Using ESSER III for Arts Education

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, significant resources were allocated to school districts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arts for All Coalition has put together a number of recourses to support arts education advocates in accessing this funding:

Download our ESSER III Arts for All Resource


The Education funding allocation ($125 billion) of the American Rescue Plan Act is the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III or ARP ESSER). ESSER III's purpose is to help schools and districts safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and must respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, and particularly those disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Over the next three years as follows:

  • FY22: Upon approval 6/30/2022 (Year 1).
  • FY22 ESSER III grant awards will be extended into FY23 - 7/1/2022 6/30/2023 (Year 2)
  • FY24 7/1/2023 6/30/2024 (Year 3)
  • FY25 7/1/2024 9/30/2024 (Year 4).


Funds will be disbursed through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary


Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) - allocations by community: allocation.aspx?view=code&fy=2022&code=119


Through Title I channels, however the allocations are independent of Title I policies.


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