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Education Stabilization Fund - Rethink K12 Education Models (ESF-REM) Discretionary Grants Program

Grants to USA State Educational Agencies to Address the
Effects of the Coronavirus Crisis on Student Learning

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U.S. Department of Education - Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)

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06/29/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA State educational agencies to address the educational needs of students in regions most affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of funding is to support activities that help prevent, prepare for, and respond to the effects of the pandemic.

The purpose of the ESF-REM Grant program is to provide support to State educational agencies SEAs) (as defined in the NIA) in States with the highest coronavirus burden (as defined in the NIA) to address specific educational needs of students, their parents, and teachers in public and non-public elementary and secondary schools. The Department plans to make awards to States for a variety of activities to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to the devastating effects of the coronavirus, to include addressing the remote learning (as defined in the NIA) needs of students throughout the United States. 

Absolute Priorities

The ESF-REM Grants competition includes three absolute priorities of which the applicant addresses one priority. The Secretary intends to award grants under each of the absolute priorities for which applications of sufficient quality are submitted. An SEA may only submit one application to the ESF-REM Grants competition.

These priorities are:

  • Absolute Priority 1— Continued Learning Parent Microgrants. Applications that propose microgrants to allow a parent to access high-quality remote learning options from a list of education and related services, expenses, and providers, which may include any needed connectivity and devices, that meets the student’s educational needs.
  • Absolute Priority 2— Statewide Virtual Learning and Course Access Programs. Applications that propose projects that encourage the development and/or expansion of a highquality course-access program (as defined in the NIA) or statewide virtual school (as defined in the NIA).
  • Absolute Priority 3— Field-Initiated Projects for Educational Models for Remote Learning to Improve Student Outcomes. Applications that propose projects that demonstrate a rationale and that are designed to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale field-initiated educational models for remote learning. Projects should address specific needs pertaining to accessing high-quality remote learning opportunities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189491

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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 13-14; 4 awards under each absolute priority, dependent on sufficient quality

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Range of Awards: $5,000,000 - $20,000,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $15,000,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Up to 36 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: SEAs

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education will host the REM pre-application webinar on Wednesday, June 3 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

Participation in the webinar is optional; however, interested applicants should register at the following link: If you have questions regarding the registration process or would like to request accommodations, please direct them to

This webinar is an opportunity for SEAs interested in applying for a REM grant to hear the Department discuss critical elements associated with the grant competition such as eligibility, application requirements and selection criteria, as well as learn more about the application submission and review processes.

The pre-application webinar will also include opportunities for participants to ask questions. Following the webinar, the presentation slide deck, recording and webinar transcript will be posted to this website.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received on or before 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on June 29, 2020.

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply

The Department can develop a more efficient process for reviewing grant applications if it has a better understanding of the number of entities that intend to apply for funding under this competition. Each potential applicant is strongly encouraged to notify the Department of its intent to apply by sending a short email message with the applicant organization’s name and address with “Intent to Apply” in the email subject line by May 19, 2020. Applicants that do not provide this email notification may still apply for funding.

Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date and time stamped by the system no later than 11:59:59 p.m. (Eastern Time), on the application deadline date. Do not wait until the last day to submit your application. The time it takes to upload the narratives for your application will vary depending on several factors including the size of the files and the speed of your Internet connection.

To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using, you must:

(1) Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
(2) Register both your DUNS and TIN with the System for Award Management (, the Government’s primary registrant database;
(3) Provide your DUNS and TIN on your application; and
(4) Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

Important COVID-19 SAM registration update

During this time, has relaxed the requirement for applicants to have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to apply for funding. In the event a registration expires before an award is issued, the Department will relax the active registration requirement, and not delay funds due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Please keep in mind that the system will not be available for use during the times listed below.

- May 16-18, 2020: Scheduled Maintenance Outage
- June 20-22, 2020: Scheduled Maintenance Outage

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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