Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund is designated to support K-12 schools to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the declaration of statewide school closures. The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) will administer this fund.

Arizona’s award is based on the proportionate share of Title I-A funds received in FY20 (SY19-20):


  • 90% of Arizona’s award ($249 million) must be sub-granted to LEAs. Funds are allocated based on each LEA’s proportionate share of Title I-A funds received in FY20 (SY19-20).
  • 5%of the total award may be reserved for ADE state-level activities to support K-12 relief, prevention and preparation, and recovery efforts
  • No more than 5%of the total award may be reserved by ADE for administrative costs
The following is a breakdown of Arizona’s ESSER Fund award:

Initial Project Term: March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2021

Funds will remain available for obligation through September 30, 2022

Phases to Recovery

ADE encourages a three-phase approach to plan to leverage ESSER Funds to respond to state and local needs in relation to COVID-19: