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Contact Us For a Free Demonstration

Being involved with school safety is on every parents mind.  You can help to make certain that YOUR SCHOOL is implementing this life-saving critical incident response technology by encouraging your school to reach out to us to schedule a free demonstration.  

Safety Grants Available Nationwide

More and more, lawmakers are leading the charge for change.  All across the nation, multiple safety bills are being passed and many have associated grant funding.  This means free money for your school.  ASR is actively researching multiple bills and approved funding.  Review this page regularly to see if your state or county has available funds.

National Funding

U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has extended the application deadlines

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has extended the application deadlines for its FY 2021 STOP School Violence Program solicitation. This solicitation seeks applications for funding under BJA’s Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Program, which is designed to improve K-12 school security. The program provides training for students, teachers, law enforcement, and school personnel to identify and prevent school violence.

Grants.gov Deadline Extended: August 13, 2021

JustGrants Deadline Extended: August 18, 2021

NOTE: Applicants must first submit the SF-424 and the SF-LLL in Grants.gov followed by the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants.

For more information, access the DOJ Application Submission Checklist and the JustGrants Application Submission training page.

Apply now: Grants.gov 

 Resources:

 

Submission Deadline Reminder for COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program

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COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recently announced the availability of funding under the Fiscal Year 2021 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program.  This is a reminder that the deadline for applicants to register for Grants.gov and submit an SF-424 via Grants.gov is June 15, 2021 at 7:59 PM ET.  Applicants must submit the SF-424 in Grants.gov, and the full application, including attachments, is due in JustGrants by June 22, 2021 at 7:59 PM ET.  Applications must be submitted via JustGrants by that date to be considered for funding.  If you are interested in 2021 SVPP funding, but have not yet begun the application process, we encourage you to begin as soon as possible. 

The 2021 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program is a competitive program that provides funding directly to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and their public agencies to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs.  Up to $53 million is available for this program.

Applications are due by June 22, 2021 at 7:59 PM ET.  Please click here for more information on the 2021 School Violence Prevention Program.

All awards are subject to the availability of funding.  If your agency has already submitted an application during this open solicitation period, please disregard this notice.  If you have questions about SVPP or any other COPS Office grant program, please contact the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or send an email to askCOPSRC@usdoj.gov.  For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or 833-872-5175.  The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM Eastern time (ET) Monday to Friday, and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET on Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

Reps. Deutch, Williams Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Safeguard our Schools, April 21, 2021

Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) introduced the Safer Schools Act to establish a new grant program that funds vulnerability assessments and physical security improvements to improve the safety of students and teachers in the classroom.

"Students and teachers should never have to fear for their safety in the classroom, yet we know that schools across the country are struggling to respond to gaps in their security plans,” said Congressman Deutch. “This bipartisan bill will help schools access risk assessments to identify and fix any vulnerabilities in their security protocols. A key component of this legislation, named Alyssa’s Law in remembrance of Alyssa Alhadeff who was killed in the 2018 Marjorie Stoneman Douglas tragedy, will help more schools adopt alarm systems that directly alert law enforcement, which can improve emergency response times and save lives."

“While I pray for the day that no child or teacher ever feels unsafe in the classroom, we must take immediate action now to protect our schools,” said Congressman Williams. “In the Safer Schools Act, public school districts can apply for funding directly from the Department of Justice to pay for assessments on their campus security vulnerabilities, and for any corrective physical improvements. Funding should not be an obstacle for administrators who want to proactively address their physical security concerns, and early action could be the difference between life and death in an emergency. Congress must assume the tremendous responsibility to keep our students and educators safe in the classroom, and I urge consideration of Safer Schools Act on the floor of the House of Representatives as soon as possible.”

“The Safer Schools Act of 2021, with the provision to expand Alyssa’s Law nationwide, is the most viable and realistic proposal to address the prevalent gaps in both school safety and security. Alyssa’s Law, named after my 14-year-old daughter who was shot 10 times at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on 2/14/18, calls for the installation of silent panic buttons, allowing a direct link to law enforcement to improve emergency response time and save lives. No parent should have to fear losing a child in school, as I did Alyssa in 2018.” - Lori Alhadeff, President of Make Our Schools Safe

WHAT’S NEXT????

We can ALL do our part to help MAKE OUR SCHOOLS SAFE! Do you, or someone you know, want to get involved? You can call your own local legislators and ask him or her to co-sponsor the Safer Schools Act where you live. For information about how to get involved, please contact  info@makeourschoolssafe.org. Your voice is your power to MAKE OUR SCHOOLS SAFE. Thank you.

ARP funding to boost school safety, technology upgrades across the U.S.

Congress sent some rather clear messages with the passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), and the importance of education is undoubtedly top of mind.

Based on the sheer volume of school safety allocations, protecting our nation’s students is a high priority with the Biden administration and a majority in Congress.

Although many governmental entities will wait for weeks to receive these new ARP funds, the money for school districts already has reached education agencies in all 50 states. Very soon, an abundance of contracting opportunities will be available on both public and charter school campuses.

Another clear message is that Congress wanted school districts to have funding for long-overdue technology upgrades. As funding becomes available for both school safety and enhanced technology, it is interesting to note that education leaders throughout the U.S. had been preparing to launch major projects linked to technology upgrades, cybersecurity, and safety enhancements.

Technology modernization, cybersecurity, and school safety are specifically designated as projects that qualify for funding.

With millions in new funding about to become available to school districts, many technology and safety-related projects are being launched.

COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

The 2021 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program designed to provide funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire existing career law enforcement officers to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.  Anticipated outcomes of CHP awards include engagement in planned community partnerships, implementation of projects to analyze and assess problems, implementation of changes to personnel and agency management in support of community policing, and increased capacity of agencies to engage in community policing activities.  All local, state, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply. Up to $156.5 million is available for this program.

The COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grants were created through bipartisan legislation, the Securing Our Schools Act, which was signed into law in March 2018. One hundred sixty school districts and police departments were awarded grants in 2020, including nine in Illinois – three of which were in the 12th Congressional District.

Applications will be accepted through June 22nd at 6:59pm CDT / 7:59 PM EDT.  Please click here for more information on the 2021 COPS Hiring Program.

School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

The 2021 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program is a competitive program that provides funding directly to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and their public agencies to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs.  Up to $53 million is available for this program.

SVPP is a competitive award program designed to provide funding to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the grantees’ jurisdictions through evidence-based school safety programs. $53 million is available through this year’s COPS SVPP.

The program provides funding directly to states, units of local government, and Indian tribes to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the grantees’ jurisdictions through evidence-based school safety programs that may include one or more of the following:

  • Coordination with local law enforcement
  • Training for local law enforcement officers to prevent school violence against others and self
  • Placement and use of metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures
  • Acquisition and installation of technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency
  • Any other measure that, in the determination of the director of the COPS Office, may provide a significant improvement in security

Applications are due by June 22, 2021 at 7:59 PM EDT. Please click here for more information on the 2021 School Violence Prevention Program.

FY 2020 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation

Description
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government. BJA will award JAG Program funds to eligible units of local government as described in this FY 2020 JAG Program Local Solicitation (a separate solicitation was issued for states).

In general, JAG funds awarded to a unit of local government under this FY 2020 solicitation may be used to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice, including any one or more of the following:

Law enforcement programs
Prosecution and court programs
Prevention and education programs
Corrections and community corrections programs
Drug treatment and enforcement programs
Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)
Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams

FUNDING AWARDS HERE

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AWARDS NEARLY $50 MILLION IN GRANTS TO IMPROVE SCHOOL SAFETY
Thursday, September 10, 2020


CONTACT: COPS Office Public Affairs
EMAIL: cops.office.public.affairs@usdoj.gov
PHONE NUMBER: (202) 514-9079


WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced nearly $50 million in school safety funding through its School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). SVPP provides up to 75% funding for school safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools and school grounds.

“With the new school year underway, the safety of our nation’s students remains paramount,” said COPS Office Director Phil Keith. “Although this school year may look different at the start, now is the ideal time to make preparations to enhance school safety for when all of our children are back in the classroom.”

The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018) gave the COPS Office authority to provide awards directly to states, units of local government, Indian tribes, and public agencies (such as school districts and law enforcement agencies) to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs. The 160 awards announced today can be used for coordination with law enforcement; training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence; metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures; technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency; and other measures that provide a significant improvement in security. The full list of SVPP awards can be found here.

In addition to the school safety grants announced today, the COPS Office School Safety Working Group, which is composed of representatives from eight national law enforcement organizations, has identified 10 essential actions that can be taken by schools, school districts, and law enforcement agencies to help prevent critical incidents involving the loss of life or injuries in our nation's schools and to respond rapidly and effectively when incidents do occur. The Ten Essential Actions to Improve School Safety are applicable to school shootings as well as to other areas of school safety, including natural disasters and traumatic events such as student suicide. Adopting policies and practices based on the recommendations in this publication can help make school communities safer and save lives.


Office Of Justice Programs: $76 Million For School Safety - April 8, 2020.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Office of Justice Programs Tuesday announced that more than $76 million in grant funding is available to help communities improve school security and protect students, teachers and faculty from threats of violence.

“School violence is no longer an abstract threat but has become a tragic reality in too many of America’s communities. Moving to meet this challenge is among the Administration’s top domestic priorities,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight to meet this challenge. OJP is making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”

OJP is the federal government’s leading source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance for state, local and tribal jurisdictions. Its programs support a wide array of activities and services, including programs designed to tighten school security and improve the reporting of threats. 

A number of funding opportunities for school safety are open, with another opening in the near future:

For more information regarding all OJP funding opportunities, visit https://www.ojp.gov/funding/explore/current-funding-opportunities.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

School Districts Can Now Apply For Department of Justice’s 2020 School Security Grants

Tens of millions of dollars in Department of Justice school security grants are now available to school districts across the country, according to U.S. attorney’s offices who announced the grants on Friday.

A number of funding opportunities are now open for applications, including districts seeking grants for research and evaluation on school safety and the development of strategies to support children exposed to violence.

The largest grant program available is the STOP Act School Violence Program, which plans to give out $71.4 million in funding. All three programs have deadlines in April. (For links to the grant programs, click here).

The funding is made available on an annual basis from the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs, often referred to as OJP. Last year, schools around the U.S. received about $85.3 million in funding from school violence programs run through OJP.

COPS Office announces 2020 grant funding opportunities - Application Date Extensions

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has announced the opening of several grant funding opportunities for 2020.

Due to the potential impact of jurisdictional emergency responses to COVID-19 that may cause reasonable delays for applicants, the COPS Office has extended the solicitation deadline for several open grant programs. 

2020 OPEN SOLICITATIONS

The information below is focused on the grants that municipal agencies can apply for direct. 

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grants

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity.

DHS has identified four critical priority areas for attention in the FY 2020 grant cycle: cybersecurity, soft targets and crowded places, intelligence and information sharing, and emerging threats. Applicants will be required to submit investment justifications that address these priorities.  In addition, DHS will conduct an effectiveness review process to ensure grant funding is allocated to those projects the most effectively address these priorities.

