Federal Funding Options

ACT has identified federal grant programs from the U.S. Department of Education that can support your district’s purchase of solutions to personalize learning and increase student engagement. For your convenience, we have provided details of these funding options below. To request information, click here.

NEW! CARES Act Education Stabilization Fund

CARES Act Education Stabilization Fund – Rethink K12 Education Models Grants (EF-REM Grants)

  • Development or expansion of a high-quality course-access program or statewide virtual school
  • New field-initiated models for providing remote education to meet the specific educational needs of the state.  Proposed projects should address specific needs related to accessing high-quality remote learning opportunities.   These projects should be designed to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale field-initiated educational models for remote learning.
  • Textbooks, curricula, or other instructional materials

CARES Act Education Stabilization Fund — Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER – Section 18002)

  • Grants to each governor. Each state has a different formula or process for disbursement of these funds.

CARES Act Education Stabilization Fund – Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER – Section 18003)

  • Each state determines whether there is an allocation or application process to access these funds.
  • Authorized uses of the funds include support for:
  • Providing principals and other school leaders with resources to address the needs of their individual schools
  • Purchasing education technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the LEA that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between classroom instructors and students, including low-income students and students with disabilities, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment
  • Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care

Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies (ESEA Title I, Part A)

  • Differentiate instruction: built-in tools to easily customize resources by readability levels, identify resources in a student’s native language, present information in a variety of formats, and provide literacy support to assist struggling readers.
  • Comprehensive content solution: all grades, all subject areas, all learning resource types.
  • ELL area: designed specifically for English language learners and the teachers who work with them, provides online resources related to students for whom English is not a first language.
  • Standard-Alignment: all resources are aligned to state and Common Core standards.
  • Parent involvement support: 24×7 access from anywhere.
  • Teacher resources: Supporting Common Core, Curriculum Development, Diverse Instructional Strategies, Lesson Planning, Assessment, Gifted Education, Response to Intervention (RTI), Professional Learning.

Special Education--Grants to States (IDEA Part B)

  • Differentiate instruction: built-in tools to easily customize resources by readability levels, identify resources in a student’s native language, present information in a variety of formats, and provide literacy support to assist struggling readers.
  • Comprehensive content solution: all grades, all subject areas, all learning resource types.
  • Standard-Alignment: all resources are aligned to state and Common Core standards.
  • Literacy support tools: text-to-speech and dictionary tools accommodate specific needs and provide improved access to the general education curriculum.

Improving Teacher Quality State Grants (Title II, Part A)

  • Save teachers time when differentiating instruction: easy access to online resources that are aligned to Common Core and state standards and cover all grades, all subject levels, all learning resource types.
  • Bring online resources together in an efficient, organized way: My Portfolio/My Content area enables teachers to effectively utilize online resources for classroom instruction, individual students or groups of students to target specific student needs.
  • Assist teachers in integrating technology into instruction: access to program and activities specifically designed to support teachers.
  • Library of resources to support teacher practice: resources on Common Core, curriculum development and lesson plans, among others.

English Language Acquisition (Title III, Part A)

  • Differentiate instruction: built-in tools to easily customize resources by readability levels, identify resources in a student’s native language, present information in a variety of formats, and provide literacy support to assist struggling readers.
  • ELL area: designed specifically for English language learners and the teachers who work with them, provides online resources related to students for whom English is not a first language.
  • Standard-Alignment: all resources are aligned to state and Common Core standards.
  • Supports parent involvement: 24×7 access from anywhere.
  • Literacy support tools: text-to-speech and dictionary tools accommodate specific needs and provide improved access to the general education curriculum.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

  • Standard-Alignment: all resources are aligned to state and Common Core standards.
  • Comprehensive content solution: all grades, all subject areas, all learning resource types.
  • Supports parent involvement: 24×7 access from anywhere.
  • ELL area: designed specifically for English language learners and the teachers who work with them, provides online resources related to students for whom English is not a first language.
  • Work at challenging levels: students have access to all grade-level content.