$115M in ED Grants Aim To Help Schools Recover from Disasters

Jerry Ashworth
January 8, 2020 at 07:37:39 ET
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Following a natural disaster, most of the public interest focus often centers around homeowners and how they will recover and rebuild. Other main concerns tend to be about the local infrastructure, including roads, safe water systems and electricity. However, not much press is typically given to the effect a natural disaster has on student education. Federal grants from the Department of Education (ED) aim to assist not only when schools are damaged or destroyed during the natural disaster, but to help with other extenuating issues.

We mention this because ED last month provided $155 in federal grant assistance to 13 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) that were impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu and other natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. The funds will be used for various education-related activities including mental health and safety programs for students and staff, replacing instructional materials lost during storms, additional transportation costs for students, faculty and staff salaries, and debris removal and mold mitigation from schools.

The funds were provided under three ED grant programs.

  • The Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations program, which awards grants to state education agencies (SEAs) to provide assistance or services related to the restart of operations in, the reopening of, and the re-enrollment of students in public and non-public elementary and secondary schools that serve an area affected by a covered disaster or emergency.
  • The Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program, which awards grants to SEAs to help districts pay the extra costs of providing education to students displaced by natural disasters.
  • The Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education program, which awards grants to institutions of higher education to mitigate the effects of a covered disaster or emergency, including renovation or reconstruction of damaged facilities. Priority is given to projects that support students who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Along with CMNI, these awards were made to the states of California, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin. Awards also went to Northern Marianas College, Butte College, Butte-Glenn Community College District in California, Saint Augustine's University in North Carolina, Gulf Coast State College in Florida, Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, Albany State University in Georgia and the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hopefully, these funds will help these states and colleges continue to rebuild their efforts to provide high-quality education.

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Federal Grants Forum: Charleston, SC | February 5 – 7, 2020
Federal Grants Forum: Portland, OR | May 13 – 15, 2020
Federal Grants Forum: Chicago, IL | August 12 – 14, 2020
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