COPS Office Grant Announcement - New Funding Opportunity Open Now!

The COPS Office is pleased to announce that the following grant funding opportunity is now open and accepting applications:


School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)The 2020 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program is a competitive program that provides funding directly to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and its public agencies to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs.  Up to $50 million is available for this program.Applications are due by April 8, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT. 

Please click here for more information on the 2020 School Violence Prevention Program.

 

$25 Million in COPS School Violence Prevention Program Grants

COPS School Violence Prevention Program grants provide funding for law enforcement coordination, notification technology and violence-deterrent methods.

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is awarding $25 million in grants as part of the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence: School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

Awards should be used to increase safety at school across the country through evidence-based school safety programs. Funding will cover 75 percent of the certain safety measures, with the other 25 percent provided by the recipients, including:

  • Coordination with law enforcement
  • Training and education for local law enforcement to prevent student violence on campuses
  • Metal detectors, lock, lighting and additional violence-deterrent methods
  • Technology to expedite law enforcement notifications during emergencies
  • Additional safety measures that are deemed a significant improvement to security

Awards are capped at $500,000 and will be awarded directly to units of government at the state or local level.

The deadline to apply for a COPS School Violence Prevention Program grant is July 30, 2018.

Apply online at the COPS Office website. 

Good Neighbor Citizen Grants from StateFarm

State Farm helps to build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States by providing Good Neighbor Citizen Grants. The issues of community safety have received unprecedented attention in the wake of school shootings such as at Sandy Hook Elementary, Virginia Tech and hurricanes such as Katrina and Sandy. As these diverse yet equally exigent disasters unfold, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board recognizes the importance of keeping our communities safe from natural disasters, social issues and acts of violence. Educational institutions are eligible for these grants that focus on safety, education and community development.

Public Safety Grants from Target

Target has a public safety grant eligible for public schools. This grant covers specialized investigative police equipment such as digital cameras, forensic items, youth programs such as PAL or Police Explorers, and crime prevention programs such as vehicle theft prevention or neighborhood watch.

New Federal Funding Bill Pours Money Into School Safety

The House Appropriations Committee in a press release touted $2.3 billion in increases for school safety, with funds coming through programs at the Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services departments.

Overall, the Education Department would get $70.9 billion under the bill, a $3.9 billion, or 5.5 percent, increase — the largest boost the department has seen in recent years. Charter school programs would receive $58 million, or about 17 percent more, although 2018 Trump administration budget proposals to fund private school vouchers or promote public school choice via Title I funds were nixed.

School safety has been top of agenda in D.C. since the February 14 shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.

CONGRESS HAS PROVIDED SIGNIFICANT NEW FUNDING FOR SCHOOL SECURITY. 

Updated April 16, 2019

Through the STOP School Violence Act enacted in 2018, Congress authorized nearly $1 billion for U.S. Department of Justice school safety and security grants over the next ten years. Two thirds of funding appropriated under the act supports violence prevention training and anonymous reporting technology through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, while one third is prioritized specifically for school security equipment and technology and related uses under the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

For information on allowable uses, application considerations and other important information on the program, see SIA’s school violence prevention program page.

United States BJA Grant Opportunities

BJA provides formula grants, discretionary grants, earmark funding, and funding for payment programs to support state, local, tribal, and community efforts to build safe communities.

While BJA awards many grants specifically to state, local, and tribal government, BJA also provides grant opportunities that support faith-based and non-profit activities. Please visit the BJA Funding page for a complete list of funding opportunities.

DOJ awards more than $70M in grant funding for school safety

  • The U.S. Department of Justice announced more than $70 million in grant funding through the STOP School Violence Act, which provides support for school security, student and faculty training, and to aid law enforcement officers and first responders during school violence incidents. 
  • More than 220 jurisdictions across the country will receive awards through one of two entities — the Office of Justice Program’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)  that will provide new reporting technology, threat deterrent measures, and training and education, according to the release. The funding can also support new or existing crisis intervention teams.
  • The department will also invest $1 million toward research on the factors that lead to mass shootings.

STOP School Violence Grant Program

The FY 2019 Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Program is designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence. The program’s objective is to increase school safety by implementing training and school threat assessments and/or intervention teams to identify school violence risks among students; technological solutions such as anonymous reporting technology that can be implemented as a mobile phone-based app, a hotline, or a website in the applicant’s geographic area to enable students, teachers, faculty, and community members to anonymously identify threats of school violence; or other school safety strategies that assist in preventing violence.  LEARN MORE
 

A Look Back at Federal School Safety Grants Awarded in 2019

Learn from past school safety grants to prepare your grant applications for the next round of funding.

Since we learn experientially and from our past, let’s look back at 2019 and some Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded school safety grants. The DOJ awarded $85.3 million in grants to address school security, which includes funding to train and educate faculty, and support for first responders who help during school shootingsREAD MORE

 

The COPS Office is pleased to announce that the following two grant funding opportunities are now open and accepting applications:

COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

The 2020 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance public safety through community policing by addressing the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. CHP provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire existing career law enforcement officers and to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. All local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply.
Applications are due by March 11, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT.  
Please click here for more information on the 2020 COPS Hiring Program.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program

The 2020 Community Policing Development Microgrants Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance the practice of community policing by providing funding to local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Applicants are invited to propose demonstration or pilot projects to be implemented in their agency that offer creative ideas to advance crime fighting, community engagement, problem solving, or organizational changes to support community policing in one of the following ten areas:

Hate Crimes
Human Trafficking
Meeting Rural Law Enforcement Challenges
Officer Safety and Wellness
Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
School Safety
Staffing and Allocation Studies
Victim-Centered Approaches
Violent Crime
Youth Engagement

Applications are due by March 11, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Please click here for more information on the 2020 Community Policing Development Microgrants Program.

 

Alabama

ALABAMA ARP FUNDING

Alabama’s State Superintendent of Education recently pledged $250,000 toward a safety plan for Selma High School. The Alabama Department of Education conducted a threat assessment of the campus after a recent shooting inside the building. This new funding will support a range of solutions, including cameras, door entry points, and new communication systems.

 

Cam Ward presents grant to Alabaster City Schools

ALABASTER – State Sen. Cam Ward awarded Alabaster City Schools with a $40,000 grant on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Ward met with Thomson High School Principal Dr. Wesley Hester, Chief Technology Officer Anthony Kingston, Board of Education President Adam Moseley and ACS Superintendent Dr. Wayne Vickers at THS for the grant presentation.

The grant is meant to help the schools cover their remaining costs for security and safety upgrades, Ward said.

Arizona

TUSD safety department receives grant from DOJ to enhance security at schools

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Tucson Unified School Safety Department announced Tuesday it received a grant from the U.S Department of Justice to create a program for enhaced security at schools and school facilities.

In October 2019, the safety department was awarded a grant of $525,000 under the 2019 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program, according to a press release from TUSD. The COPS program was made to enhance security within school campuses and school facilities.

 

Gov. Doug Ducey unveils $12.3B state spending plan with boost for law enforcement, schools

Buoyed by even healthier than expected state revenue projections, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday unveiled a $12.3 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year that places two of his longtime priorities — public safety and education — front and center. 

On the spending side, about half of new investments would go to K-12 schools. Ducey would boost funding for the state's school safety grant program, fund the final phase of his 20x2020 teacher raise plan and set aside cash for school building repairs, among other initiatives.

The Arizona Department of Education Receives $20 Million in School Safety Funding

The Department of Education received more than $100 million in applications from schools all over the state for the $20 million in school safety funding it received from the Legislature, Rep. Lieberman said.

Eight separate legislative work groups including teachers have examined and discussed education issues, but it’s hard to tell before the session starts in January 2020 which one is going to end up being the major issue, said Rep. Michelle Udall, (R-LD 25), House Education Committee chair and House Appropriations Committee member. Photo by Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

Arizona education board awards school safety grants

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Arizona Board of Education awarded $32 million in school safety grants Friday to hire more school counselors, social workers and police officers.

[WATCH: Gov. Ducey helps Phoenix school get safety grant]

Nearly 400 schools will receive money while the board rejected applications from 500 schools because there wasn't enough money in the program to handle all the requests. 

Earlier this year, the state Legislature added $20 million to the safety grant program's annual $12 million budget.

Arkansas

Lincoln Schools Receive $321,000 Security Grant

LINCOLN -- Lincoln Consolidated School District is one of only four districts in the state to receive a federal grant to bolster school security.

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, awarded grants to the Lincoln, Elkins and Springdale school districts in Northwest Arkansas through its School Violence Prevention Program.

Nationally, the program awarded nearly $50 million this year for school safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools and school grounds, according to a news release from the federal office.

Springdale received $435,451, Lincoln got $321,855 and Elkins received $194,414 -- a total of $951,720. The Hamburg School District in southeast Arkansas was the only other district in the state that got money this year; it received $55,928.

The program provides money directly to states, units of local government, Indian tribes and public agencies, including school districts. The maximum grant is $500,000. Recipients are required to contribute a local cash match of at least 25% toward the total cost of approved projects during the award period, according to the Policing Services office.

 

Northwest Arkansas school districts collect safety grants

SPRINGDALE -- Three Northwest Arkansas school districts received nearly $1 million combined from a federal program for projects intended to bolster school security.

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, awarded grants to the Elkins, Lincoln and Springdale school districts through its School Violence Prevention Program.

Nationally, the program awarded nearly $50 million this year for school safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools and school grounds, according to a news release from the federal office.

Springdale received $435,451, Lincoln got $321,855 and Elkins received $194,414 -- a total of $$951,720. The Hamburg School District in southeast Arkansas was the only other district in the state that got money this year; it received $55,928.

The program provides money directly to states, units of local government, Indian tribes and public agencies, including school districts. The maximum grant is $500,000. Recipients are required to contribute a local cash match of at least 25% toward the total cost of approved projects during the award period, according to the Policing Services office.

Springdale will use part of the money to hire a school safety liaison who will work with each building to enhance safety plans, according to Deputy Superintendent Kelly Hayes. The district also will partner with Ozark Guidance for some social and emotional training for students. In addition, each building will get some sophisticated alarm systems that detect certain chemicals, loud noises and smoke, Hayes said.

California

South Lake Tahoe voters asked to decide on 1% sales tax increase

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Fire safety, road rehabilitation and economic insecurity have been on the minds of South Lake Tahoe residents. In November, South Lake voters will get to decide on whether or not they want a one cent sales tax increase to help in those areas.

The city has been polling residents throughout the year about their priorities and how they’d like to see the money be spent.

“Those priorities were varied beyond the confines required of a special purpose measure, which is limited to a single subject by law,” Irvin said.

Resident responses stated they wanted reduction of wildfire threats, faster 911 response times, road safety and repair, efficient snow removal, city drinking water and the lake staying safe and clean.

Colorado

East Grand OKs lease-purchase agreement to fund security improvements

The East Grand School District has approved a certificate of participation to fund its contribution for $8 million in security upgrades.

