Stimulus Funding for Upgrading Schools

Start your plan with Trane to help your school district create the best strategy for federal stimulus funding and infrastructure investments for generations to come

Federal Stimulus Funds

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) and American Rescue Plan Acts (ARPA) provide $177.1 billion in ESSER II and ESSER III funding. The funding is distributed by the U.S. Department of Education directly to state education agencies (SEAs), which is then allocated to school districts, also known as local education agencies (LEAs).



Local education agencies receive 90% of appropriated funds based on their proportional share.

September 30, 2023

Available for obligation by SEAs and subrecipients through September 30, 2023


The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) program provides large amounts of emergency aid available to school districts across the country. Trane can help school leaders create a strategy to utilize these funds to make facility improvements, safeguard the learning environment, and keep schools open. Learn More


The ESSER II funds are not required to be spent following ESEA Title I-A guidelines. However, several states have defined priorities for how funding is to be distributed while others let the local education agencies independently choose how to best allocate monies. The funds are reimbursable with some states requiring an application, account of how the funds will be spent, and an overall cost for the projects.

For ESSER III, each state shall make allocations to local educational agencies in an expedited and timely manner and, to the extent practicable, not later than 60 days after the receipt of such funds. A local educational agency receiving funds under this section shall develop and make publicly available on the local educational agency’s website, not later than 30 days after receiving the allocation of funds a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services.

How K-12 Education Buildings are Using Stimulus Funds

In April - May 2021, Trane surveyed 100+ K-12 decision makers

Several Uses for Stimulus Funds


School Facility Repairs and Improvements
 to enable operation of schools to mitigate health risks and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student learning environments.

Hear What The Experts Say (USGBC)


Improve Indoor Air Quality 
by upgrading HVAC systems, filtering, and other air cleaning, fans, control systems, and window & door repair and replacement.

Learn More About Clean Air Technologies by Trane


Develop Strategies & Implement Public Health Protocols
 with guidance from the CDC for the reopening and operation of school facilities to address the well-being of students, educators & staff.

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With stimulus funding now available to address health risks by improving your school's indoor environment, you have a unique opportunity to have a positive impact for students, teachers and the community for years to come.  

Wellsphere from Trane supports you with a dedicated team that will take a holistic approach to maximize your infrastructure investments. We are working with thousands of schools across the country to help them create better environments.


Private Funding Options are also available

Private Funding Options are also available

Trane Integrated Funding Solutions allow you to bundle the cost of an IAQ Assessment, system solutions and even ongoing service into one convenient financing plan. We can make it easy with no out-of-pocket expenses or down payments. Flexible financing structures and payments help make project costs manageable. You may be able to act now and pay later with deferred payments and extended terms.* Options also include tax-exempt lease purchase (TELP), managed service agreements, and energy savings performance contracting.

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Stretch dollars further with group purchasing

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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Financing & Energy Services Contracting

Financing & Energy Services Contracting

Making your facilities greener and more energy efficient sounds like a straightforward proposition, until you start digging into the details. Trane energy experts can help you make sense of the broad array of energy upgrade opportunities you have and financial strategies available to determine which approach best suits your business or sustainability goals. And then make them happen.

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Ready for Now. Resilient for Tomorrow.

Trane’s Wellsphere™ is a holistic approach to building wellness. It’s a multi-disciplinary collective of experts using world class technologies and services to help improve your school buildings



*Financing terms and conditions are subject to credit approval by Trane Technologies Financial Services and will be based on review of the creditworthiness of the customer, prevailing interest rates and other factors.

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.