The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump on February 9, 2018, included significant new funding to support disaster relief. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) will award up to $2.7 billion to assist K-12 schools, school districts and institutions of higher education (IHEs) in meeting the educational needs of students affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the 2017 California wildfires. The eligible states and territories are Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Secretary Devos sent out a letter about these available grants. Applications are now available.
The Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE) released Frequently Asked Questions for the Restart Program in April 2018. The Restart program is designed to support the provision of immediate services or assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and non-public schools in areas where a major disaster or emergency was declared related to the consequences of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and/or Maria or the California wildfires in 2017. Funds will be used to assist school administrators and personnel in restarting school operations, re-opening schools, and re-enrolling students.
The U.S. Department of Education posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs ) for the Emergency Impact Aid (EIA) disaster assistance program. This guidance document addresses many of the questions that may arise as the program is implemented. It will also assist stakeholders in submitting any revised data on the numbers of displaced students. The Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students (Emergency Impact Aid) program provides funds to assist with the cost of educating public and non-public students displaced by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, or the 2017 California wildfires. Under the Emergency Impact Aid program, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) awards grants to eligible State educational agencies (SEAs) to enable them to make emergency impact aid payments to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) and eligible Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)-funded schools to assist with the cost of educating displaced students who are served by those agencies and schools or who attend eligible non-public schools located in the areas served by those agencies. See Section C of this document for more information about eligible LEAs and schools.
Both FAQs are also available on the Department of Education's Disaster Relief website .