U.S. ED and U.S. HHS Release American Rescue Plan Funds

Some federal agencies have begun distributing American Rescue Plan funds and will continue to release funds. The U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ED) has released more than $3 billion to states to support infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). View IDEA American Rescue Plan Funds. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (U.S. HHS) has announced the establishment of an $80 million Public Health Informatics & Technology Workforce Development Program to strengthen U.S. public health informatics and data science. View the notice of funding opportunity deadline August 11, 2021. The U.S. HHS has also distributed $1 billion to Head Start programs nationwide.


The U.S. ED has released $3 billion for three IDEA formula grant programs. The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will administer and monitor the funds to states and other designated agencies.

  • $2,580,000,000 for IDEA Part B Grants to States (Section 611)
  • $200,000,000 for IDEA Part B Preschool Grants (Section 619)
  • $250,000,000 for IDEA Part C Grants for Infants and Families

For more information, see U.S. Department of Education Releases More Than $3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Children with Disabilities



The U.S. HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is establishing an $80 million Public Health Informatics & Technology Workforce Development Program (PHIT Workforce Program) and is inviting colleges and universities to apply for funding.

For more information, see HHS Announces $80 million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Strengthen U.S. Public Health IT, Improve COVID-19 Data Collection, and Bolster Representation of Underrepresented Communities in Public Health IT Workforce

The U.S. HHS Office of Head Start (OHS) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released $1 billion to Head Start programs. For more information, see HHS, ACF Award $1 Billion in ARP Funds to Head Start Programs Nationwide