Montgomery County launches CARES Act grants for local educational institutions

Program to help education providers adapt to pandemic

Montgomery County launched another $10 million grant program on July 30. The latest program is aimed at helping educational institutions serve students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our schools are faced with many challenges from this terrible pandemic,” said Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commission President. “Education is so vital to the growth of our community. These funds will help our local institutions deal with the costs of these changes as they find ways to safely teach our county’s young people.”

The education grant program is being funded by the federal CARES Act. These funds can be used for mortgage or rent, utilities, costs related to nutritional programs, PPE supplies, and technology.

Public and private school districts, charter schools, and STEM schools are eligible to apply. These funds can be used to cover COVID-19 related expenses between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

“We know there is a large need for our schools,” said Marvene Mitchell-Cook, Director of the Office of CARES Act. “On top of the changes to how they will teach, educators are working with limited budgets to build a safe learning environment. We hope these funds will help.”

Grants of up to $3 million will be awarded to eligible educational institutions.

Requirements for the education grant program:

  • Must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Education
  • Must serve students living in Montgomery County, Ohio
  • Must be physically located in Montgomery County, Ohio

Instructions to apply and a link to the online application are available at www.mcohiocares.org. Website visitors can also sign up for email alerts for future CARES Act financial aid programs for agriculture and healthcare institutions.

As part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Treasury has issued Montgomery County $92 million of a planned $200 million allocation. This funding will be used to provide financial relief to individuals and businesses that have experienced hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.