On March 24, 2021, the Montana OPI received from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Funds, authorized under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. The ARP-ESSER provides $382,019,236 (ESSER III) for Montana schools to safely reopen and sustain safe operations of schools while meeting the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of students resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This marks the third round of ESSER funding that Montana has received and is available through September 2024.  



COVID Related Funding Received By Montana Schools  

COVID-Related Funding Received for Public and Non-Public Schools Graphic: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) I = $41,295,230; ESSER II = $170,099,465; ESSER III = $382,019,236; Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) = $24,679,709; Total Funds = $605,318,735  

COVID Related Funding Spent 

• June 15, 2022 •

COVID-Related Funding Spent Graphic: ESSER I (Total= $41,295,230; $39,077,623 Spent; 95% Spent); ESSER II (Total= $170,099,465; $78,909,359  Spent; 46% Spent); ESSER III (Total= $382,019,236; $51,034,297 Spent; 13% Spent); EANS (Total=$11,904,804; $1,143,305  Spent, 10% Spent)

Broadband Survey for Schools

Contact Info

Wendi Fawns, ESSER/EANS Director, 406-437-8595


ESSER Conference August 9 - Videos & Slides

ARP-ESSER State Plan

On August 5th, the U.S. Department of Education approved the ARP ESSER State Plan for Montana that the OPI had submitted on June 7th.  This action allows the OPI to begin transferring the remaining one-third of the ESSER III Fund balance to school districts.  It also gives the OPI an approved roadmap for helping our great Montana schools use this large influx of Federal funding to innovate and improve instruction for our Montana students.  Our plan recognizes local control, removes obstacles and barriers for schools, and enhances accountability without being overly burdensome.

Plan Attachments

School District Plans


FAQ and Guidances



ESSER District Resources

District Plan Resources

Content Area One-Pagers

Data Collection Resources

Allocation & Status Update

Board of Trustees Reports

Procedural Guidances, Manuals, and Tip Sheets

LEA ESSER & Continuity of Service Plans



Other Resources

Lead Remediation