CARES Act Funding: Education

Funding to benefit Idaho eductional instutituions and students across the state

Idaho Rebounds: Supporting Education

The State of Idaho received an allocation of $1.25 billion to help fight the Coronavirus. The allocated dollars are visible down to each transaction within this portal. With the Transparent Idaho functionality, citizens can slice and dice data across multiple entities to get a picture of spending across the state.


One area of specific interest to many citizens is education spending. During the 2020 spring term schools closed their doors in response to the Coronavirus pandemic to keep students, staff, and communities safe. During this same period, schools continued to provide instruction and other supports to their students in a whole new way.


To combat the negative impacts of COVID-19 on education, the Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee provided CARES Act funding to benefit K-12 and post-secondary education.


Below you will find reports specifically filtered to show COVID-19 spending to support education.

Public School COVID-19 Support


When the spread of COVID-19 resulted in the sudden closure of K-12 schools, moving classes online became an urgent and immediate necessity.


During the rapid transition to remote delivery of instruction, the technology infrastructure at schools was pushed to its limits.


CARES Act funding was utilized to provide students access to technology allowing connection to their new online classroom.


View the CFAC recommendation memo authorizing this funding here.

Public and Charter Schools COVID-19 Support


The global pandemic profoundly changed our day-to-day lives. As school districts and charter schools (local education agencies, or LEAs) closed their doors for continued periods to lessen the spread of COVID-19, students began to feel the impacts of the pandemic on their education.


To provide a steadfast transition to blended or virtual-only instruction, the State Board of Education provided CARES Act funding to school districts and charter schools.

View the CFAC recommendation memo authorizing this funding here.

Strong Families, Strong Students Initiative


Idaho families faced many challenges as they rapidly adapted to changing circumstances in their children’s education due to COVID-19. Through the Strong Families, Strong Students program, Idaho families received access to funds.


Strong Families, Strong Students was a program funded by Idaho’s Coronavirus Relief Funds, which provides Idaho students access to grant dollars to purchase educational goods and services that their students needed.


View the CFAC recommendation memo authorizing this funding here.

Laptop Purchases


Idaho has a constitutional responsibility to provide a uniform, thorough, and free system of public education.


To lessen the spread of COVID-19, school districts and charter schools closed their doors for continued periods. To provide a steadfast transition to blended or virtual-only instruction, the State Board of Education provided grants to ensure every student had access to a laptop.


View the CFAC recommendation memo authorizing this funding here.

Online Idaho Initiative


When the spread of COVID-19 required the closure of K-12 schools and postsecondary campuses, moving classes online became an urgent and immediate necessity. During the rapid transition to remote delivery of instruction, technology at schools and institutions was pushed to its limits.


In order to better support the spectrum of students across the Idaho public education system, CARES Act funding was utilized to create a digital campus.


View the CFAC recommendation memo authorizing this funding here.

Idaho Rebounds: Detailed Education Reporting

Below is the full list of all grants distributed through the State of Idaho to benefit education. Any of the visualizations above or below the table can be clicked on to see greater detail and deeper analysis in a new browser tab.


Transparent Idaho allows all citizens and reporters to explore the data by different views. If you have any troubles or questions, please contact us at transparentidaho@sco.idaho.gov.