Education Stabilization Fund and American Rescue Plan to the Outlying Areas

INSULAR AREAS / EDUCATION STABILIZATION FUND

84.425X / 84.425A (SEAs) and 84.425H (Governors)

Formula Grant

American Rescue Plan to the Outlying Areas

March 11, 2021 – American Rescue Plan-Outlying Areas State Educational Agencies (ARP-OA SEA)

President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) which requires the Department to award $850 million to the Outlying Areas (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands).  Funds for the ARP-OA SEA are made available to the Outlying Areas under section 2005 of the ARP (Public Law (P.L.) 117-2). Section 2005 requires the Department of Education to “allocate awards to the outlying areas on the basis of their respective needs, as determined by the Secretary.” The State Education Agency (SEA) of each Outlying Area will receive an ARP-OA SEA award in the same proportion as each State received under part A of title I shares formula for 2020.

Questions for ARP-OA SEA may go to: ESF.Outlying@ED.gov

Education Stabilization Fund to the Outlying Areas

May 5, 2020 – Education Stabilization Fund I Allocations to the Outlying Areas.

Congress set aside one-half of 1% of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the CARES Act for formula grants to the Outlying Areas of the United States, specifically: the US Virgin Islands (VI), Guam (GU), the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and American Samoa (AS).  Money made available from these grants will be used in response to the novel coronavirus of 2019 (COVID-19) and will be calculated via formula.

Each Outlying Area will receive two block grants from the Education Stabilization Fund.  One will be made to Governor’s offices and one will be made to the State Education Agency (SEA).  Each will have its own Certification and Agreement and its own uses of funds.

Questions for ESF-Outlying Areas may go to: ESF.Outlying@ED.gov

January 11, 2021 – Education Stabilization Fund II Allocations to the Outlying Areas

Section 311(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act) requires the Department to award one-half of 1 percent of the $81.88 billion appropriated to carry out the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF II) authorized by title III of the CRRSA Act, or $409,400,000, to the Outlying Areas (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands).  Section 311(a)(1) also requires the Department to make such awards “on the basis of the terms and conditions for funding provided under section 18001(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136.”

Each Outlying Area will receive two supplemental awards to the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF II).  One will be made to Governor’s offices (ESF II-Governor) and one will be made to the State Education Agency (ESF II-SEA).

Last Modified: 06/15/2021