Mississippi First does NOT administer GEER. Go to the Governor’s website and scroll to the bottom of the page to learn about funding.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Governor has announced how the Governor’s Emergency Education Response (GEER) Fund program will be allocated. The Governor has chosen to divide allocated GEER Funds into two funding categories in order to quickly and efficiently target funds to the state’s most pressing emergency needs. The Governor received $34,662,872.
The first category of funds – those for Essential Emergency Educational Services – will be distributed via a request for proposals (RFP). The Governor intends to provide up to $23M to fund proposals accepted under this RFP; however, if not enough quality proposals are received, the Governor will make leftover money available as part of the second RFP, which will address Innovative Educational Solutions to the novel coronavirus.
Emergency Essential Educational Services
Priority 1: Early Care and Education Services for Very Young Children (0-5)
Who can apply: Local Education Agencies (LEAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), or education-related entities who propose to serve very young children.
Services must address:
- Provide full- or part-time care and education for very young children who are in foster care and/or whose parents parent meet identified criteria (review the GEER-RFP Information for more details)
- Enable parents or existing care providers to improve the quality of care and education offered to very young children.
Priority 2: Care and Education Services for School-Age Young Children (5-12) and School-Age Persons with Diagnosed Developmental Delays, Intellectual Disabilities, or Mental or Behavioral Health Disabilities (5-21)
Who can apply: LEAs, IHEs, or education-related entities who propose to serve school-age young children or persons with special needs. Services must address:
- Provide school-day or work-day care during day-time work hours (7 AM-6 PM) for school-age young children in foster care and/or whose parent meet identified criteria (review the GEER-RFP Information for more details)
- Provide full- or part-time care for persons with diagnosed developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, or mental or behavioral health disabilities who are in foster care and/or who meet identified criteria (review the GEER-RFP Information for more details)
Completed program proposals can be sent to GEER@govreeves.ms.gov.
Below, you will find the applications for each priority, detailed information about the RFP, RFP guidance, RFP rubric, and budget template in Excel.