Funding Sources for
Education Institutions

ESSER Funding (CARES Act)

ESSER is a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Congress provided financial support for districts and schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER). ESSER funds are intended to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding offers schools and districts the flexibility to address their areas of need as they support their students and educators.

Capti qualifies because it

  • Assesses students in person or remotely
  • Builds an extended learning program to focus on areas of need
  • Accelerates learning, closing gaps, addressing learning loss, etc.
  • Provides an equitable resource to schools for all students
  • Meets the reporting requirements with built in reports
  • Provides accommodations to students in need

GEER funding (CARES Act)

GEER is a part of the CARES Act for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. Congress set aside approximately $3 billion of the $30.75 billion to the Education Stabilization Fund through GEER. Under GEER, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) awards grants to Governors for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), and other education related entities with emergency assistance as a result of the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Capti qualifies because it

  • Provides support and educational services for students and staff
  • Is an equitable resource for institutions of education
  • Provides accommodations to students struggling or with disabilities

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act)

IDEA Provides funds for special education students up to 21 years of age, including assistive technology tools as deemed appropriate to their special needs.

Capti qualifies because it

  • Is an assistive technology for students with disabilities
  • Provides accommodations in the least restrictive environment

Title 1, Part A

Title 1, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.

Capti qualifies because it

  • Provides reading support, e.g., speech-to-text, translation, dictation, definitions, notes, etc.
  • Provides accommodation that helps students achieve state academic standards

Title 1, Part B

Title 1, Part B funds must be used for reading programs, professional development, instructional materials, to administer screening, diagnostic, and classroom-based reading assessments, for collecting and reporting data, and promoting reading & library programs.

Capti qualifies because it

  • Is a research-based reading program
  • Offers a diagnostic reading assessment
  • Offers reading supports
  • Offers reporting of data

Title 1, Part C

Title 1, Part C funds support high quality education programs for migratory children and ensure that migratory children are provided with appropriate education services that a) address their special needs and b) help them meet state academic content and student academic achievement standards.

Capti qualifies because it

  • Helps support special needs children
  • Supports bilingual and multicultural instruction
  • Supports remedial and compensatory instruction
  • Provides testing services

Title 2, Part D

Title 2, Part D program is intended to improve student achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools. Additional goals include helping all students become technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade and, through the integration of technology with both teacher training and curriculum development, establishing innovative, research-based instructional methods that can be widely implemented.

Capti qualifies because it

  • Helps students with reading and writing, as well as technology literacy
  • Is a research-based online literacy platform that can be widely implemented

Title 3, Part A

Title 3, Part A is a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). The purpose of Title III is to help ensure that English learners (ELs) attain English language proficiency and meet state academic standards.

Capti qualifies because it

  • Provides text-to-speech and speech-to-text in with 20+ languages
  • Translation functions for 100+ languages
  • Active reading supports to improve English proficiency
  • Reading assessment to monitor student progress

Title VI, Part 2

Title VI, Part 2 is a Rural and Low Income School Program. Title 6 funding is for training special needs teachers and educational technology in sparsely populated or low-income districts. Title 6 funding can be used for educational technology, including software and hardware, as described in Part D of title II.

Capti qualifies because it

  • Provides special education support in rural and low income districts
  • Provides accommodations for special education students
  • Is an educational technology that offers remote access

Additional ED Department Programs

  • Striving Readers - ED Department funding and programs to support literacy intervention and evaluation in Title I schools.
  • GEAR UP - ED Department funding aiming to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
  • Upward Bound - TRIO - ED Department funding for increasing the number of low income students graduating and enrolling in college.
  • Educational Technology and Media - ED Department funding for programs that provide accessible educational materials to children with disabilities.
  • School Improvement Grants (SIG) - ED Department funding to Local Educational Agencies intended to improve the lowest performing schools.
  • Investing in Innovation - ED Department funding that supports local agencies and nonprofits in implementing programs to improve student achievement, access to technology, etc.
  • Apply for Grants - Currently available discretionary grants.

Private Funding

  • Literary Access Fund - Literacy Access Fund supports public libraries to help them acquire quality learning resources. This helps strengthen them as a community learning hub for education and a vital extension of the classroom.
  • Eastman Foundation Education Grant - Dedicated to innovative educational initiative with emphasis on literacy, math, science and technology.

State Specific Funding

Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, and Texas

Entergy Charitable Foundation Grant - Innovative programs to improve education and literacy. Applies to non-profits and school district.

New York

BOCES - Capti is on NY BOCES COSER and can be purchased with state matching funding.


Licking County Community Foundation - Early education and care; language and reading readiness; keeping children in school; family literacy/adult education; and professional development for teachers.

Fairfield County Foundation - Education: To increase early education and care; language and reading readiness; keeping children in school; family literacy/adult education. Provides funds to enhance the experience of students directly or to provide additional resources for educational programs. In some cases, the Foundation will consider Multi-year grants.


Early Literacy Intervention Program - Short term intervention and professional development in support of literacy.

Watertown Community Foundation - Support for educational improvement.

Leading Educational Access (LEAP) DCP Incentive Grant - The purpose of this grant is to support district ongoing efforts to meet the needs of all students by systemically strengthening the knowledge and skills of educators in building inclusive environments and delivering culturally responsive instruction. Priorities include strengthening curriculum, instruction, and assessment; using data and technology to support student performance; supporting the social, emotional, and health needs of students and families; and improve educator effectiveness.