Breaking Down CARES Act Funding


Calling back-to-school 2020-2021 “extraordinary” is an understatement. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, school leaders are grappling with making decisions about the best way to deliver learning to their communities’ students, changing school calendars and, above, all ensuring the safety of students, teachers and staff.

They are also facing new demands on their budgets for everything from technology and professional development to support remote learning to the cost of sanitizing buildings and providing PPE. The Federal CARES Act, passed in March 2020, includes money that can be used for these unanticipated expenditures and more, such as school meals, technology to support remote learning, professional development and resources to ensure students’ physical and mental health.

Our new infographic , CARES Education Funding by State, District, and Student Allocations, gives you a birds-eye view into the amount of CARES funding states are receiving and four views into how the allocations are broken down by district. 

A Look at CARES Education Funding

As you plan your outreach to schools, here are five perspectives on how that money is being allocated across the country:

  1. Allocation Ranges by State
  2. Top Districts by Dollar Allocation
  3. Top Districts by Student Allocation
  4. District Allocation Ranges
  5. Per- Student Allocation Ranges

Your company may be in the unique position to provide districts with the resources and support that they need to open schools safely this year, whether students are going back to brick-and-mortar school, in a hybrid model or through remote learning. As the funds flow to states, districts, and then schools, it is critical that you understand how your products and solutions can be purchased with these dollars.

The MDR team stands ready to answer your questions and help you develop strategies to reach and engage these customers, such as:

  • What CARES funds are available  
  • How those funds can be used
  • Ways to help your customers leverage this funding
  • Tips for a go to market strategy

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