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Bridge the Gap Digital Wallet provides low-income Oklahoma families with $1,500 for school supplies, curriculum content, and technology. All 5,000+ grant slots have been awarded and we are no longer accepting applications. Thank you to all the families who applied.
BTGDW Frequently Asked Questions.
What is the purpose of the program?
To provide easy and secure access to funds granted to low-income families through the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund for school supplies, tutoring and/or technology needs.
Who is eligible for the funds?
This program provides $1,500 grants to more than 5,000 Oklahoma families who make at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. For reference, 185% is the income level commonly used to determine eligibility for free/reduced school lunches. For more information about the definition of federal poverty level, please click here.
To determine if you meet 185% guidelines, we look at the Adjusted Gross Income from your 2019 Federal 1040 as well as all non-taxable income including:
- Social Security Income (non-taxable)
How will this program help students?
As our students face disruptions from COVID-19 and schools turn to distance learning, we must ensure all Oklahoma students have the supplies and materials necessary to meet their individual education needs. By giving families these funds, we are empowering them to choose what materials are most necessary to make their children successful academically.
What exactly can I buy with the funds?
Integrated with Class Wallet are over 30 education materials, supplies, technology and book e-commerce vendors. Some popular ones include Office Depot, Staples, Scholastic, School Specialty, Really Good Stuff and many more. Parents will be able to log into ClassWallet and purchase what they need for their children using funds in their ClassWallet digital wallet account.
Which schools have access to Digital Wallet?
This program will be available for all Oklahoma students grades K-12, no matter the school the student attends.
I have more than one student at home. Do we qualify for more than one grant?
Each household can qualify for only one $1,500 grant.
When will I know if I’m approved?
Applications can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to process depending on the information you provided. If an application is submitted with all required documentation and is qualified based on verified income documents, then an award notice email will go out the Friday of the following week after completion.
What is being done to prevent fraud?
All vendors integrated into the ClassWallet digital wallet platform have been approved. Parents will only be able to use grant funds to acquire materials from the approved vendors. This ensures compliance and transparency, as well as streamlines the processing time for students' requests. The ClassWallet platform automates the tracking and reconciliation of all the purchases, so there will be no work required by the parents to submit receipts or expense reports.
How long will the funds be available? Are they given out on a first-come, first-served basis?
When at maximum awards, priority will be given based on completion (verification) date and income level. Families will have until the end of March 2021 to use the entirety of their grant funds.
How will this work if my child lives in a split household?
In cases where there are two families who share a child and there are also additional children eligible in one or both of the households then both households are eligible for their own awarding. In cases where there are two families who share a child and there are no other children eligible in either household then the first verified application will receive the funding. The second household will receive a custom denial letter advising the student has already received an award.
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