Innovative Childcare and Remote Extended Support (ICARES) Competitive Grant Program 

CONTACT Melissa Eddy 984-236-2789

In response to the economic and public health emergency associated with the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Among other things, the CARES Act authorized $30,750,000,000 to be used to support the nation’s K-12 and higher education systems in dealing with the financial, logistical, and educational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
As part of this appropriation, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) made grant awards to States through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. These awards were based on the proportion of funding each State is allocated through the Title I, Part A program in the most recent fiscal year. From the amount that NC receives, DPI will be required to subaward at least 90% of the funds to LEAs, ISD, regional schools, charter schools, and lab schools, with each entity receiving the same proportion of funds as it did for the Title I, Part A program.  

Regarding the 10% reserve (approximately 39,000,000), The ICARES Grant will appropriate and disperse $4,471,200 to Districts, Charter and Lab Schools as a competitive grant process.  

Districts, charter schools, and lab schools that receive the funding can utilize the funding for the following areas:

  • Childcare Assistance 
  • Tutoring Assistance 
  • Remote Learning Connectivity Supports


ICARES Application (District, Charters and Labs are only eligible to apply)

ICARES Technical Training Webinar PDF

ICARES CCIP Technical Assistance Webinar PDF


District, Charters and Lab Schools interested in applying for an Innovative Childcare and Remote Extended Support should attend one of the Technical Assistance webinars to learn more about the ICARES program purpose, requirements, and application process.

Register for one of the webinars offered: