Future striker Ohio | Ohio Department of Education


Future Forward Ohio encompasses the state’s strategic priorities for using federal funds to help students recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on students who have experienced the most major learning disruptions. It was guided by Ohio House Bill 169, which identified the primary uses of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) federal funds. Future Forward Ohio has three coordinating strategies to facilitate student success:

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Overcoming barriers to learning

Address barriers that prevent students from engaging in learning, such as attendance,
health, mental health and access to high-speed Internet.

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Accelerate learning

Provide more and more effective learning opportunities through programs such as after-school and summer programs, tutoring, and supporting districts in the use of high-quality educational materials.

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Prepare students for future success

Help students rediscover their “why” to learn and move more easily to next steps through professional and academic connections.

The Future Forward Ohio “Spotlights” series features promising practices from across Ohio.

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Federal COVID-19 Relief Response

The federal government has sent funds to Ohio to support students through a variety of funding sources, each with its own timeline, as shown in the dashboard on this page. While the state is using federal COVID-19 relief funds to support Future Forward Ohio initiatives, most funds have gone directly to districts. The dashboard below shows how the funds have been distributed and how they have been spent to date.

The Dashboard only tells part of the story, click a button below to find highlights of how relief money is being spent to accelerate learning, help students overcome barriers and prepare students for college and careers.

Federal COVID-19 Relief Dashboard

The dashboard shows how each round of federal COVID-19 relief funding has been allocated to schools and districts in Ohio. Specifically, this information highlights the first, second, and third rounds of ESSER funding, ARP funding, and various state funding allocations.

ESSER Funds Availability Calendar

Origin of the fund Availability period
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) I 03/13/2020 – 09/30/2022
Governor’s Emergency Education Assistance (GEER) I 03/13/2020 – 09/30/2022
Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), including the BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant

01/03/2020 – 31/12/2021


03/13/2020 – 09/30/2023


03/13/2020 – 09/30/2023

Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS)

03/13/2020 – 09/30/2023

US Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER III

03/13/2020 – 09/30/2024

ARP Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

01/07/2021 – 09/30/2023

ARP Homeless Children and Youth

03/13/2020 – 09/30/2024


Initiation of the contract – 09/30/2024

Organizations may be granted a deferral period for each of the ESSER grants. Carry-over is the process by which uncommitted funds remaining at the end of an award period are carried forward to the next budget period to cover eligible costs.

Last modification: 07/15/2022 16:57:02


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