The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. The act includes additional funds for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. Governors may use GEER funds for purposes including providing subgrants to institutions of higher education that have been most significantly impacted by COVID-19.


The Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development developed GEER Excels to fund projects that will allow public institutions to continue to provide educational services to students, support the on-going functionality of the institution, and drive progress toward recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, either in terms of meeting specific workforce needs or removing barriers to student success.


2021 GEER Excels RFP 

2021 GEER Excels Application 

FYI Only – 2021 GEER Excels Scoring Rubric


Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2021. Questions and submissions can be sent to