We understand that budgets can be tight or restricted right now due to a variety of reasons, which can make it difficult to invest in new solutions. That's why we've worked with Education Market Experts, a third party consulting firm, who thoroughly reviewed our SafeColleges and LiveSafe solutions and correlated them with the following federal funds.
Congress set aside approximately $14.25 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the CARES Act for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The Department will award these grants to institutions of higher education (IHE) based on a formula stipulated in the legislation. The CARES Act provides a $14.25 billion Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for institutions of higher education to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Institutes of higher education have significant flexibility in how they choose to use the HEER funds and will be able to use them where they are needed most. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund is split into three components:
The 7.5% component is to be used to cover costs directly related to the coronavirus and is distributed based on the same relative share of funding allocated in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. These funds may be used to defray expenses, such as lost revenue, reimbursements for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with the transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, payroll and grants to students to cover the cost of attendance.
Enhances the capacity of local communities to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women.
Some initiatives supported by these grant funds include:
Assists in supporting rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations or tribal programs that provide services, direct intervention, and related assistance to victims of sexual assault and their families. Funds provided through SASP are designed to supplement other funding sources directed at addressing sexual assault on the state and territorial level.
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has identified the following priority areas for funding:
Grants are designed to support programs and activities that provide core services, direct intervention, and related assistance to victims of sexual assault. Intervention and related assistance may include: