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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) 3.0

Tennessee will receive $2.48 billion of the nationally available $122.8 billion in ESSER 3.0 funds, which the state must allocate according to federal guidelines:

  • At least 90 percent (~$2.2 billion) must be awarded as subgrants to local education agencies (LEAs) with allocations based solely on the Title I formula.
  • At least 5 percent (~$124.3 million) must be used to address learning loss through evidence-based interventions (e.g., summer learning, extended day, and extended school year programs).
  • At least 1 percent (~$24.8 million) must be included for summer enrichment activities.
  • At least 1 percent (~$24.8 million) must be dedicated to after-school programs.

For ESSER 3.0 funds, each LEA must use at least 20 percent of allocated funds to address learning loss, with the rest intended to help make schools safe for in-person instruction (e.g., repairing ventilation systems, reducing class sizes, and purchasing personal protective equipment). This is similar to ESSER 2.0 funds, but the percentages are new. ESSER 3.0 will be available at least through September 2024. Additional federal guidance will be available around June.

Manchester City Schools is currently working on a plan to utilize ESSER 3.0 funds for the district. The community of Manchester can provide feedback and input on the upcoming plan by contacting Cari Pugh, Exceptional Education Director at 931-728-2316 or