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Future Forward Ohio covers the state’s strategic priorities for using federal funding to help students recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to students experiencing the greatest disruption to learning. Focused. This was led by Ohio House Bill 169, which identified the primary uses for the American Relief Plan (ARP) and Emergency Assistance for Elementary and Middle Schools (ESSER). federal funds. Future Forward Ohio has three coordinating strategies for promoting student success.

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Overcome Learning Barriers

Address barriers that prevent students from engaging in learning, such as attendance
Health, Mental Health, High Speed ​​Internet Access.

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Accelerate learning

Through programs such as after-school and summer programs, we provide more, more effective learning opportunities and use high-quality materials to guide and support school districts.

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Prepare students for future success

We help students rediscover the ‘why’ of learning and help them transition smoothly through career and university connections.

The Future Forward Ohio “Spotlights” series showcases promising practices from across Ohio.

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Federal COVID-19 Relief Response

The federal government has transferred funds to Ohio to help students through various funding sources, each with their own timeline, as shown in the dashboard on this page. The state uses her federal COVID-19 relief funds to support Future Forward Ohio initiatives, but most of the funds went directly to districts. The dashboard below shows how the funds have been distributed and how they have been spent to date.

Dashboards only tell part of the story. Click the button below to see highlights of how relief money is being spent to accelerate learning, help students overcome obstacles, and prepare students for college and careers.

Federal COVID-19 Relief Dashboard

A dashboard shows how each round of federal COVID-19 relief funding was allocated to schools and school districts in Ohio. Specifically, this information highlights ESSER funding, ARP funding, and the first, second, and third rounds of various allocations of state funding.


Funding source Offer period
Elementary and Junior High School Emergency Support (ESSER) I March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2022
Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) I March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2022
Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Including BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant

March 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021

Esser II

March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2023

Gael II

March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2023

Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS)

March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2023

American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER III

March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2024

ARP Disability Education Act (IDEA)

1 July 2021 – September 30, 2023

ARP Homeless Children and Youth

March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2024


Commencement of contract – September 30, 2024

Organizations may be granted a carry-forward period for each ESSER grant. Carryover is the process of carrying over unobligated funds remaining at the end of an award period to the next budget period to cover acceptable costs.

Last updated: Jul 15, 2022 16:57:02