CARES Act Resources For the Future of Catholic Schools

May 15, 2020

“When You Pray, Move Your Feet.” Many Catholic schools are doing this every day, in their bustling virtual classrooms, business offices and board rooms. One key way our partner schools are taking charge of their own futures is through applying for and managing the aid available via The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The following list of resources, shared in an earlier form in the Foundation’s initial report on COVID-19 relief funding, includes some of the information and perspectives that we’ve found most helpful along the way. 

May 2020  

Are You Applying for the PPP in Good Faith? — Wiss & Company, LLP

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Schools: Regular updates including select news and federal guidance, resources and independent school strategies and trends, FAQs — National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Nonprofit PPP Loan Forgiveness: How Does It Work? — Inside Charity 

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application — U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application | Media Advisory, 5/15/20 — U.S. Small Business Administration

Serving Catholic Schools with CARES Act Funding | Presentation, Education Stabilization Fund (ESF): Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund) / Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) — National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)

Staying Afloat: What You Need to Know | Including Information on PPP Loan Forgiveness  — Your Part-Time Controller, LLC 

US Department of Education CARES Act Guidance | Highlights, ESF: GEER Fund / ESSER Fund — Council for American Private Education (CAPE)

April 2020  

Congress Takes Action on Coronavirus — Council for American Private Education (CAPE)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Independent Schools — National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Federal Stimulus Package Could Provide Financial Assistance to Catholic Schools and (Arch)dioceses — Alliance for Catholic Education, University of Notre Dame

Paycheck Protection Program Applicable Affiliation Rules

Paycheck Protection Plan Interim Final Rule on Affiliation

Providing Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools Under the CARES Act Programs | FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions — U.S. Department of Education

SBA Faith-Based | FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions regarding participation of faith-based organizations in PPP and EIDL — U.S. Small Business Administration


  • To submit questions or to volunteer to share your own experience regarding COVID-19 relief funding with other Catholic schools: contact the Healey Education Foundation team, email
  • For additional questions related to federal public policy and Catholic schools: contact Jennifer Daniels, Associate Director of Public Policy for the Secretariat of Education, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, email

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