• ESSER III Funding

  • ESSER FundsOn March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law. In it, the U.S. Department of Education is providing an additional $121.9 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER Fund). This legislation awards grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) for providing local educational agencies (LEAs, i.e., school districts) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.

    South Carolina will receive $2,112,051,487 in ARP ESSER funds from the ARP Act, with 90 percent being awarded to LEAs with amounts determined in proportion to the amount of Title I, Part A funds they received in summer 2020. The remaining funds to South Carolina will be used for state-level activities to address issues caused by COVID-19. 
    Charleston County School District's (CCSD) total award is $163,231,134. Ninety percent or $146 million of CCSD's award will directly address district stakeholder priorities and support to students and teachers.


  • CCSD ESSER III Program Partner Application for Community-Based Organizations (CBOs)

    High-quality, evidence-based programs offered through established Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) is both an allowable and recommended use of these funds. CCSD intends to partner with organizations that support students in this district. Interested and eligible CBOs may submit proposals (en Español) for partnerships with CCSD for this program. Proposals should include programs which a) reflect a detailed requested funding plan, b) exclusively support CCSD students and their families, c) address priority #1 below and at least of one the other top 6 priorities, d) identify measures of programs success and, e) reflect a strategy of enduring impact beyond the term of the ESSER III program.

    1. Needs of low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care
    2. Learning loss
    3. Summer learning and afterschool programs
    4. Mental health services and support for students
    5. Educational technology for students
    6. Improve indoor air quality in schools

    The deadline for proposal submission is October 11, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this opportunity, please contact us at partnerships@charleston.k12.sc.us.