Last year, the board of education obtained a $2.1 million BEST Grant from the state for safety and security improvements at the school district. Under the terms of the grant, East Grand was required to come up with $5.9 million in matching funds.

Part of the contribution is being paid from the district’s reserves, but there are not sufficient funds to cover the full $5.9 million. The district is therefore using a COP for its contribution with the BEST projects.

District wide upgrades include improvements to video surveillance systems, installing a public address/mass notification system, adding new door hardware that complies with state and federal guidelines, and installing card-reader access control at all facilities.

Early work on the upgrades was meant to start over spring break, but crews got an early start after schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Work is expected to continue through the summer, and the district plans for construction to be completed before school starts in August.

Douglas County awards school district $6.8 million for security

More than $6.8 million is on its way to the Douglas County School District to bolster student safety, while STEM School Highlands Ranch — the site of a fatal shooting last year — is set to receive $56,000 from the same grant program.

Douglas County commissioners in May opened $10 million in one-time grant dollars to public, private and charter schools in the county. Schools could apply for mental health resources and physical security projects.

“We knew that our community was hurting, and we wanted to come together alongside of them and our school board and the rest of our schools,” Commissioner Lora Thomas said.

Commissioners on Jan. 14 approved an intergovernmental agreement with the school district awarding it $6.8 million. The funds were to be paid in a lump sum within 30 days of executing the agreement. The board will approve contracts with the charter and private schools that applied at a later meeting.

Douglas County Schools Get $10 Million To Upgrade School Safety After Shooting

A Colorado county has approved spending $10 million on physical and technological upgrades at more than 100 schools and on mental health programming in response to a deadly school shooting in May.

Douglas County commissioners on Thursday appropriated about $7.7 million for physical safety and set aside $1.3 million for technology for schools to deploy in the future, the Denver Post reported.

About $990,000 will go toward mental health programs, including curriculum, training and surveys about school culture. That’s enough to cover schools’ requests related to students’ emotional needs, said Commissioner Abe Laydon.

Ninety-one district schools applied for and received some funding, along with 15 charter schools and eight private schools.

Laydon said the grants won’t be able to prevent all acts of violence, but they will make it more difficult to harm children in Douglas County.

Connecticut

CONNECTICUT ARP FUNDING

Gov. Ned Lamont recently announced two state grant programs that will fund infrastructure security and upgrades to emergency communications systems at schools throughout the state. The grant program is available for funding requests from public and private K-12 schools, eligible child care centers, and preschool programs that have received threats. The state will rank applications and award funding based on a demonstrated need for security improvements.

Connecticut Opens New Rounds of School Security Grants

The grants aim to improve school security infrastructure and emergency communications. Initial applications are due June 15.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced on Tuesday that his administration is opening new rounds of funding under two state grant programs that will help with the costs associated with implementing needed security infrastructure improvements and upgrades to emergency communications systems at schools throughout Connecticut.

A total of $10 million has been allocated across both programs:

School Security Competitive Grant Program: A total of $5 million has been set aside for the fifth round of grants under this program. Recipients can use the funding for infrastructure improvements such as door locks, penetration resistant window film, scan cards/access control systems, fences (6 feet or higher), security lighting, bollards, interior and exterior camera systems, and other project that enhance school security infrastructure. A total of $500,000 of funding under this round is allocated for private schools. Multi-Media Interoperable Communications Systems Program: This is a new grant program under which $5 million has been set aside for its first round. Recipients can use the funding for the purchase and installation of interoperable systems that are capable of transmitting immediate communications or notifications to law enforcement agencies. For a camera, radio, panic button, or internet of things system to be considered for this grant, it must include the capability of transmitting communications/notifications to law enforcement and/or their call centers. The grant request can also include systems that integrate existing cameras, radios, panic buttons, or other items for transmission to first responders and/or their call centers. Each applicant can consider its needs and design a system that is as practical as possible. A total of $500,000 of funding under this first round is allocated for private schools.

Applications are now being accepted, with the first part due to the state by 3:00 p.m. on June 15, 2021 and the second part due by June 30, 2021. Applications will be ranked and awarded based on the demonstrated need for security improvements.

For more information and to submit an application for either grant program, visit portal.ct.gov/DEMHS/Grants/School-Security-Competitive-Grant-Program.

Florida

Grant adds security to Children First facililties

SARASOTA — For millions of parents, the safety of their children is both a top priority and constant worry.

Thanks to a grant of $50,000 from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation, Children First will be able to improve building security at four of its locations in Sarasota.

Access control doors and upgraded security cameras will be placed in every classroom and public space at the Helen R. Payne Center located on 33rd Street, the Helen R. Payne Annex located on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, the ROSS Center (a partnership site with the Sarasota Housing Authority), and the Linnie E. Dalbeck Center located on Oak Street (a partnership site with First Presbyterian Church).The improved building security will be put into place to further enhance the safety of more than 150 children and their families each year, as well as hundreds of staff members, volunteers and supporters.

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State Representative Michael Gottlieb, (D-District 98) has filed legislation to pass Alyssa’s Law in Florida. This legislation would mandate every public school in the State to have a panic button alarm system installed. The intent of the alarm, per Rep. Gottlieb, is to allow a teacher or school employee to be able to communicate directly with local law enforcement in the event of an active shooter or other emergencies, reducing response time, which in turn can save lives. ASR Alert Systems, based in Juno Beach, FL, has developed and installed this type of technology in several schools, businesses, town halls and places of worship, around the state of Florida as well as in other states throughout the country.

A petition has been started to ensure the Alyssa Law gets passed at the national level. The law was passed in New Jersey earlier this year and implemented for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. State Representative Michael Gottlieb has sponsored the bill and will need the legislature to agree to allow alarms in schools.

The public can help bring Alyssa's Law through to the national level by signing the petition using the link below. The petition has a goal of 10,000 signatures. 

To sign the petition CLICK HERE

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act (MSDHSPSA)

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that took the lives of 17 Florida students and educators, the 2018 Florida Legislature passed and the Governor signed SB 7026, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. This legislation outlines significant reforms to make Florida schools safer, while keeping firearms out of the hands of mentally ill and dangerous individuals.

Provisions of the law include:

In 2019, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 7030, known as the Implementation of Legislative Recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law and it includes the following provisions:

  • Development of a standardized behavioral threat assessment instrument
  • Additional duties for the Office of Safe Schools to include compliance montioring
  • Changes to the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program
  • Requirements for districts to promote the FortifyFL mobile suspicious activity reporting tool
  • Requirement for the Commissioner of Education to oversee compliance with the MSDHSPSA
  • Charter schools must comple with specific school safety statutes
  • Expedited transfer of student records from school to school
  • Clarification of district responsibilities for school safety

If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Department of Education at safeschools@fldoe.org.

Selby Foundation awards $77,000 to Children First

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation recently awarded a $77,000 grant to Children First for improved building security at four of its locations.

Access control doors and upgraded security cameras will be placed in every classroom and public space at the Dr. Elaine Marieb Early Learning Center, the Venice campus (a partnership with Suncoast Charities), Our Mother’s House (a childcare partnership with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice), and the North Port campus. The improved building security will be put into place to further enhance the safety of more than 250 children and their families each year, as well as hundreds of staff members, volunteers, and supporters.

“With the technological landscape changing rapidly every day, this grant ensures that every parent can focus better on work and their own education with the assurance of their child’s safety, and that every child will have a secure space to develop the skills they need to thrive. We are deeply grateful to the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation for their vision of a community that is safe and sound for all,” said president and CEO Philip Tavill.

Children First receives $50,000 grant for building security

For millions of parents, the safety of their child(ren) is both a top priority and constant worry. Thanks to a grant of $50,000 from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation, Children First will be able to improve building security at four of its locations in Sarasota.

Access control doors and upgraded security cameras will be placed in every classroom and public space at the Helen R. Payne Center located on 33rd Street, the Helen R. Payne Annex located on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, the ROSS Center (a partnership site with the Sarasota Housing Authority), and the Linnie E. Dalbeck Center located on Oak Street (a partnership site with First Presbyterian Church). The improved building security will be put into place to further enhance the safety of more than 150 children and their families each year, as well as hundreds of staff members, volunteers, and supporters.

Pinellas County Schools to ask for nearly $2 million in safety funds

PINELLAS COUNTY , Fla. 1/14/20 — On Tuesday the Pinellas County School District will request state funds from the School Hardening Grant.  The school system is asking for nearly $2 million.

The district wants all employees to have the ability for two-way instant communication with the main office and school police in case of a safety or security issue.  They would use the grant money to provide cell phone lock down capabilities to all staff members.  The funds would also be used to install speakers in the classrooms.  The new security plan includes adding classroom door window protection that would make it difficult for someone to break-in through the window.  Leaders want to continue expanding keyless access control through the district, to allow each school to be able to lock down quickly if needed.

Georgia

The State of Georgia recently approved nearly $100M in funding for K-12 schools that can be applied toward Schools Safety. This funding can be used to purchase new school safety solutions in Georgia to protect students and teachers. 

How metro school systems use money for safety, security

School districts large and small have beefed up security in the past few years. As “active shooter” has become an everyday phrase and school lockdowns have become common, many taxpayer dollars have gone toward increased police presence, improved security at entry points and, most recently, mental health counselors.

 

The AJC asked metro Atlanta school districts to share details about security and safety improvements this first half of the 2019-2020 school year. Here is how some of them said they’re using that money.  READ MORE

Idaho

Minidoka schools receives nearly $500,000 through COPS grant

Minidoka County School District was awarded $498,879 through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services School Violence Prevention Program.

The program awarded nearly $1 million to Idaho schools. The other districts in the state to get money were Genesee Joint Schools, Highland Joint School District and Joint School District 391 in Kellogg. Across the nation the program gave out nearly $50 million.

The school violence prevention program provides up to 75% of funding for school safety measures in and around primary and secondary grounds and schools, according to a Department of Justice statement..

Illinois

Illinois School Safety Grant Funds Available

U.S. Representative Mike Bost says last year the East St. Louis School District received $239,892 from the grant program.

"It received 239-thousand, 892 for metal detectors, locks, staff training and communications planning." Bost adds several years ago, the Lick Creek School District used their grant funds in a unique way. "So thier particular grant, of all things, provided a cell tower, in case of an emergency they can actually reach 911."

Find more information about the grant program, here.  

ILLINOIS COPS SCHOOL VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Nine districts in Illinois were among 160 school districts along with some police departments across the country to receive COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grants in 2020 to improve security at schools. The program makes $53 million available this year. Applications for funding up to $500,000 will be accepted through June 22 and may be used for various projects including safety equipment, technology, and enhanced security.

 

Southern Illinois school district to receive safety grant

9/16/20 SOUTHERN Ill. (KFVS) - Two Illinois school districts received school safety grants from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services School Violence Prevention Program.

Johnson County’s Vienna School District will receive $375,000 and Wabash CUSD #348 will receive $21,248.

The School Violence Prevention Program provides up to 75 percent funding for safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools and school grounds.

