COVID HEER ESSER Funds Demystified

How to Make a Lasting Impact with the Education Stabilization Fund


One thing that never ceases to amaze us is how little anyone knows about the Education Stabilization Fund created in response to COVID. There’s still a surprising percentage of this $274 BILLION fund left unspent, and if schools don’t use it very soon, they’ll lose it. Find out how to prepare your funding proposal so you can make a difference that’ll outlive the virus.


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Funding Guidelines

How can you use COVID funds?

“These funds can be used for any allowable use of funds under other federal education programs, including the Every Student Succeeds Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.”

Association for Career and Technical Education CTE Policy Watch

Where do you start?

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Find Your Fund

Whether you need ESSER funds for K-12 or HEER funds for colleges, this video will help you find what’s available in your district.

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Build a Wishlist

You can use COVID relief funds for everything you usually buy with Perkins Funds – let us know what you need and we’ll help you get it.

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Request our help

We’ll help you draft up a competitive funding proposal that details how your wishlist items align with the COVID-19 funding guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

What if THey Say the money is All Gone?

If you see unspent funds on the official reporting site, it’s possible that “gone” just means they’ve prepared a rough budget, so persistence and a thoughtful proposal might shake things up in your favor. Let us know if this is the case, and we’ll help you come up with a game plan.

How can I use these funds?

The official funding guidelines say these funds can be used to buy anything that helps prepare you to teach in a distanced learning environment, or helps you make up for student learning loss caused by the pandemic. Our training tools make it easy to do class demonstrations and exercises on a webcam, and they’re designed to help you teach more in less time, so you can use COVID funds to buy just about anything at

When are these funds availalbe?

Now. All funds were distributed to colleges and school districts over the past few years, and the spending deadlines are rapidly approaching. If you’re at a college, your funds expire June 30, 2023 and you’ll need to submit an extension request before June 20 if you need more time to spend the funds. Contact us ASAP if you need help requesting an extension.

Who should I talk to?

Start with your local DAKTIC training consultant – they’ll help you put together a game plan and a funding proposal that you can take to your admins. But, in general, these funds are being handled by the same people who administer your Perkins funds. 

How Can I compete for these Funds?

Talk to your local DAKTIC rep. They’ll help you put together a funding proposal that details how the equipment you need aligns with the official funding guidelines, and the’ll even help you talk to your department chair, principle, CTE director, etc. to help you get them on board.

When do these funds expire?

HEERF funds (for colleges and universities) are available for spending until June 30, 2023. Click here for the form you’ll need to request a no cost extension and submit your application by June 20, 2023 if you need more time. Your local DAKTIC rep can help with this application. ESSER funds (for K12 programs) are available for obligation through September 30, 2024.


Imagine someone handed you millions of dollars and told you to spend it responsibly. Would you send a mass email to everyone on campus telling them it was all up for grabs? If you’ve been told COVID funds are all gone, there’s reason to believe the funds have merely been loosely budgeted and could be moved around if you submit a compelling proposal with our help.

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browse all states on the official reporting site


ESSER Fund = $4 Billion
Spent 48.7%
HEER Fund = $1.5 Billion
Spent 90.8%


ESSER Fund = $23 Billion
Spent 56.8%
HEER Fund = $10 Billion
Spent 91.9%


ESSER Fund = $1.8 Billion
Spent 50.1%
HEER Fund = $983 Million
Spent 94.3%


ESSER Fund = $684 Million
Spent 55.8%
HEER Fund = $242 Million
Spent 96.7%


ESSER Fund = $593 Million
Spent 44.9%
HEER Fund = $233 Million
Spent 90.1%

New Mexico

ESSER Fund = $1.5 Billion
Spent 37.9%
HEER Fund = $451 Million
Spent 87.8%


ESSER Fund = $1.7 Billion
Spent 51.4%
HEER Fund = $407 Million
Spent 95.9%


ESSER Fund = $1.7 Billion
Spent 42.8%
HEER Fund = $782 Million
Spent 96.1%


ESSER Fund = $958 Million
Spent 49.4%
HEER Fund = $764 Million
Spent 91.5%


ESSER Fund = $2.9 Billion
Spent 62.7%
HEER Fund = $1.3 Billion
Spent 95.7%


ESSER Fund = $472 Million
Spent 39.6%
HEER Fund = $83 Million
Spent 93.7%