Hurricane Education Recovery

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments

Not applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to defray expenses related to the restart, reopening, and re-enrollment of students in elementary and secondary schools that serve an area in which a major disaster related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was declared.

Funds also may be used to provide huricane-related assistance to students and postsecondary institutions under the Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants, Leveraging Education Assistance Partnerships, and FIPSE programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State educational agencies (SEAs) in hurricane affected areas.

Local educational agencies (LEAs), non-public schools and postsecondary education institutions in hurricane affected areas are subgrantees.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State educational agencies, local educational agencies, postsecondary institutions and students in areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will benefit.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Contact the program office for information.

Award Procedures

Funds are awarded to State educational agencies which then award subgrants to local educational agencies and non-public schools affected by the hurricanes. Funds also are awarded to the Mississippis Institutes of Higher Learning and the Louisiana Board of Regents for assistance to postsecondary instutions in hurricane affected areas.


Contact the program office for information.


Hurricane Education Recovery Act, and the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and Pandemic Influenza, 2006.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grants will be awarded to State educational agencies in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas based on the number of students who were enrolled during the 2004-2005 school year in elementary and secondary schools that were closed on September 12, 2005, as a result of Hurricane Katrina, or on October 7, 2005, as a result of Hurricane Rita. Funds also will be awarded in accordance with specific earmarking language in the appropriations act.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports and financial reports as specified in grant documents.


In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in the Appendix to 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $500,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to Part 80, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate.


In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, States must maintain certain program records for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $30,000,000; FY 08 est $15,000,000; and FY 09 est. $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

U.S. Department of Education, OESE, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Rm. 3E105, FB-6 Washington DC 20202-6244. Contact: Catherine Schagh. E-mail Address Telephone: (202) 260-3858 (elementary/secondary programs); or Robert Lewis. E-mail Address: Telephone: (202) 502-7713 (postsecondary Programs).

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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