Ammo Tax Would Support School Safety Grants

A proposal to levy an additional tax on ammunition in Illinois to deposit into a fund for school safety grants.  House Bill 5651 from Jonathan “Yoni” Pizer, D-Chicago, would put an additional 2 percent tax on ammunition sales. Revenue from the new tax would go to the Safe Schools and Healthy Learning Environments Grant Fund. The Illinois State Board of Education would administer the grants. The proposed 2 percent tax would be on top of the state's 6.25 percent sales tax.

Illinois Establishing Funding For School Safety Projects

In response to mass shootings, schools across the country are spending millions on school safety projects.

School districts across Illinois will be able to submit grant requests through the Illinois State Board of Education. The law takes effect in January 2020.

These grants can cover costs for an array of safety-related projects including high-tech upgrades like metal detectors, professional development or school-based health centers.

Republican State Representative Jeff Keicher of Sycamore supported the bipartisan measure.

“You know, there's so many different solutions,” he said. “There's no one size fits all. You have different communities that have different needs; you have different buildings that are different ages.”

Keicher said schools should be able to develop safety solutions that work for their district, instead of conforming to state mandates.

“So it's also a hope that through this granting mechanism, if we come up with a great innovative idea, maybe we can pull back some of the some of the requirements that don't make sense,” he said.

The new granting mechanism is also supposed to prioritize under-resourced Tier 1 and 2 school districts.

Keicher said lawmakers wanted to get the office established as soon as possible, but he’s not sure how much grant money will be immediately available.

The Illinois Association of School Boards recently passed a resolution to advocate for legislation providing similar grants for schools to pay for School Resource Officers.

New School Safety Funding Will Become Available to Illinois Districts In January 2020

On Jan. 1, school districts across Illinois will have the ability to submit grant requests for millions of available dollars in funding.

Last year, the state legislature approved new funding that can cover costs for a range of security measures, including upgrades for metal detectors, professional development and safety training for district officials and resources for school health centers, according to Northern Public Radio.

Legislators are not sure how much funding will be immediately available, but the law does state that it will prioritize under-resourced schools across the state.

The law will go into effect as members of the Illinois Association of School Boards continue to internally debate the merits of arming staff members that are not school resource officers. Last month, the IASB voted to support a bill that would give more funding to districts seeking to hire officers. For the second year in a row, the association also voted against supporting a bill that would give districts permission to train and arm school teachers and staff.

 

Indiana

9/2/21 - Indiana Allocates More Than $19 Million To School Safety

The Indiana Secured School Safety Board has approved more than $19 million in matching state grants funds, marking a third consecutive year of record-breaking school safety investments.

The $19,058,808 million in awards allows the Board to fully fund all eligible, top-priority projects identified by 392 schools in their applications to the Secured School Safety Grant program (SSSG).

Grant totals for local schools is listed below:

  • Batesville Community School Corp - $52,779.98
  • Franklin County Community Sch Corp - $50,000.00
  • Jac -Cen -Del Community Sch Corp - $25,000.00
  • Lawrenceburg Community School Corp - $85,000.00
  • Oldenburg Academy - $14,870.00
  • Rising Sun -Ohio Co Com - $50,000.00
  • South Dearborn Community Sch Corp - $60,000.00
  • South Ripley Com Sch Corp - $50,000.00
  • Sunman -Dearborn Com Sch Corp - $100,000.00
  • Switzerland County School Corp - $50,000.00

Eligible items in the grant include funding for school resource officers (SROs) and law enforcement officers in schools; equipment and technology; active event warning systems (no matching requirement); firearms training for teachers and staff that choose to allow guns on school property; threat assessments and to implement a student and parent support services program.  All 392 schools that applied for Secured School Safety Grants will receive funding.

FY22 Requirements for Secured School Safety Grant Applicants

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security soon will open the application period for the FY22 Secured School Safety Grant (SSSG), which has important legal requirements that become effective for all applicants this year.  The application period for eligible expenses under the SSSG will begin early Summer 2021. To be eligible to apply for the grant, schools will have to certify two critical elements new in the application for this cycle:

  1. Has your school or corporation conducted a threat assessment to comply with Ind. Code 10-21-1-5(c)?
  2. Has your school or corporation completed a memorandum of understanding in place with a community mental health or behavior health center or does your school/corporation employ a certified or licensed provider pursuant to Ind. Code 10-21-1-5(d)?

Indiana law requires the two above requirements must be met by July 1, 2021, to make an applicant eligible to apply for SSSG funding. Failure to meet these requirements will prevent a school from proceeding through the application process in IntelliGrants. The exact language that will appear in the IntelliGrants application for the SSSG is featured below in this message.

In addition, Ind. Code 10-21-1-4(f) requires the county in which an applicant exists to have a county school safety commission. This commission requirement is not new and has been part of the program since SSSG first began awarding grants to Indiana schools in 2014. See Indiana Code explaining the requirements of a county school safety commission.  Paying close attention to these and other existing eligibility requirements will help expedite the SSSG application and subsequent review processes.

Resources
Guidance documents and other necessary instructions to help apply to the Secured School Safety Grant Program can be found on the IDHS website. This includes the six (6) project-scope categories of eligible expenditures under the program guidelines. In 2020, the Indiana Department of Education and the Family and Social Services Administration issued guidance to schools to help explain the eligibility requirements and provide tools to help schools ensure their eligibility. This includes a sample MOU with a mental health provider.

New questions coming for the FY22 application

Question 1:
Ind. Code 10-21-1-5(c) requires that before July 1, 2021, each school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school shall certify to the department of homeland security that the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school has conducted a threat assessment for each school building used by the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school before applying for a grant under this chapter.

Does the applicant (school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school) certify to the department of homeland security that it has conducted a threat assessment for each school building it uses, pursuant to Ind. Code 10-21-1-5(c)?

If [YES], move on with application.  If [NO], applicant may not move forward.

Question 2:
Ind. Code 10-21-1-5(d) requires that before July 1, 2021, each school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school shall certify to the department of homeland security that the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school has a memorandum of understanding in place with a community mental health center established under IC 12-29-2 or provider certified or licensed by the state to provide mental or behavioral health services to students before applying for a grant under this chapter. A provider described in this subsection may be employed by the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school. 

Does the applicant (school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school) certify to the department of homeland security that it has a memorandum of understanding in place or employs a certified or licensed provider pursuant to Ind. Code 10-21-1-5(d)?

If [YES], move on with application.  If [NO], applicant may not move forward.

Background on SSSG
The Secured School Safety Grant is a matching, reimbursement grant for Indiana school
corporations, accredited non-public schools, charter schools or a coalition of school corporations/charter schools applying jointly to address potential safety threats. Since awards were first issued in 2014, more than $91 million in state-funded grants have been dedicated to enhancing school safety in Indiana.

IDHS Grants Management has compiled a frequently asked questions page to assist
organizations regarding the Secured School Safety Grant. More information is available online.
Visit the Indiana School Safety Hub for more information.

To submit a support ticket for IDHS grants or IntelliGrants, visit dhs.in.gov/grants.htm.

Valley School Board Reviews Budget; Accepts Grants

AKRON – Tippecanoe Valley School Board held a hearing for their 2021 school budget Monday.  The largest grant approved was a $304,000 Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) grant.

The GEER fund was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and allows the governor to provide support to local education agencies with a focus on developing and improving the availability of distance and remote learning strategies and technologies, according to information provided by school administrators.

This grant program was a needs-based and competitive grant to support the challenges associated with distance and remote learning focusing on three areas which included device access, internet connectivity, and educator training/professional development. The grant selection team received and evaluated 257 grant applications. There were 184 school corporations (K-12) and 12 postsecondary institutions selected in the competitive process with all grant awards totaling $61,256,063.67.

The first grant is a $100,000 grant for the Secured School Safety Grant Program the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Tilden-Geiger said $30,000 of the money will go toward a professional school threat assessment for all school buildings that house students through Safe Havens International. This will begin in the winter. The other $70,000 will be spent on updated equipment and technology.

Southern Indiana school district looking to become second in state for school safety referendum

It could mean increased mental health services and safety equipment for students, but first taxpayers will have to agree to higher property taxes.
 
FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. — Securing safer schools for one southern Indiana school district isn't coming without cost to taxpayers. 

The New Albany Floyd County School Corporation is considering a school safety referendum that only one other district in Indiana has been able to pass. It's a push to protect students. 

If it goes through, the school district says 30 percent of the money will be used for securing the property like monitoring and communications, and 70 percent will be spent on mental health services. 

Proposed property tax increase would fund school safety measures in Floyd County

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Floyd County voters will soon decide whether to pay higher property taxes to fund school safety improvements.

The property tax increase would fund up to $3 million each year for the school district over the next eight years. Seventy percent would go toward mental health services, and the remaining 30% would be used for safer buildings and more school resource officers. It's an 8.5 cent increase for every $100 of property value. 

Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program

The Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Fund provides matching grants to school corporations, accredited non-public schools, charter schools or a coalition of school corporations and/or charter schools applying jointly to: 

  1. Employ a school resource officer (salary, benefits and basic 40-hr training course);
  2. Conduct a threat assessment; and/or
  3. Purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders.

Indiana Common School Fund

  • If your school was previously approved for a matching grant from the Indiana Secured School Fund (established at Ind. Code 10-21-1-2) you may apply for an advance from the Indiana Common School Fund.
  • Pursuant to HEA 1230 and Ind. Code 20-49-10-5(a), advances may be used to purchase equipment or make capital improvements needed to:
    • restrict access to schools;
    • expedite the notification of first responders; or
    • improve school security.

Indiana Dept of Education House Enrolled Act 1225 - Safe Schools

HEA 1225 provides a one-time grant to school corporations, charter schools, and non-public schools who jointly apply for a Secured School Safety Grant through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) with the county sheriff to provide initial set-up costs for an active event warning system. Sheriff departments may receive multiple grants.

Warning systems must include:

  • Two phone application-based system that includes school officials as a sender within the system and law enforcement agencies as a receiver within the system;
  • An adjusted geofence to alert law enforcement agencies that are within a certain geographic location, including settings based on rural and urban locations, with an urban setting having a reduced geofence and a rural setting having a broader geofence;
  • The ability for students and the public to submit anonymous tips through a free reporting
    application;
  • The ability for information within the system to be interoperable with the 911;
  • The ability to display the school’s address and location on a map;
  • The ability to provide notifications during emergencies and nonemergencies;
  • The ability to call 911 automatically when the system is triggered; and
  • The ability to operate several individual school response plans.

ASR Alert Systems is an approved vendor for this funding.

Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds asks lawmakers to fund 'school safety bureau' plan

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday announced she will form a special public safety bureau focused on school security by training local districts and law enforcement, but the plan will require additional money in the state budget that needs approval from lawmakers.

She said it would cost $1.5 million annually in following years.

"My administration is committed to making sensible investments today to hopefully prevent a tragedy tomorrow," she said.

Reynolds was joined by Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens, who said the agency already provides training to local officials but can't keep pace with the requests. He said the governor's budget request will allow them to double down on their efforts.

