ESSER has awarded billions in grants through school districts. Learn more about how to leverage ESSER funding for your program. Use this letter to lobby your administration for financial support of your speech and debate team. To create an editable version of the document, open the Google Doc and select File, then Make a Copy. This letter includes a section urging administrators to use funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) for speech and debate programming. ESSER has awarded billions in grants through school districts. If your school does not have ESSER funds, remove that section of the letter after making a copy. Need something else? Email us!