The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as CARES, is offsetting the major economic upset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Education funding has been at the forefront, and some of the most vital social sectors, including schools, are receiving special allocations.
VESTA Modular is working with educational institutions around the country to provide the space they need with modular classrooms and school portables. Many of the CARES Act monetary stipends and benefits can actually cover the cost of this. Keep reading to find out how, and contact the portable and modular classroom experts at VESTA for more information.
When it comes to classrooms and the CARES act, everyone from politicians to parents recognize the essential nature of having adequate classroom space.
Here are some of the high points of how the U.S. government is helping students during the pandemic, and how a new FEMA initiative is providing education funding and school portable funding for schools in need.
The CARES Act’s Education Stabilization Fund is supporting students at every level. Early education and childcare, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges are all eligible for various kinds of funding and aid. If your educational institution is considering CARES Act funding, here’s what you need to know.
In all, around $31 billion of CARES Act money is going toward emergency education funding.
CARES education provisions will be allocated in this way:
One of the acceptable uses for CARES Act money for schools is on construction and equipment purchases. The Education Stabilization Fund allows for Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) money to go toward the following school building purchases or projects:
This specific allowance was actioned on February 18, 2021 and is a new way in which schools can use CARES Act money.
One of the ways in which schools will obtain even more funding is to be granted federal awards. By submitting the right documentation, including applications and budgets, education funding may be awarded. This could give schools the ability to purchase everything from education technology supplies to more classroom space with school portables. The process could be sharply competitive and has strict requirements and deadlines.
Private schools have perhaps experienced even greater loss than public schools due to the pandemic, but relief is available. An interim rule on July 1, 2020 stated that CARES Act Programs Equitable Services must be provided for both teachers and students in schools. Administrators in both public and private schools quickly learned how to access federal coronavirus stimulate money to offset the major budgetary strain the crisis has presented.
Distributed funds from the CARES Act may be used for construction and/or equipment as schools adjust to the new normal. The Department of Education has CARES Act Funding Information that can help school leaders determine whether school portables and modular buildings are eligible for aid.
In addition to resources provided under the CARES Act, a new source for funding large education expenditures is becoming available.
President Joe Biden has tasked FEMA with 100% cost-sharing of COVID-19 expenses. This COVID-19 FEMA cost-sharing is going to include both work-related/project costs and infrastructure costs. A 100% federal share in the form of reimbursement, will immediately apply to non-congregate sheltering.
Portable classrooms also qualify for this delineation. All activities conducted between January 21, 2021 and September 30, 2021 could fall under this provision. Educators are elated at the prospect of buying school portables to reduce crowding in classrooms, while receiving aid from the government to do so.
In an effort to resolve the issue of overcrowded classrooms, many schools are buying and installing classroom portables. School portables have long-been a permanent solution to overcrowding in schools. Now that COVID-19 social distancing mandates are in place, administrators and educators are more pressed than ever to make room. The FEMA reimbursement will apply to eligible schools and childcare facilities.
FEMA reimbursements for schools can be used for anything that assists the “safe opening and operating of schools.” Per many state regulations, this means increasing school capacity and enabling students to maintain expert-recommended social distance. Of course, the ability to implement these policies is impossible without more physical space. Both relocatable buildings and permanent modular construction are ideal solutions for schools that can be funded by FEMA.
Do you have more questions about the FEMA 100% cost share for schools? Buying a portable classroom may be the precise solution your school needs. Experts are widely recommending that as many students as possible return to in-person learning. In most schools around the country, in-person classes can only return if more classrooms are built or brought in. The fastest and most cost-efficient way to get more space for schools is to buy and install a portable classroom.
Getting FEMA cost-sharing for portable modular classrooms means that a school can obtain:
Whatever your school space needs may be, VESTA Modular can help. Browse our portable classroom buildings for sale and our complete guide to modular classrooms, or contact us today to learn more about how you can secure a portable classroom and get reimbursed by FEMA or funded by the CARES Act.