This follows a 2018 bill passed by the legislature and signed by the governor requiring schools implement “high-quality emergency operation plans" that include responses to active shooters and natural disasters.

Kansas

Rep. Estes Announces School Safety Grant for Harvey County Schools

Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) announced a $374,787 grant for the Harvey County School District from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). This grant will help improve security at schools and on school grounds. It can be used to train law enforcement, purchase equipment like metal detectors and technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency, and other measures that provide a significant improvement in security.

“When we drop our children off at school, we want to know they’re safe,” said Rep. Estes. “This funding will help Harvey County schools invest in training, equipment and other measures to increase student and teacher safety and security.”

The Department of Justice COPS office works to advance and reform community policing by providing information and funding to state and local law enforcement. Harvey County is one of 160 schools across the country receiving a grant at this time.

Kentucky

The Pendleton County School district gets grant for school safety

Pendleton County Schools was recently awarded the COPS-SVPP grant. This Grant is the Community Oriented Policing Services School Violence Prevention Program Grant. This year, approximately 160 grants were awarded nationwide to schools, community organizations, and law enforcement agencies. Pendleton Counties Grant was for the amount of $340,000.00.

Pendleton County schools has made school safety and violence prevention a top priority and this grant will provide much needed assistance to ensure students and staff have state of the art technology and safety measures in place. The grant was written in collaboration with the Pendleton County Sheriff’s Office and the Pendleton County Emergency Management Office. Pendleton County Schools are very appreciative of the collaborative efforts of local agencies which make these awards possible.

The COPS-SVPP grant will benefit the students, staff, and community of Pendleton County in a multifaceted way. Projects that are slated to be completed in the three year grant cycle include: an upgrade to the security camera system across the district, a new public address and intercom system at Phillip Sharp Middle School, as well as the conversion of two way bus radios to a digital system.

These upgrades will provide additional layers of support, as well as enhance our current safety and security already in place. The district anticipates beginning projects in early December of 2020 and must complete projects within the three year grant cycle”.
Pendleton County Schools will be going to the hybrid in person model beginning October 19, 2020.

 

Whitley County School District getting $356,651 in federal safety funding

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently announced that 10 Kentucky school districts received a total of $3,169,388 to keep students safe in school, including the Whitley County School District.

The Whitley County Board of Education will receive $356,651, according to a news release.

The competitive federal grant funding was distributed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services’ (COPS Office) School Violence Prevention Program.

According to the COPS Office, the funding can be used for coordinating with local law enforcement, training for officers to prevent school violence, and to purchase notification technology as well as deterrent measures like metal detectors, locks, and lighting.

Whitley County officials have not announced how they plan to use their funding.

“Violence has no place in our schools, and we have a responsibility to help create a safe environment for Kentucky’s young people to learn and prepare for their future,” said McConnell. “I congratulate these school districts for their innovative efforts to help stop school violence before it occurs. As Senate Majority Leader, I’ll continue prioritizing the safety of Kentucky’s next generation, especially while they’re in school.”

 

Pendleton County receives federal funds to promote safety in Ky schools

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today 10 Kentucky school districts received a total of $3,169,388 to keep students safe in school. The competitive federal grant funding was distributed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services’ (COPS Office) School Violence Prevention Program. According to the COPS Office, the funding can be used for coordinating with local law enforcement, training for officers to prevent school violence, and to purchase notification technology as well as deterrent measures like metal detectors, locks, and lighting.

“Violence has no place in our schools, and we have a responsibility to help create a safe environment for Kentucky’s young people to learn and prepare for their future,” said Senator McConnell. “I congratulate these school districts for their innovative efforts to help stop school violence before it occurs. As Senate Majority Leader, I’ll continue prioritizing the safety of Kentucky’s next generation, especially while they’re in school.”

School District Funding

Anderson County Board of Education $26,794

Fayette County Board of Education $499,355

Jefferson County Board of Education $500,000

McCracken County Public Schools $145,069

Metcalfe County Schools Police Department $461,505

Monroe County Board of Education $365,417

Nelson County Public Schools Police Department $344,872

Pendleton County School District $255,075

Taylor County School District $214,650

Whitley County Board of Education $356,651

 

Whitley County Schools receive more than $300,000 in grant money for school safety

9/18/20 - Friday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced $3,169,388 was granted to Kentucky schools to help prevent school violence.

“Violence has no place in our schools, and we have a responsibility to help create a safe environment for Kentucky’s young people to learn and prepare for their future,” said Senator McConnell. “I congratulate these school districts for their innovative efforts to help stop school violence before it occurs. As Senate Majority Leader, I’ll continue prioritizing the safety of Kentucky’s next generation, especially while they’re in school.”

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) said the funding will be used for technology and preventive measures such as training law enforcement for prevention of school violence, metal detectors, and locks.

The Whitley County Board of Education has been designated $356,651 of the grant funding. The remainder of the funding will be distributed to Anderson, Fayette, Jefferson, McCracken, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Pendleton, and Taylor Counties.

 

Metcalfe County receives $461,505 school safety grant

EDMONTON, Ky.– The Metcalfe County Schools Police Department has been awarded a $461,505 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The school safety grant will expand the district’s partnership with the Edmonton Police Department and Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Office in a comprehensive School Violence Prevention Program. Superintendent Josh Hurt says school safety and security are top priorities.

“The Metcalfe County School District recognizes the responsibility of providing a safe and secure school environment where students can learn,” Hurt said.

“Being prepared for emergencies is one aspect of such an environment.” Grant funds will support the four goals of the SVPP grant.

Metcalfe County was one of ten school districts in Kentucky and 160 across the country to be awarded the three-year grant.

Marshall County High School, site of 2018 shooting, gets over $600k for security upgrades

Kentucky officials announced Thursday the awarding of over $620,000 in grant money that will be used to install a security camera system and make other security upgrades at Marshall County High School, the site of a deadly shooting in 2018.

The $621,176 award to the Marshall County Board of Education comes from a federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant that Kentucky received in 2018, according to a Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet news release.

Gov. Andy Beshear and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble announced the award Thursday.

“We will never forget the tragedy in Marshall County and we will continue to do everything we can to honor those we lost, support the community and protect our students and educators,” Beshear said in the release. “We are grateful the Marshall County Board of Education received this critically important grant. With these additional funds, the Board will be able to make the improvements necessary to further support the emotional, psychological and physical safety and security of each survivor, student and educator.”

School safety measures get nearly $40M in otherwise austere one-year KY budget

April 1, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As Kentucky's General Assembly passes a one-year budget with few funding increases on Wednesday, nearly $40 million has been earmarked to implement various pieces of last year's sweeping school safety law.  The total puts the state's initial investment in the school safety law, which came in response to the 2018 shooting at Marshall County High School that left two students dead and several others injured, at $38.6 million.

 

Detailing what Kentucky’s proposed budget funds

House Bill 352 is the $23 billion, two-year, state executive budget, which was recently adopted by the House of Representatives. The House also adopted a budget for the legislative branch. The budget bill will now move to the state Senate, and will ultimately be sent to the governor by April 1, 2020.  The House budget includes a record level of funding for education, including an increase in the per-student allocation sent to schools (SEEK), monies to implement the school safety act, and an increased investment in post secondary education.

Justice, Public Safety Cabinet accepting Byrne Memorial grant applicants

FRANKFORT, Ky. (3/7/20) — The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet announced it will begin accepting applications March 4 for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 state solicitations.

JAG grants are funded through an appropriation from the Department of Justice and may be used for a variety of justice and public safety programs, including enforcement, prosecution, corrections, treatment, prevention and education. Total federal funds available for this grant program has not yet been announced. Applications may be submitted in one of three categories: Drug Task Forces, Restricted (total proposed project cost under $10,000), and Unrestricted (total proposed project cost greater than $10,000). Eligible applicants are state and local government agencies and nonprofit entities.

Submission deadline for JAG applications is April 15. Applications and related information may be obtained by following the links on the Grants Management Division webpage, https://justice.ky.gov/Pages/Grants-Management-Branch.aspx.

State Budget Plan Clears House, Heads to Senate

A $23.4 billion state spending plan that would provide pay raises for state employees and teachers, more than $1 billion to fund teacher pensions, and millions of dollars for school safety has advanced to the Kentucky Senate.

House Bill 352, sponsored by House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chair Steven Rudy (R-Paducah), passed the House on a vote of 86-10.   It includes $18.7 million for school facility upgrades.

Maine

Readfield-based school district to reinforce school security with $40,500 grant

Regional School Unit 38 is strengthening its school security, the result of a $40,500 grant it recently received from the Department of Justice.

“Student safety will always be something we can look to improve upon,” said Jay Charette, superintendent of RSU 38, also known as the Maranacook school district. “We do our best to be ready, and sadly we learn lessons from those that have experienced school shootings in recent years.”

The grant money is part of $85.3 million awarded nationally by the Department of Justice under the School Violence Prevention Program of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. 

Maine schools received $1.25 million of that funding. School Administrative District 15, which includes Gray and New Gloucester, received $494,850; RSU 52, which includes Greene, Leeds and Turner, received $324,108; Sanford School Department received $216,221; and SAD 30, which includes Lee, Springfield, Webster and Winn, received $181,767.

“These grants to Maine Schools will assist local districts in preventing violence in schools and enhancing the safety of Maine schoolchildren,” said U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank in a press release.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, within the Department of Justice, and the COPS Office manage the programs and administer the grants. 

Maryland

MARYLAND ARP FUNDING

Baltimore County Public Schools, like so many other school districts in the state, has received funding for enhanced school safety. The new revenue will be used for safety monitoring systems, fire alarm systems, electronic security technology, and installation and maintenance of closed-caption surveillance systems.

 

Governor Hogan Announces Money For School Construction and Economic Development Projects

  • $43.5 million for three Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) K-12 capital programs that provide improvements to building systems and school security
  • • $10 million will go to MSDE’s Public School Safety Grant Program, which provides grants to local education agencies for school security improvements based on deficiencies identified through facility safety risk assessments. 
  • • $3.5 million will go to the Nonpublic School Security Improvements program, including grants for security and safety improvements to eligible nonpublic schools currently participating in the Maryland Nonpublic Student Textbook Program.

Maryland Center for School Safety Fiscal Year 2020 Safe Schools Fund Grant

Grants Offered in Fiscal Year 2020
● Safe Schools Fund Grant
● School Resource Officer (SRO) / Adequate Coverage Grant
● School Traffic Safety Enforcement Grant
● Hate Bias Crimes Grant

Who May Apply
Funding is available to the following Maryland entities:
● Safe Schools Fund Grant
○ Local School Systems
○ Non-Public Special Education Schools

● School Resource Officer (SRO) / Adequate Coverage Grant
○ Law Enforcement Agencies (LE)1
○ Local School Systems

● School Traffic Safety Enforcement Grant
○ Law Enforcement Agencies

● Hate Bias Crimes Grant
○ Non-public and private schools, child care centers as defined by Md. Code Ann.,
Education Art. §9.5-401, and Local School Systems which are determined to be at risk of
hate crimes.

