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    Repository of Pandemic Stimulus Funding Options for Students Resources New England

    New England Low Vision and Blindness is pleased to provide the following resources of grants and funding options available for students who have been impacted by COVID-19.

    (If you know of other stimulus funding resources that are not included, please send us an email at

    Federal Grant Programs: (Remember to word search on “technology”, “disabilities”, etc. to quickly bring you to the right section)

    Other Stimulus Resources: (Remember to word search on “technology”, “disabilities”, etc. to quickly bring you to the right section)

    Education Stabilization Fund (ESF)

    The U.S. Department of Education is committed to providing the public with a transparent view into how Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) funds are spent. The ESF Transparency Portal provides that view by tracking, collecting, and disseminating ESF data.

    The ESF is an investment of over $263 billion into state and institutional COVID-19 recovery and rebuilding efforts, managed by the U.S. Department of Education to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus impacts on education for our nation’s students. The ESF was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in March 2020, with subsequent allocations to the Fund codified through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA Act), signed into law in December 2020, and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP Act), signed into law in March 2021.

    The ESF is composed of four primary emergency relief funds: (1) the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund, (2) the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, (3) the Emergency Assistance to non-Public Schools (EANS) Fund, and (4) the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund.

    Here are some additional links that can be viewed:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    The available monies will likely be assigned by September.  Submit your information for these grants as soon as you can and remember New England Low Vision and Blindness is available for your technology and training needs – including but not limited to remote learning.

    American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

    In response to the pandemic, additional federal funding has been created to help the education sector address student learning loss, close achievement gaps, and assist with distance learning.  An unprecedented amount of funding is being provided to schools by the federal government, and school districts are currently using and planning how to use these funds. The decentralized nature of the school system makes it difficult to understand how schools might spend these funds.

    To learn more about how our solutions can be used to better assist blind and low vision students with ARPA funding, visit  * ARPA: American Rescue Plan Act

    About New England Low Vision and Blindness

    New England Low Vision and Blindness uniquely brings hope through technology, training, and care.  We are a full-service assistive technology rehabilitation training provider. We offer nearly 100% of all major electronic low vision, blindness, and software products and an assistive technology showroom center.

    We provide ‘patient choice’ showcasing numerous technology options from the world’s most respected suppliers, all in line with one’s individualized budgetary limits and personal, educational, or professional goals. We also provide custom training solutions and troubleshooting support.

    Widely known, tested, and trusted throughout New England, our team brings 75+ years of low vision experience. Our talent, technology, and training offerings are unmatched and highly respected. We are an extremely unique and extraordinary resource for anyone suffering from vision loss in New England. We are here to help.

    Through our free demonstrations – either at one of our conveniently located assistive technology showrooms or in their home, office, or school – clients experience a relaxed 2-hour free personal demonstration of almost 100% of all low vision and blindness technologies available on the market.

    To learn more about how we Bring Hope to people who are blind or with low vision, contact a Technology Specialist at New England Low Vision and Blindness please call our toll-free number 888-211-6933 or email us at  You can also use the form above to request information about our services or a free demonstration on this or any of our products.

    We also published our Top 10 List of Technology Resources to help get you thru Isolation.  Access this list of technology resources here

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