Stimulus Funding for Healthier Campuses

Stimulus Opportunities

 The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (HEERF II) and American Rescue Plan Acts (HEERF III) provides $61 billion in funding to institutions of higher learning (IHEs). The funding is distributed by the U.S. Department of Education directly to the IHEs to be used for student and campus objectives.

Within One Year

Institutions generally must expend their HEERF grant funds within one year from the date when the Department of Education processed the most recent obligation of funds for each specific grant (including funds from prior rounds)        

90 Days

Institutions must draw down any amount of its grant funds within 90 days of the date of each award

Quarterly mandated reporting requirements

 Quarterly mandated reporting requirements

 The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) program is providing emergency assistance to higher learning institutions across the country. Trane can help educational leaders create a strategy to access and utilize these available funds to help make generational facility improvements, enrich the learning environment, and keep students on campus.

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 The institutional portion of the HEERF II funds allows learning institutions to address HVAC and facility improvements in response to health mitigation practices. Institutions of higher learning may also be able to address deferred maintenance issues where a COVID risk reduction can be justified.

 For HEERF III, institutions of higher learning are required to use additional funding to monitor and suppress coronavirus in accordance with public health guidelines. IHEs will be required to report how the funds are spent, and campus safety and operations are allowable categories. Better ventilation and better indoor air quality can help campuses to improve the environment and address the substantial losses of revenues being experienced.

Several Uses for HEERF III Funds


The installation or renovation of an HVAC system, to help with air filtration to address the spread of COVID-19. Enhancing ventilation in classrooms or common areas.



Institutions are required to spend a portion of their institutional share to implement evidence-based practices to monitor and suppress coronavirus in accordance with public health guidelines.

Increasing Enrollment

Pre-pandemic, the collaborating of people and ideas is what defined the college experience. Now, the effects of COVID-19 have brought many trends of higher education into the limelight. There is an increased appreciation of greater public health that will mold the design of campuses as we move ahead. This is an opportunity for campuses to take funds and make long-term investments to modernize buildings that will promote the accomplishments of students while providing the atmosphere necessary to communally learn.

Put your trust in the Trane brand to help your campus evaluate, track, and create the best strategy for the use of these federal stimulus programs.

After being in quarantine for the better part of a year, if not a year, many people -- and that includes students -- are anxious to get back to some semblance of normal

David Hawkins Chief Education and Policy Officer for the National Association for College Admission Counseling

Stretch dollars further with group purchasing

All Trane products and services are available to public agencies using the Omnia® Partner contracts. This group purchasing organization serves school districts and other educational institutions to help them save money, vet business partners and simplify buying processes.

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There is evidence from ASHRAE ® and other sources that HVAC technologies can mitigate the risk of exposure to infectious aerosols in built environments; however, the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and mitigation of COVID-19 in buildings is yet to be tested and confirmed.