All funding is contingent upon the Maryland Center for School Safety (the “Center”) receiving the
specified grant funds from the State of Maryland. As of the posting of this Notice of Funding
Availability, the General Assembly completed appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020.

For further assistance, please contact:
Gifty Quarshie, Fiscal and Grants Analyst
410-281-2335
MCSS.MCSS@maryland.gov

Massachusetts

Amesbury receives $50K school security grant

AMESBURY — School security will be getting a boost in the future thanks to a $50,000 state grant.

Mayor Kassandra Gove made taking a more aggressive approach to obtain state grants a focal point of her 2019 mayoral campaign. The $50,000 comes from the Safer Schools and Communities Initiative's $1.9 million Local Equipment and Technology Grant fund.

The city is expected to use the money to install and upgrade security equipment in all five of its public school buildings.

Non-Profits May Qualify for up to $50,000 in State Security Grants

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research (OGR) will make available $1,435,000 in funding for nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations to competitively solicit one-time grant funding to assist nonprofit organizations such as places of worship, faith-based community centers, and the like with enhancing building safety and security for its members and staff. This Availability of Grant Funds (AGF) will provide all the information needed to submit an application for consideration under the SFY20 Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program (CNSGP). Priority will be given to applicants demonstrating the greatest need AND proposing cost-effective solutions to addressing highpriority security gaps or weaknesses.

Applicant Eligibility Per legislative language, only Massachusetts based nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organizations that are located outside of the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region are eligible to apply. Applicants may solicit up to $50,000 in funding under this competition. Priority will be given to applicants who have NOT received a previous CNSGP or other related federal award from EOPSS OGR.

Massachusetts State Legislation Per legislative language, funding shall be expended for a nonprofit security grant program to provide support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attacks or hate crimes as defined in section 32 of chapter 22C of the General Laws and are ineligible for the United States Department of Homeland Security's Nonprofit Security Urban Area Grant Program based on their location; provided further, that: 1. Not less than 1 such grant shall be awarded to a nonprofit organization in the eastern region of the commonwealth;

2. Not less than 1 such grant shall be awarded to a nonprofit organization in the central region of the commonwealth

3. Not less than 1 such grant shall be awarded to a nonprofit organization in the western region of the commonwealth.

More information available at this link.

Mass. puts $1 million towards security for houses of worship, nonprofits

Amid the rise of reported anti-Semitic incidents in Massachusetts, state lawmakers have put aside over $1 million to bolster security efforts for houses of worship and other nonprofits at risk of being the target of a hate crime.  

The influx of new money into the Commonwealth Nonprofit Safety Grant Program was highlighted Monday, as Gov. Charlie Baker ceremonially signed sections of the recently passed surplus budget that triples funding for the initiative.

In total, the program will put aside over $1.4 million in funding, which is made available for recipients to buy and install “technology, equipment, and other resources to safeguard them from acts of violence,” officials said. The initiative, previously budgeted for $500,000, has garnered an additional $1 million under the supplemental budget.

Each grant is capped at $50,000, and spending is limited to certain types of items, such as surveillance cameras, exterior doors and locks, P.A. systems, alarms, fencing, lighting, access control systems, and emergency first aid supplies, among others, according to an overview available on the state’s website.

Michigan

CAPS receives nearly $500K grant for safety, security upgrades

CADILLAC — Cadillac Area Public Schools received a pleasant surprise Thursday morning that will ultimately help to make the district safer and more secure.

CAPS Superintendent Jennifer Brown said the district was informed it was one of only five Michigan schools to receive funds as part of the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services, School Violence Prevention Program grant. The district will be getting $473,106 and will use those funds to enhance school safety at secondary buildings and the Viking Learning Center.

The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018) gave the Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS Office authority to provide awards directly to states, units of local government, or Indian tribes to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs.

School Violence Prevention Program funding will provide up to 75% funding for the following school safety measures in and around K-12 schools and school grounds including:

• Coordination with law enforcement.

• Training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence against others and self.

• Metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures.

• Technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency.

• Any other measure that the COPS Office determines may provide a significant improvement in security.

 

These school tax proposals are on Genesee County’s November ballot

GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- Some Genesee County voters will decide the fate of local school tax proposals in the November general election.

Proposals include a $55-million bond for Linden Community Schools and an operating millage renewal and sinking fund millage extension for Flushing Community Schools.

If passed, the funds would go toward student safety and security, expanding and enhancing instructional spaces, remodeling, upgrading and constructing school facilities and upgrading technology, according to the district.

The proposal would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an estimated tax increase of $50 per year, according to the district.

 

Tuesday is Election Day for a $59 million bond issue. The voting will be handled absentee voting / vote by mail. - May 4,2020

Voters won’t hit the polls Tuesday but still will be asked to cast their ballots to support or nix a $59 million bond proposal for Monroe Public Schools.

Despite pressure to follow the lead of three area townships that postponed local elections, the district chose to move forward with the money request to upgrade infrastructure and safety measures in what’s become an unusual election in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If approved, the millage is expected to generate about $59 million to be used toward updating the district’s more than 40-year-old infrastructure. The average age of the district’s buildings is 64.

Citing plans for facilities improvements and enhanced safety measures, Everly said security upgrades received 92% approval by the public in community-wide survey in July.

Glen Oaks to receive $50,000 grant for campus video surveillance

Glen Oaks Community College has been awarded a $50,000 grant to be used toward installation and implementation of a modernized campus video surveillance system.

Funded through the Michigan State Police sexual assault grant program, the college was one of four community colleges and 19 four-year universities selected for funding.

The grant will allow for additional camera installations at the college’s main entrances, the north and south wing entrances, the newly renovated grand concourse and the parking lots.

FinnU receives $47,589 grant for campus security technology

Finlandia University has received $47,589 from the Michigan Department of State Police and Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program reimbursement grant initiative for sexual assault prevention technology upgrades. The University will use these funds to add a new camera security system as well as an RFID card access system and enhance campus LED lighting in Finlandia Hall.

 

A timeline for the updates has yet to be determined but is actively being discussed with campus leadership.  For more information on the campus security technology upgrades please reach out to Brandon Bell at brandon.bell@finlandia.edu

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The money approved by taxpayers in 2018 will fund updates and improvements at multiple Kalamazoo schools.

Kalamazoo Public Schools is planning about $6 million for improvements with funds from the district’s largest-ever bond approved by voters in 2018. The Board of Education approved the purchases at a meeting Thursday, Feb. 13.

Northville schools ballot proposal focuses on instructional tech, security equipment

Instructional technology and security equipment are the two areas that will suffer or prosper the most depending on whether Northville Public Schools voters approve or disapprove a March 10 ballot item asking for the replacement of the district's current sinking fund millage with a new one.  If passed, the new sinking fund millage would extend the current 0.9519-mill levy from 2021 to 2025 and, according to the school district, provide for broader uses of the proceeds compared to previous years.

Literature distributed by the school district emphasizes that a successful passage would not increase the current tax rate residents see on their tax bills.

If approved, the sinking fund would continue to pump approximately $3 million annually toward building and site repairs, instructional technology and safety and security upgrades.

Oakland County awarded $682,000 to support emergency response efforts.

Oakland County is getting help from the federal government that will better prepare officials in responding to emergency situations.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the county $682,503 through the State Homeland Security and Urban Area Security Initiative grant programs. This represents a decrease of $35,262 from the previous year.

The current year grant includes $281,958 to continue three full-time positions in the homeland security division and sheriff’s office, and $351,000 for capital improvement projects. Funding will also be used to reimburse communities that provide neighboring municipalities with active shooter and civil unrest training.

The county received $506,422 through the Urban Area Security Initiative, which supports terrorism preparedness efforts in the areas of planning, equipment, training and exercises. It also assists those high-threat, high-density areas in their efforts to build and sustain prevention, response and recovery efforts following acts of terrorism.

Escanaba schools prepare for emergencies

ESCANABA — In December 2019, the Escanaba School Board adopted an Emergency Operations Plan. The plan had to be written before administration applied for a Michigan State Police safety grant, so it was created the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.  The plan had to be approved by Escanaba Public Safety and the Delta County emergency management coordinator. Together, they came up with different scenarios to put in the plan. Changes to the 2019-2020 plan included topics that were not included before.  The Emergency Operations Plan is a living document and every year Fletcher plans to revisit it to make appropriate changes as technology improves and scenarios arise. 

A copy of the plan is housed in each school and includes procedures for natural disasters such as earthquake, flooding, tornado, and winter storm. Hazards caused by people include: chemical-hazardous materials, fire, nuclear facility incident, power outage, water system failure, accidents, medical emergency, mass contamination, apparent suicide, bomb threat, civil disorder, death on campus, explosion, hostage situation, intruder, kidnapping-abduction, reports of weapon on campus, sexual assault, terrorism, and weapons assault. Immediate actions by administration and teachers to the hazards may include, lockdown, evacuation, or shelter-in-place.  Authorities are contacted different ways, depending on the situation.

Minnesota

Edna Public Schools Tech Levy $7 Million Bond

A $7 million technology levy and $7 million bond issue for Edina Public Schools have been approved by voters. This new funding will support all aspects of technology including hardware and software, network and firewall infrastructure, additional bandwidth, security cameras, door locks and alarm systems, and online information platforms. Funding is allocated for expansion of some school facilities and upgrades to traffic control systems at elementary schools.

 

Special state grant funds school safety upgrades.

Thanks to a one-time grant from the Minnesota Legislature, Sartell-St. Stephen schools will have money for a number of safety upgrades.

At the school board’s Nov. 6 work session, Joe Prom, director of Business Services, said the district will receive $135,000.

The money comes from $30 million that will be split among all Minnesota school districts based on enrollment.

Sartell-St. Stephen leaders plan to use the money to address a number of safety issues at schools. New security cameras will replace old technology at Oak Ridge and Pine Meadow schools. The money will also pay for a new visitor entry system now being rolled out across the district and for entry system upgrades.

The money had been approved on a contingent basis and depended on there being extra dollars available when the state closed the books on its budget year in June. In all, $63 million was freed up for school safety, a disaster response fund and bus service for riders with disabilities.

School funding, safety, and discipline reforms top list of priorities for Minnesota education advocates heading into 2020 Legislature

Associations and nonprofits representing educators, school administrators and families are busy finalizing their agendas ahead of the 2020 Minnesota legislative session, which begins Feb. 11, 2020.  Funding pitches are still likely to dominate education committee meetings at the capitol. The $1.33 billion surplus included in Minnesota’s recent budget forecast has given education lobbyists a renewed sense of hope that they’ll secure greater investments in everything from teacher diversity efforts and school safety aid to preschool access. 

Mississippi

The Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bond bill Monday that has $86 million in funding

6/2/20 - The Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bond bill Monday that has $86 million in funding for capital projects at state universities, $79 million in funding for capital projects involving state agencies and $25 million for projects at the state’s community colleges.

