Monday, October 12, 2020 - 05:45 pm

BISMARCK, N.D. – Competitive grants are now available to K-12 school districts for developing and improving the availability of distance or remote learning techniques and technologies, Gov. Doug Burgum announced today.

The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, created by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), allows the governor to provide support to education-related entities and institutions of higher education.

In collaboration with the state Department of Public Instruction, the Governor’s Office has released a competitive grant program to support the unique challenges and inspire innovative practices associated with providing educational opportunities and meeting local needs. North Dakota received approximately $5.93 million in GEER funding from the U.S. Department of Education, $2.48 million of which is available through the K-12 competitive process.

“This grant opportunity allows school districts to seek reimbursement for investments made to improve education delivery and support services to students and families across North Dakota,” Burgum said.

All education-related entities are eligible to apply for the GEER grants. Grantees may receive up to $200,000 each based on their application. The application is available online here. Applications are due on or before Oct. 23.

In addition to the grants to K-12 education, the remaining GEER funding is being utilized for a Higher Education COVID Modified Learning and Workforce Grant. Applications were accepted and once selected will be utilized to support modified education across public and private institutions and support entry and re-entry into high-demand workforce needs.