How Can Your American Relief Funds Be Used in My School or Workplace?

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How Can Your SLFRF, ESSER & HEERF Funds Be Used in My School or Workplace?

The clock is ticking and the time to obligate your funds is quickly running out. If you’re wondering how to best leverage these relief funds, you’re not alone. The stimulus package supports pandemic recovery efforts, and like many government programs, it can be a bit difficult to understand.

We’re here to help! Spacesaver Storage Solutions has helped schools, museums, and other institutions and we’ve been your “Partner in Preparedness” throughout the pandemic.

ARP funding can be used in a variety of settings and situations across a broad range of state, local, and tribal institutions, and organizations. For instance, funds can help schools create space for social distancing, help libraries and museums operate safely, and support public safety agencies.

Want specifics? Here’s how we can help you navigate the ARP and support your pandemic recovery efforts.

Here is a summary of when the funds must be obligated by.

SSER I funds from The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act must be obligated by September 30, 2022.

ESSER II funds from The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act must be obligated by September 30, 2023.

ARP ESSER funds from The American Rescue Plan Act must be obligated by September 30, 2024.

SLFRF funds from The American Rescue Plan Act must be obligated by December 31, 2024, and spent by December 31, 2026.

HEERF funds must be spent within one year from the date the U.S. Department of Education processed the most recent HEERF award to the recipient. In other words, institutions that received a supplemental award under HEERF III have one year from the date of the HEERF III award to expend all remaining HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III funds. No-cost extensions of up to 12 months are available.


The following are some ways you may spend some of your relief funds.

Free Up Space for Social Distancing

Need space for more classrooms in your school? Or more space for social distancing in your office, museum, library, or other facility?

You might not need to build an addition! Consider gaining space by consolidating storage.

Our innovative solutions allow you to:

  • Optimize space
  • Easily access stored items
  • Free up space for other uses

 How to store more in less space!


When COVID created the need for social distancing and smaller class sizes at schools, the schools can relocate their archive items to make room for social distancing.

Spacesaver  Storage Solutions can help you  make space for an additional classroom in your school.

Securely & Compactly Store New Technology Purchased with ARP Funds

Are you using ARP funding to purchase new devices or support new technological capacity at your school, library, or workplace? You’ll need a place to securely store devices and associated supplies and equipment.


The Nantucket system of drawers and trays provides sleek, secure storage and optimizes space from floor to ceiling.

These can be used in Schools, Libraries, Military installations, public safety buildings and more.


ARP Fund Drawers for museums


Create Flexible Spaces in Learning Centers, Libraries & Museums

No one can predict exactly how learning-focused spaces will change in the coming months and years, so it’s important to keep these areas as flexible as possible.

By combining the functionality of shelving with the mobility of rolling carts, flex shelving can be configured to promote social distancing or be rolled out of the way to create space for guest speakers, makerspace projects, and community events.

Store Belongings in Durable, Secure Lockers

The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and a portion of ARP funds are intended to support mental health efforts. Knowing that personal items are secure can help students, employees, and patients focus on their work or studies.


In an effort to help students access and use mental health services, universities want students to feel comfortable during their sessions, without having to worry about forgetting their belongings or wondering if they were secure, so they specified sleek and secure Day Use Lockers to store personal belongings during appointments.

Compactly Store PPE

Pandemic-related shortages and supply chain disruptions have caused many universities, hospitals, and other organizations to conclude that the safest, smartest way to improve readiness is to acquire and store their own personal protective equipment, medications, medical equipment, and supplies.

These items take up a lot of space, but building an addition or a new facility is unrealistic for many businesses and institutions. It’s best to increase storage capacity in existing facilities.

ARP Funds Compact Storage Option


Campus warehouses have always needed to store a variety of items, from bulk supplies to furniture and building materials. The COVID-19 crisis has intensified the space crunch in campus warehouses. This college uses its ActivRAC® Mobilized Storage System to accommodate bulk storage for masks and other preparedness equipment and supplies.

 Spacesaver in Healthcare

High-density mobile storage systems eliminate wasted aisle space with shelving that slides on rails. These systems are particularly useful and valuable in healthcare settings, where every cubic inch that’s used for storage is space that could be devoted to patient care. We also provide locking cabinets and other storage solutions for healthcare.


Testing Lab

A diagnostic lab may need to increase capacity for testing. They can install three Spacesaver high-density mobile storage systems: one for materials management and two for storing test kits in refrigerated rooms to increase capacity without purchasing additional real estate.

Testing Lab Storage purchase with ARP Funds

Inpatient Pharmacy

Hospital pharmacies are undergoing major renovations to comply with strict new regulations that govern how hazardous chemicals are stored and handled. Hospital may need to install clean rooms within an existing footprint, so compact storage made the most of the space they had left.

Inventory Control

Hospitals often lease an electronic supply management system to store and dispense supplies. We can create 4-Post shelving cabinets that will fit in the allotted space, permits visibility, and can be secured with locks. This will allow you to drop the leased system.  The hospital can have a realized a savings of every year by using the cabinets instead of a leased electronic supply management system.

We are here to help you with your storage needs.   Contact us today if you need assistance with your allocated American Rescue fund spending.  We can visit your facility, gain an understanding of your needs, and design a system that makes the most of what you already have. There’s no cost and no obligation, so schedule an appointment today.

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