House Bill 1730, sponsored by state Rep. Trey Lamar, R-Senatobia, would provide $44.5 million for the Department of Public Safety to build and furnish a new headquarters building in Rankin County, a new highway patrol substation in Starkville and a new Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy facility in Pearl. These three new buildings would replace aging infrastructure.

The bill passed the House by an overwhelming 113-5 margin but has a reverse repealer on it. This legislative tactic prevents a bill from going to the governor’s desk for signing into law and forces both chambers to perform more work on the bill. More projects will likely be added to it as in past sessions.

Projects that will be funded at state universities include:

$3.65 million for campus safety and security improvements and $2.7 million for a child development learning center at Alcorn State University.
$3 million for campus building improvements at Delta State University.
$5.26 million for improvements to buildings on the campus of Jackson State University.
Mississippi State University would receive $10 million to build a new Kinesiology Department building and $8 million for the renovation two buildings at the agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine division.
The Mississippi University for Women would receive $13 million to construct a building to house its culinary arts program.
$13.5 million for Mississippi Valley State University to expand its student union building and other facilities.
The University of Mississippi would receive $13.55 million to repair, renovate and expand its data center building.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center would receive $6.5 million to replace a boiler and related equipment.
The University of Southern Mississippi would receive $6.5 million to repair and renovate its old kinesiology building, while its Gulf Coast campus would receive $700,000 for building improvements.
$1.4 million to replace air handlers at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Building and the JSU Universities Center.

Missouri

Cape District to apply for school-safety grant from Department of Justice

The Cape Girardeau School Board approved a $500,000 grant proposal to fund school safety Monday night (5/24/21).

With the board's vote, the district will now submit a proposal for approval to the Department of Justice for its Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) Grant.

Money from the grant will go toward equipment for school security.

PRC School District receives safety grant

The Pearl River County School District was awarded a $500,000 school safety grant, which will be used to add security cameras, add a new door locking system and upgrade the district’s intercom systems.

“I think it will go a long way in securing our campuses for faculty and students,” said Superintendent Alan Lumpkin.

The $500,000 grant is from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services School Violence Prevention Program. The grant requires a 25 percent match, $125,000, from the district, meaning the total project will cost $625,000, said TJ Burleson, the district’s business administrator and director of operations.

The district has approximately 160 security cameras on its campuses already, said Burleson, and the grant will pay for the purchase of 60 additional cameras. The cameras will cover the new construction and some primarily outdoor areas that need additional coverage.

 

Voters approve school bonds in Columbia, Sturgeon

Voters in the Columbia School District approved a $20 million school bond issue by a margin of 86 percent to 14 percent, in the fourth consecutive successful bond issue election for the district.

The plan for the $20 million bond issue includes $7.5 million for a building addition, either Russell Boulevard Elementary School or Battle Elementary School.  Also in the plan is $3 million for high school athletic fields, $2 million for accessibility improvements around the district, and $1 million for safety and security.  More on the vote here.

Two half-cent sales tax measures for public safety approved

Two separate half-cent sales tax measures — one for the city of Neosho and one for all of Newton County — both succeeded at the polls Tuesday, according to complete but unofficial election results.

Neosho city voters approved a half-cent sales tax for funding the city's police and fire departments with a votes of 1,342 to 626, an approval rate of 68.19%. It is hoped to raise almost $1.3 million annually.

It will be split between an operations fun that would address staffing and salaries, and a capital improvement fund that would be used for purchasing equipment.

Newton County voters also approved a separate half-cent sales tax to fund services related to dispatching emergency calls and other emergency services, 4,501 to 2,422, passing with 65% approval. It is expected to raise almost $3.6 million annually.

Almost half of that money will go toward funding the Newton County Central Dispatch Center. The county in response will also eliminate a tax paid by land-line telephone customers and waive fees that cities in Newton County pay for dispatch services. The other half will be split between the sheriff's department and three Newton County cities.

The two yes votes means purchases made inside the city limits of Neosho will increase by a full percent.

Nebraska

Kearney Public Schools gets grant to improve student safety and security.

KEARNEY — Kearney Public Schools recently received a federal security grant that will be used to help improve student safety and security throughout the school district.

According to KPS Associate Superintendent Jason Mundorf, the grant will provide $326,264 in funding during the next two years. The grant comes from the COPS School Violence Prevention Program, a competitive award program that provides funding to improve security at schools through school safety programs.

The goal of the COPS program is to improve student safety and security at KPS schools by purchasing security equipment and training KPS and Kearney Police Department personnel in additional school security measures.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

Nevada

$2.9M grant to improve safety, support victims and youth programs in Nevada tribal communities

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Department of Justice announced Wednesday it’s giving a $2.9M grant to help tribal communities in Nevada tackle crime and help victims.

“These grants reinforce how the Department of Justice has prioritized helping tribes more effectively serve and protect their communities,” said Nevada U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich. “Our office looks forward to working with tribes to deploy these new resources – continuing to fulfill our commitment to address issues surrounding missing and murdered indigenous persons, and to reduce violent crime and increase public safety on tribal lands.”

More than $103 million is being awarded to tribes across the country under the Justice Department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation. CTAS supports activities that enhance law enforcement and tribal justice practices, expand victim services and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts.

Another $113M is being set aside to help tribes develop, expand and improve services to victims of crime and promote other public safety initiatives.

The following organizations in the District of Nevada received funding:

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation award
Yerington Paiute Tribe received $663,004
Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program awards
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe received $505,795
Intertribal Council of Nevada received $1,261,308
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe received $505,795

 

USDA invests $65 million nationwide in rural community facilities

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Last week U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced that USDA has invested $65 million to benefit more than 600,000 rural residents in 14 states through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. The investments can be used for purposes such as to build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities.

Although no Nevada funding was announced, Community Programs Director Cheryl Couch said about $11.3 million in Community Facility (CF) Direct Loans and $190,300 in CF Grants is still available for projects. In addition, another $479,998 in CF Guaranteed Loans is available, and about $64,000 in Economic Impact Initiative grant funds is available. For more information contact Cheryl Couch at (775) 443-4760 or by email at Cheryl.couch@usda.gov.

“More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding, including building or upgrading schools, libraries, clinics and public safety and first responder facilities,” Couch said. “Funds may also be used for equipment or vehicles such as senior center kitchens or food distribution services or police, fire or ambulance vehicles and equipment.”

New Jersey

9/1/21 - Governor Murphy and Department of Education Announce Grants Addressing School Safety and Lead Remediation in Schools

  • School Security Grants, $8 million: The DOE is re-opening the School Security Grants portion of the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act. The $8 million will help schools install panic alarms for emergency situations, which was required under Alyssa’s Law. After addressing Alyssa’s Law compliance, the funding can be used for other school-security measures such as cameras, secure vestibules, and shatter-resistant glass. In 2018, New Jersey voters approved the $500 million Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act (Bond Act), $75 million of which was designated for school safety measures. The $8 million that is being re-opened today is the portion of the Bond Act that was not fully utilized in the first round of School Security Grants funding.
  • Preschool and Charter School Security Compliance Grants, $4 million: Because charter schools and school district preschools were not eligible for the school-security funding in the 2018 Bond Act, the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2022 state budget included $4 million in funding to cover those entities. The grants being announced today will provide funding to help school districts with district-owned preschool-only buildings, charter schools, and renaissance school projects comply with the provisions of Alyssa’s Law and address other security measures, as appropriate.

School districts, charter schools, and renaissance school projects that are eligible for the funding can apply online through the DOE’s website. The application deadline for each of the grants is October 13, 2021.

  • Obtain the signature of the tenant on the application, which may be documented electronically; and
  • Must provide documentation of the application to the tenant to notify the tenant that the application has been submitted.

7/12/21 - South Plainfield Schools to Receive Over $187K in Security Grant Funds

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield School District is set to receive grant monies available through the passage of the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act.

Under the guidelines of the Act, grant monies, which are supported by $500 million in bonds approved by New Jersey voters in November 2018, must be used specifically for school security, water infrastructure improvements, and/or enhancement of career and technical education (CTE) in county vocational-technical school districts and county colleges.

7/8/21 - Woodbridge Schools Get $776,731 To Install Silent Panic Alarms

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — The Woodbridge school district is slated to receive more than $700,000 from the state Department of Education to install silent panic alarms and other devices in school buildings, all in the name of preparing for a school shooting or other dangerous event.

7/7/21 - Red Bank High School and Borough Schools Up for $139k+ Grants from the State

RED BANK, NJ: Governor Phil Murphy, Acting Commissioner of Education Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges have recommended the Legislature approve the first round of funds released under the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act (SOCFBA).

Red Bank Regional High School is expected to receive a grant of $77,667 and the Borough Schools $62,160.

7/6/21 - Chatham Schools To Be Reimbursed $234K For Security Upgrades

CHATHAM, NJ - The School District of the Chathams is one of New Jersey's school districts allocated $234,432 in first-round funding for school security projects through the "Securing Our Children's Future Bond Act."

Governor Phil Murphy signed off on July 1 for over $66 million in school security project grants after the legislation passed in the Senate on June 24 in Bill S3959 and in the Assembly on June 21 in Bill A5886.

7/4/21 - Middletown Schools Get $538,389 To Install Silent Panic Alarms

MIDDLETOWN, NJ — The Middletown school district is slated to receive $538,389 from the state Department of Education to install silent panic alarms and more in school buildings, all in the name of preparing for a school shooting or other dangerous event.

7/4/21 - South Brunswick Schools To Get Funds For Silent Panic Alarms

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — The South Brunswick School District has been recommended to the Legislature to get $488,892 from the state Department of Education to install silent panic alarms and more in school buildings.

7/4/21 - East Brunswick Public Schools Allotted $465K to Increase Security

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Following the passing of a bill submitted by District 18's Sterley Stanley and his colleagues, the State of New Jersey will provide financial support for increased school security, including "silent panic alarms" which would allow staff to alert law enforcement without increasing danger. East Brunswick has been allocated $465,045.00.

New Jersey Governor Signs Legislation to Award SOCFBA 7/2/21

TRENTON  NJ (STL.News) Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to award school districts and county colleges with grants through the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act (SOCFBA).  The grants will fund school security, water infrastructure improvements, and enhancement of career and technical education (CTE) in county vocational-technical school districts and county colleges.  It is within this grant that $66,173,243 has been allocated for SCHOOL SECURITY PROJECTS such as silent panic alarms (i.e. ALYSSA’s LAW)

The first round of grants, which the Governor transmitted to the Legislature for approval in May, will total $317.2 million and be distributed by the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE).  Funds will be disbursed on a rolling basis contingent on final grant revisions and recipient submissions of reimbursement requests.

The SOCFBA is supported by $500 million in bonds approved by New Jersey voters in November 2018.  Second-round details and applications will be announced at a later date.

Governor Murphy, Department of Education, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education Announces Initial Round of Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act Projects

The Murphy Administration is recommending $317.2 million in awards for the initial round of SOCFBA The projects will now go to the Legislature for final approval.

