CONCORD — New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut announced that the Department of Education will administer $1.5 million in CARES Act funds set aside by Governor Chris Sununu to provide Student Enrichment Program Grants. The funds will be available for grants to student programs that provide enrichment opportunities to K-12 students. Grants are available both for increased costs and lost revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic and for new programs designed to expand student enrichment beyond current programs.

“This fund continues our emphasis of ensuring that students have access to critical enrichment programs that we know make such a big difference in their lives. Part of that commitment includes ensuring these opportunities remain available through what has been such a difficult financial time for the organizations that provide those programs and this fund will accomplish that goal,” said Gov. Chris Sununu.

“Enrichment programs, such as those offered by FIRST Robotics, Girls at Work, and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, are an important piece in building educational opportunities for New Hampshire students. But COVID-19 has made it impossible to offer these programs to most New Hampshire students,” said Edelblut. “The Student Enrichment Grant Program will help programs that have been hit with increased costs and lost revenue so that they can survive. It will also provide an incentive for new and innovative enrichment programs during these challenging times.”

Enrichment program providers may apply for reimbursement of COVID-19 related costs from March 1, 2020 to December 15, 2020, for loss in revenues compared to 2019 revenues, and for new program expenses to be made before December 15, 2020.

For more information, contact Kathleen Stanick at Kathleen.M.Stanick@affiliate.doe.nh.gov.

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