Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said such grants could help teachers with online learning as well as disadvantaged students in places where school systems have "simply shut down."
President Donald Trump signed a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus aid package that includes billions to help school budgets, but falls short of what many in the education community say students and educators will need.
It's one of the first philanthropy announcements related specifically to responding to educational concerns that have emerged as schools respond to the coronavirus.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a simple change to make it easier to serve free meals during mass school closures sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
The bipartisan coronavirus bill from Congress also has $3.5 billion for child-care grants and $750 million for Head Start, but does not have dedicated funding to help students connect to the internet.
The Trump administration weighed into a lawsuit, arguing that a state's transgender-athlete policy forces "biological girls to compete against biological boys who publicly identify with the female gender and want to compete on sex-specific athletic teams."
Advocacy and education groups urge a pause in efforts to rewrite regulations on responding to sexual harassment and sexual assault in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities as the nation confronts the coronavirus pandemic.
Several of the already existing restrictions on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' authority to waive federal education law deal with school funding.
House coronavirus stimulus legislation would direct at least $15 billion to shore up K-12 budgets, $2 billion to support remote learning for students, and more.
Asked about states' decisions to close schools in response to the coronavirus, President Donald Trump said Monday that in some states, "schools are going to be open." He spoke after a second state, Virginia, extended its closures for the rest of the academic year.