Deadline Approaching for Institutions to Apply for CARES Act Grant Program Funds
August 24, 2020

​Colleges and universities have until Sept. 10 to file a notice of intent with the Department of Education to apply for funding from the CARES Act-funded Institutional Resilience and Expanded Postsecondary Opportunity program.

The deadline for submitting grant applications is Oct. 20.

The department anticipates awarding 19 grants totaling $28 million. That is the amount remaining from the $349 million pool for institutions particularly impacted by the pandemic that was in the CARES Act, the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Congress approved in March. The measure allocated $14 billion overall to higher education.

These grants can be used in a variety of ways, including resuming operations, supporting students, reducing disease transmission, and developing more agile instructional delivery models for students who cannot or choose not to attend classes in person. The $322 million initially allocated from the program went to 981 institutions.

The notice inviting applications is available in the Aug. 21 Federal Register. All applications for the IREPO program must be submitted electronically using The opportunity number is ED-GRANTS-082120-001.

For more information, visit the IREPO grant competition page.

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