Coronavirus Relief Information

Coronavirus Relief Information

See the topics below and click to expand each of those sections for more specific information.

COVID Relief


Closed Grant Programs

CARES K-12 Support (CRF)

The purpose of the Support for K-12 Education is to provide assistance to LEAs with COVID-19 related expenditures through December 30, 2020.

COVID-19 Response Supply Reimbursement Grant

Funds are available to reimburse districts for a 25% share of costs associated with personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical and cleaning supplies for school buildings and buses.

Emergency Worker Childcare

Some schools provided childcare services for families of medical professionals and emergency workers supporting the COVID-19 response effort in spring 2020.  A one-time application process has been developed to collect eligible expenditures for such services.

Missouri Student Connectivity Grant

Seamless Summer Option Meals and Safety Resources During COVID-19

Transportation for Meal Delivery

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Reimbursements are available for direct costs associated with delivering meals when school buildings were closed during spring 2020.

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II)
American Rescue Plan (ARP) - Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III)
Know the steps to receive your ARP ESSER Relief Funds

As school districts and charter schools are working to complete their ARP ESSER (ESSER III) applications, DESE has published an infographic to clarify for applicants the steps in the application process. Applicants should refer to the ESSER III Application Guidance for LEAs for detailed information on the application.

Coding Guidance

ARP ESSER (ESSER III) Maintenance of Equity (MOEquity)

ARP ESSER (ESSER III) Missouri State Plan

DESE submitted to the United States Department of Education (USED) the application required to receive Missouri’s allocation for the ARP ESSER fund, often referred to by DESE as ESSER III. Missouri’s allocation totals $1.96 billion, 90 percent of which will be distributed directly to LEAs to spend on a wide range of allowable uses to respond to COVID-19. DESE will use the remaining 10 percent of the funds to address the impact of COVID-19 through state-level projects and initiatives. Portions of both local and state dollars must be reserved for specific targeted uses.

Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools Program (EANS)
Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools Program (EANS II)
Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)
Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II)
Missouri Student Connectivity Grant

This project supports student connectivity across the state, specifically by increasing both access to WiFi and the number of devices in the hands of Missouri students.

Missouri Postsecondary Advising Initiative
Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grants 

Staffing shortages in the teaching profession have consistently been a challenge for a number of years. There is every reason to believe that COVID-19 only exacerbated the problem. To address these challenges, the Department has designated over $50 million in state reserve funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to establish a Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grant program. This program will support teacher recruitment and retention efforts over the next three school years.  

Transportation Supplement

Funds to support student transportation costs related to COVID-19 is being provided to schools through a supplemental grant via ePeGs.

Waivers and Related Documents
COVID Relief Contact Information


Section Contact



Julie Cowell or Theresa Villmer



ESEA Finance

573-751-2641 or 573-751-8643

Emergency Childcare

School Finance (David Tramel)


Families First Coronavirus Response Funds

School Foods


Meal Delivery

School Finance


Missouri Student Connectivity

Amber Riley



School Finance (David Tramel)


Sheltered Workshop Assistance

Special Education Finance


State Schools Transp. Supplement

Special Education Finance


Teacher Recruitment & Retention Office of Educator Quality


Transportation Supplement

School Finance