Is Your Community Taking Advantage of the Billions in ARP-ESSER Funds?
Looking for some assistance in funding your school playground, outdoor fitness center, or outdoor classroom? ARP-ESSER funds can be used to meet those needs.
In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan was signed to provide additional relief for individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Plan also includes funding for state, local and tribal governments as well as education—known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER).
All funds must be incurred and obligated by Dec. 31, 2024. Funds must be expended, and work completed by Dec. 31, 2026.
According to experts connected to the parks and recreation field as well as schools, the ARP is unlike any prior funding because ALL counties, cities, and schools will receive funding. Additionally, these experts believe it’s one of the most flexible spending bills. So how can you take advantage of this funding?
Texas received $1.3 billion in ESSER I (Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, an additional $5.5 billion in ESSER II, and $12.4 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds (also referred to as ESSER III).
Your Municipal and School District leaders are deciding now how to use these funds. Here are just a few ideas for how funding from these resources could be used:
- Build an outdoor classroom allowing children to spend more time outside learning.
- You can build new playgrounds or renovate old ones, add a splash pad or shade or outdoor fitness equipment.
- Create inclusive play spaces that allow children of all ages and abilities to play together.
- Add sensory play that will allow children of all ages and abilities to integrate and develop their senses.
- Add site amenities such as benches, trash receptacles, bike racks, etc.
Reach out to your community leaders to find out how these funds are being used!
Let Us Help You! Have you checked to see if ARP/ESSER funding applies to your upcoming projects? Does your city/county or school already have an ARP/ESSER plan? If you don’t know, inquire with the appropriate person within your city/ county or school. There could be additional funding available. We’d love an opportunity to support your upcoming projects. Contact us to get started on a project plan today.
|See below for ideas on how park and school projects might be eligible: