Federal Funding for Schools

Leverage Federal Funding to Improve Outcomes for Students

As of March 21, 2021, the federal government enacted three funding packages worth $190 billion to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students. 

We understand education and can help you navigate and understand these funding options—including COVID Relief and GEAR UP funding—paired with solutions that can help immediately. 

Support for Educators and Learners Through K12 Federal Funding

A Message from Janet Godwin, ACT CEO

Federal Funding Types

Covid Relief Funding

CARES - $13 Billion

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted on March 27, 2020 

CRRSA - $54 Billion

Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act enacted on December 27, 2020 

ARP - $122 Billion

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act enacted on March 11, 2021 

GEAR UP Funding

GEAR UP Serves Over 600,000 Students

$360 Million in GEAR UP Funding Appropriated Annually

Average Annual Funding per Partnership Grant is $1,845,540 

Get Your Free K12 Federal Funding Toolkit!

Included in the Toolkit:

  • State-by-State Funding Tracker
  • U.S. Department of Education Fact Sheet
  • Curriculum and Assessment Planner
  • Webinars and Use Cases
Complete the form to access your Federal Funding Toolkit!

How ACT Solutions Align to Federal Funding

  Available Funding
ACT Solution Description COVID Relief
Title I, II, IV (A,B) GEAR UP
Mosaic™ by ACT® 
Social Emotional Learning
Accelerating college and career readiness for students requires a focus on both academic and social emotional learning needs. The Mosaic by ACT SEL program helps your students and teachers thrive with evidence-based and CASEL-aligned resources including Pre K-12 curriculum, assessment, and professional development – including a host of options for English Language Learners.
PreACT® 8/9 Assist students with an early measure of College and Career Readiness, while also serving as the first step toward preparing for the ACT® test. Students are tested in all four ACT subjects to receive insight on areas of academic strengths and opportunity.   
PreACT® Prepare students for postsecondary education with an assessment that simulates the ACT testing experience, predicts future success, and offers locally assigned accommodations. Students may also opt to share their information with college and scholarship agencies.   
ACT® Online Prep Arm students with the personalized and interactive digital instruction students need to learn core content measured on the ACT and to prepare effectively for the ACT. Track students' progress with custom dashboards designed to inform instruction and help students set and meet goals.  
ACT® WorkKeys® Ensure students are more than college ready but career ready, too. Boost their employability with the WorkKeys® suite, a system of assessments and curriculum that build, measure, and certify essential workplace skills. In addition to working toward higher assessment scores, students may earn college credit, which has been shown by research to increase graduation rates.  
The ACT® Equip students with a college-reportable score and opportunity for scholarship that make the college application process more attainable.  Students receive personalized college and career decision-making information to assist in establishing college performance baselines.   
ACT® Instructional Mastery By providing educators with a formalized training in a holistic understanding of the ACT test, you will advance your talent pool and improve college and career readiness of students. Educators will learn teaching strategies that advance students’ abilities to successfully master the core skills needed for college success.   
ACT® Professional Services Deepen staff knowledge and improve student outcomes. Our sessions feature research-based strategies teachers can apply in the classroom right away. They also model the hands-on, minds-on, interactive teaching style that will keep your students engaged.