DOE Providing Office Hours to Assist SAUs in ESSER Application Preparation

On Monday, May 4, the Maine Department of Education’s School Finance Team began hosting office hours to support School Administrative Units’ (SAUs) federal programs coordinators and business managers by providing additional information around the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding application preparations. The application will be made available via the Department of Education’s Consolidated Application and Grant Reimbursement website 

Based on feedback, the Department has restructured the office hours to meet the needs of the field. The ESSER funding office hours will be structured in the following manner, starting on May 6th: 

  • Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00am will focus on programmatic support 
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00am will focus on fiscal/financial support 

 Please email Tyler Backus at to receive an office hour invite.  

The Department’s CARES Act webpage, located here, contains a recorded training, policy guidance, waivers, and links to federal resources.

To date, the following releases have been shared by the Department regarding Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:  

  • Maine awarded funding, found here.
  • CARES Act information and FAQ documents, found here.
  •  Questions for SAUs to consider in preparation of application, found here