Districts, Schools and Educators

Early Childhood Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund – Round 2 – Federal – SFY2021

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) makes this federal funding available for the purpose of distributing funding for wrap around early care and education services (0-8 age band) directed towards our historically underserved populations impacted by COVID-19 in the seven county (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties) metro area.

Under the GEER funding, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economics Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) awarded 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 COVID-19.

If you are outside of the metro area, MDE has partnered with the Minnesota Initiative Foundations to administer Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) 0-8 grants to their communities in greater Minnesota.

Publication Date: September 14, 2020

Total amount available: at least $1 million

Maximum grant amount: $125,000

Submit all required material to mde.compgrants@state.mn.us by October 16, 2020, by 3:30 p.m. Central Time


Grant opportunity published: September 14, 2020

Question and Answer period closes: October 7, 2020

Question and Answer document published: October 12, 2020

Due Date: October 16, 2020, by 3:30 p.m. Central Time

Anticipated date of grantee announcement: End of November 2020

Anticipated date for the beginning of the grant: January 1, 2021 (Note: if we award a grant, you may seek reimbursement for charges to July 1, 2020).

Required Grant Documentation

All documentation below is required for a complete grant.

Instruction Document

  • This document contains all the information you will need to complete this grant application, including our criteria for the grant, how to apply, and the selection process.

Grant Cover Sheet and Application

  • This is the official cover sheet and application. Please download and complete all fields and submit to us, along with the completed budget, to mde.compgrants@state.mn.us by October 16, 2020, by 3:30 p.m. Central Time. We will not consider late applications.


  • You must complete the budget document and submit it to us in an Excel format.

Questions and Answers

The question and answer period is now closed. Below is the question and answer document that has the questions and answers from both rounds.