The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) provides one-time Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants for institutes of higher education (IHE) to help address the immediate needs of students and colleges in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, this funding is “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” Cabrillo College has been awarded a total of $4,027,260, 50% of which must be given as direct cash emergency grants to students ($2,013,630). The other 50% ($2,013,630) is to cover institutional costs associated with significant changes in the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In addition, Cabrillo College was awarded $268,328 of Title V DHSI funds to address needs directly related to the coronavirus including prevention, preparation, and response as part of Section 18004 (a)(2) of the CARES Act for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students.
To ensure transparency, keep students and the general public informed, and to be in compliance with Section 18004 of the CARES Act, Cabrillo College reports around the funding and disbursement status for: 1) The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) - Student Aid; 2) The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) - Institutional Portion, and 3) The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Title V - Developing Hispanic Serving Institution (DHSI). Reporting follows the reporting requirements by the Federal Government including those in Section 15011(b)(2) of Division B and Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act.
The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s Higher Educational Emergency Relief Fund provides one-time grants for students to help address the immediate and urgent impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are limited funds for these grants from the Federal government. If you meet federal criteria for eligibility, you can request aid by filling out the following Google form: Cabrillo College Emergency CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant.
The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. One aspect of the act was the creation of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). HEERF provides funds to institutions for emergency grants to students whose lives have been disrupted and impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) who met the additional eligibility criteria were awarded funds automatically in the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 terms. Now, a student application process is open to allow students with any EFC to apply.
The application can be found at Request for Cabrillo College Emergency CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant.
The CARES Act HEERF made funding available to institutions of higher education to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus and those costs that demonstrate a clear nexus with the impact caused by COVID-19. Cabrillo College received an allocation of $2,013,630. There are restrictions that these grant funds cannot be used for payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment activities, for marketing and advertising; endowments; capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship; or executive salaries, benefits, bonuses, etc. Only institutional costs that are first incurred on or after March 13, 2020, the date of the Proclamation of National Emergency, are allowed
Allocation of the CARES HEERF - Institutional Aid funding is going through a carefully vetted process which includes pre-approval by Cabrillo’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) or Cabinet. To date (7/17/20), CARES Act grant funding money has been approved for:
Section 18004 (a)(2) of the CARES Act provides grants to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to address needs directly related to the coronavirus including prevention, preparation and response. These funds can be used to defray expenses incurred by the institution, including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, and payroll.
Cabrillo College has been allocated an additional $268,668 in Title V Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (DHSI) for a one-year time period. The Title V DHSI program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of Hispanic students. This includes expanding educational opportunities for, and improving the academic attainment of, Hispanic students and expand and enhance academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability of colleges/universities that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students and helping large numbers of Hispanic students and other low-income individuals complete postsecondary degrees.
The focus of this grant will be on directly assisting students at the Watsonville Center in getting access to critical technology and online services so that they can continue their studies at Cabrillo College. These resources will be targeted at the entering cohort of low-income, first-generation, and Latinx students being served in Watsonville.
Title V, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, provides grants to assist Hispanic Serving Institutions to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students.
Cabrillo College currently manages two Title V grants:
Cabrillo College will be applying for reimbursement of emergency protective efforts through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, which has received appropriations of $45 billion as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. FEMA’s Public Assistance Program Category B – Emergency Protective Measures funding provides federal grant assistance to help communities to respond to a federally declared disaster or emergency by taking emergency protective measures to address these immediate threats to life, public health and safety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible expenses for reimbursement include:
Public assistance funding is subject to a cost share: FEMA’s share is 75 percent of eligible costs, Cal OES share is 18.75%, and Cabrillo’s share is 6.25%. Public assistance also cannot duplicate funding from another funding source.
Eligible applicants must first submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA), followed by submitting funding requests to the recipient through the FEMA’s Public Assistance Grants Portal. The Cabrillo board of trustees have authorized three agents: Bradley Olin, Delana Miller, and Carrie Mulcaire on behalf of the college to obtain FEMA Public Assistance