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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published August 26, 2020

CARES Act Funding Available for Institutions of Higher Education

On August 19, the U.S. Department of Education unveiled a new grant funding opportunity, the Institutional Resilience and Expanded Postsecondary Opportunity (IREPO) program. This grant would strengthen institutional resiliency in higher education and increase education opportunities for students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, IREPO is part of the Education Stabilization Fund, which was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding may be used in a number of ways to support students, reduce disease transmission, or help develop distant learning models. Priority will be given to students who live or attend school in rural communities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Minority Serving Institutions, or who are committed to developing better ways for students to learn remotely. Institutions must express their interest in applying by September 20, 2020, with final applications submitted by October 20, 2020. For more information, click here.

Senate Republicans Put Forward ‘Skinny’ COVID-19 Relief Package

On August 18, Senate Republicans released the Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act. This bill is a scaled down or “skinny” version of the previously proposed $1 trillion HEALs Act, which was introduced by Senate Republicans in July. This “skinny” bill would provide: 

  • $29 billion for institutions of higher education;

  • $20 billion for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority;
  • $6 billion to help distribute a vaccine;
  • $16 billion to states and local governments for contact tracing;
  • Additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program;
  • Liability protections for institutions of higher education and healthcare providers to shield them from lawsuits due to COVID-19 and;
  • Boosts to unemployment insurance with an additional $300 per week, down from the original $600, which was included in the CARES Act (H.R. 748).

At this time, an agreement on the next COVID-19 package has not been reached. Congress is set to return on September 8, 2020, with continued focus on how to best address this public health crisis. For up-to-date information, follow us on Twitter @AACNPolicy or by clicking here.

Save the Date: NIDA Grant Opportunity to Elevate Your Career and Help the Community

Mark your calendar!  On September 30, 2020, AACN will host a webinar on the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) mentored training grant. This webinar will feature previous grantees who will share their stories and past experiences. This NIDA grant aims to support graduate students (Master's, Doctoral, or Post-Doctoral) from an accredited program (or a PhD program) at an AACN member school. The grant will support an evidence-based project focusing on Substance Use Disorders (SUD) treatment practices in health care. One award of up to $10,000 is available for the selected awardee, who will develop a project that will advance research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence-based SUD treatment practices.

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