ESSER III Funds for Texas

Funding Breakdown

You can hover over the pie chart below to see how the total $12.4 billion in ESSER III funds will be allocated to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and local education agencies (LEAs = school districts). Below that, you can see how much your school districts will receive. As an OST provider, we hope you will advocate to your local school districts to partner with you to provide OST programs for their students using funds from their 20% minimum reserve for learning loss, which explicitly calls out summer and afterschool programs as an allowable use.

Timeline & Status

  • March 11, 2021: American Rescue Plan (ARP), including ESSER III funds, signed into law
  • April 11, 2021: U.S. Department of Education provided states with ESSER III spending guidelines (COVID-19 Handbook Vol. 2), which include OST and summer learning and enrichment as evidence-based interventions for accelerated learning and explicitly recommends partnering with community-based organizations to implement those interventions
  • April 28, 2021: State of Texas accepts ARP ESSER III funds from the federal government
  • April 29, 2021: School districts can apply to receive their initial allocation of ESSER III funds through the TEA Grant Opportunities webpage
  • July 27, 2021: Deadline for school districts to apply for their initial allocation of ESSER III funds
  • Now: School districts deciding how they will spend ESSER III funds, specifically their 20% reserve for learning loss, which can be used for afterschool and summer programs—they will then likely open up a Request for Proposals (RFP) from community organizations
  • Now: TXPOST advocating at state, regional, and local levels for learning loss, summer, and afterschool reserves to be invested in community partnerships
  • Now: Community-based organizations advocating to school districts for learning loss reserve to be invested in OST programs with their organizations

Federal & State Information