School Security Projects — Approximately $65.4 million

The SOCFBA allocated funds for the installation of silent panic alarms to alert law enforcement during an emergency as required by Alyssa’s Law, and for other school security upgrades. Other school security upgrades include exterior lighting improvements, surveillance cameras, intercoms, remote locking/unlocking doors, shatter-resistant glass, signage improvements, generator installation, and impact-rated vehicle barriers.

The first round of the SOCFBA will fund 494 proposed projects, totaling approximately $65.4 million. These grants will be administered by the DOE.

For the list of round-one projects in this category, click here.

Alyssa’s Law Compliance and School Security Grants
FINAL GUIDELINES

Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act P.L. 2018, c. 119
Issued by the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey School Development Authority - October 2020  FULL GUIDELINES HERE

 

BOARD OF SCHOOL ESTIMATE TALKS LONG-TERM FACILITY PROJECTS

Another ongoing project is an upgrade of the district’s security system, to bring it in line with Alyssa’s Law, named for Alyssa Alhadeff, a high school student and former New Jersey resident killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in 2018. The law requires school security systems to be upgraded and include features such as silent alarm buttons.

The district has appropriated $491,550 for construction and installation services for the new security system.

D’Andrea said the goal is to have a system that can be expanded as needed and allow the Montclair Police Department remote access to the schools’ security cameras in the event of an incident. The district needed to upgrade its telecommunications system first before the cameras could be installed, and that work has been completed, D’Andrea said.

Schools are expected to have their individual proposed budgets ready by Oct. 30.

Alyssa’s Law Compliance and School Security Grants

The New Jersey Department of Education (“NJDOE”), in consultation with the New Jersey Schools
Development Authority (“NJSDA”) for compliance with N.J.S.A. 18A:41-10 et seq. (“Alyssa’s Law”), is
issuing these Preliminary Guidelines to inform public school districts of the upcoming grant program to improve school security as authorized by the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act, P.L. 2018, c.119 (“Bond Act”).  FULL TEXT GRANT GUIDANCE HERE.

 

Gottheimer Announces $277,000+ Federal Investment to Bogota School District for School Safety, Security, Law Enforcement

BOGOTA, NJ – This week, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced that the Bogota School District has been awarded $277,000 in federal investment to improve security measures and keep students and teachers safe.

The federal investment was administered through the U.S. Justice Department’s School Violence Prevention Program, which was enacted by Congress in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in 2018.

Bogota will utilize the federal investment to make upgrades to camera surveillance, radio communications, online network monitoring, anonymous reporting management system, visitor screening technology, and upgrades to doors, windows, and keys.

 

Teaneck Awarded $500K School Safety Grant

TEANECK, NJ — Recently, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Josh Gottheimer announced $500,000 in federal grant money was awarded to Teaneck Public Schools.

According to the district, that grant money will be used to improve security measures and upgrade security technology throughout the district.

"Creating a safe learning environment for our students and staff is a top priority in our school district," said Superintendent of Schools Christopher Irving. "This grant will enable us to improve the overall safety, security and health of our schools by upgrading and installing 21st century equipment."

The grant was administered through the Justice Department's School Violence Prevention Program, which was enacted by Congress in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in 2018.

New York

9/18/21 - Applications for 2021-22 Safe Schools Endeavor grants available

WATERTOWN — The Safe Schools Endeavor, in partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation, has announced that applications for 2021-22 funding are now available.

All schools in Jefferson and Lewis counties are eligible and encouraged to seek grant funding for projects, programs, and initiatives that seek to strengthen school safety and improve student and campus culture.

School officials and representatives should complete applications no later than Friday, Nov. 5. All applications must be completed through the Community Foundation’s online Grant Lifecycle Manager, accessed at nnycf.org/grants. Grant awards will be determined in December, and applicants will be notified with a funding decision in January 2022.

Individuals and groups may request any amount, but typical grants will fall in the range of $1,000 to $2,500. All projects or programs must begin or occur in the 2021-22 school year and be supported by the respective school district. Funding for programs or projects that have already occurred are not eligible as the Safe Schools Endeavor is not a source for reimbursement of expenses.

Contact Erika Flint, at eflint@fdrhpo.org, with application questions.

7/4/21 - South Lewis schools win state grant to improve school safety

TURIN — The South Lewis Central School district won a $168,739 grant from the New York State Education Department to help prevent school violence. South Lewis joins 83 school districts and non-profit organizations in New York to be awarded grant money through the program, which totals more than $24 million.

The grants will be distributed over a five-year period from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2026, and are to be used for Extended School Day and School Violence Prevention programs.

Queens lawmakers call on state Legislature to increase nonpublic school security funding

After a string of anti-Semitic attacks in the Jewish community, Assembly members Daniel Rosenthal and Stacey Pheffer Amato are calling upon the New York state Legislature to substantially increase security funding for nonpublic schools in the New York state budget.

Historically, the New York state Legislature allocated $15 million annually for the Nonpublic School Safety Equipment (NPSE) Grant, which translates into approximately $37 per child. In response to recent events, New Jersey increased its allocation to $150 per child for security, doubling its previous rate. Rosenthal and Pheffer Amato are proposing New York double its allocation to $30 million, to protect children against the dangers caused by rising anti-Semitism.

New York Establishes a New Source of Safety Funding

New York is attempting to establish a Guardians for Schools license plate through A. 6053 and S. 763 (pending), with revenues going into a Guardians for Schools Fund that would help pay for school resource officers and facility safety improvements in public schools, among other school security measures.

$90M in grants available to beef up security in wake of anti-Semitic attacks

CITY HALL -- Rep. Max Rose alongside the rest of the New York City’s congressional delegation urged Staten Island at-risk institutions like synagogues, churches and mosques to apply for part of a $90 million grant Thursday to help beef up security at their organizations following a frightening wave of anti-Semitic attacks across the region.

The funding will help at-risk institutions pay for things like additional security personnel and other security enhancements including barriers, gates, safety gear, and surveillance equipment.

The congressional delegation’s announcement of the $90 million grant comes as local leaders have increased security in Jewish neighborhoods and places of worship.

 

North Carolina

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools receive $300,000 NC school safety equipment grant

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) has been notified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that the district is the recipient of a $300,000 School Safety Equipment Grant! 

WS/FCS plans to use the money to replace and update AiPhone Intercom and entry systems at all elementary schools. The updated systems will include additional security cameras that have the ability to be integrated into the existing camera software. 

Grant to provide safety upgrades for every school in Guilford County

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- A $275,000 grant will provide safety upgrades for every school in Guilford County.

Robeson County aims to enhance school safety and mental health support with $700,000 grant

LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – Robeson County administrators say the district is on its way to becoming safer this school year thanks to a $700,000 grant approved by The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Center for Safer Schools.

Approval for Robeson County to participate in the NC School Safety Grant Program will help enhance building safety with new technology, training, and mental health support across 36 public schools in the district, according to officials.

From high school down to elementary school, students experience school threats at early grade levels across our nation. Robeson County school administrators have decided on four tactics they will allocate the grant funding towards to best benefit student’s safety and success:

  • School Resource Officers $166,665.00
  • School Safety Equipment $175,000
  • Students in Crisis Services $215,000
  • School Safety Training $141,129.00

Southside wins $1.4 million grant

ROWLAND — Southside-Ashpole Elementary School has won a $1.4 million, 3.5-year grant from the Department of Public Instruction to support school improvement.

The grant was competitive and is federal Title I funding through DPI’s Innovative Partnership Program. It was open to all school systems in the state, and 34 schools applied, with 10 earning grants in a blind judging.

Wilson County receives $174K for safe schools

Wilson County Schools has received $174,066 in Safe Schools grants in from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

Superintendent Lane Mills detailed the funding during Monday’s Wilson County Board of Education meeting.

Commissioners, Board of Education approve school projects fund

GOLDSBORO - A five-year plan to complete 40 school projects in Wayne County can begin if voters approve a quarter-cent sales and use tax referendum added to the March 3 primary election ballot.

In a joint meeting, the Wayne County Board of Education and Wayne County Board of Commissioners approved the construction, improvements and safety of the county’s 27 public schools that must be addressed in the coming years.

Wayne County’s current tax rate is 6.75% on every dollar. The quarter of a penny sales and use tax would generate about $2.6 million annually, according to the Wayne County Finance Department. Items exempt from the sales tax are gas, prescription medications and non-prepared foods or groceries.

The towns of Fremont and Mount Olive have passed resolutions in support of the tax increase.  Safety and security upgrades are scheduled for all 27 schools. The plan includes safety vestibules, keycard building access, surveillance, playground fencing and other aspects of school safety. The improvements will cost $1.418 million.

I-SS board accepts safety grant at associate superintendent's last meetingIredell-Statesville Schools

A nearly $169,000 state grant will add school resource officers and enhance communication devices for Iredell-Statesville Schools security staff on school campuses.

The I-SS Board of Education voted unanimously at its meeting Monday to accept the state safety grant.

Cleveland County vote funds public safety measures.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a one-eighth cent sales tax increase that will fund Cleveland County public safety measures including continued maintenance and operation of the F. Dewayne Beggs Detention Center.

More than 70% of voters cast their ballot in favor of the proposition. County Election Board results show 10,432 people cast "yes" votes compared to 4,061 who were opposed to the measure. Only 9% of eligible county voters cast ballots in the election.

Cleveland County Sheriff Todd Gibson was happy voters approved the new revenue source, which will provide a pathway to funding public safety for years to come.

"We are very excited for the future of public safety in Cleveland County," he said. "This is a great opportunity for the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office and we appreciate the support from the community. Cleveland County has always supported us, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue improving services to residents."

District 3 County Commissioner Harold Haralson also expressed his appreciation to the voters.

"We are very pleased with the election results tonight. We want to thank the citizens of Cleveland County for their support of our public safety officers and needs for our juveniles, EMS, and fire in Cleveland County," he said.

The sales tax will go into effect April l, 2020 and end in 20 years. The county currently has a quarter-cent sales tax dedicated to the jail, but that tax will end in March.

New funding may help school districts enhance security, prevent violence

With school shootings on the rise for the last 20 years, gun violence is a concern for many students, parents and school districts.

A nearly $1 million federal grant to the enhance aid for school security was announced this fall (2019) for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Center for Safer Schools. Officials hope to use the fund for better training, increased resources and promoting better policies at schools across the state.

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security reports 14 incidences of gun violence in North Carolina K-12 schools since 2010.

Many schools have responded by increasing security personnel and technology. Holden said Watauga County Schools have acquired two new nurses and one more school resource officer as well as installing safety doors in the school foyers in the past few years.


A sign at Butler High School in Matthews announces that it is a “safe place.” Following a shooting in October 2018, the school has added a number of security upgrades. Photo courtesy of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

With school shootings on the rise for the last 20 years, gun violence is a concern for many students, parents and school districts.

A nearly $1 million federal grant to the enhance aid for school security was announced this fall for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Center for Safer Schools. Officials hope to use the fund for better training, increased resources and promoting better policies at schools across the state.

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security reports 14 incidences of gun violence in North Carolina K-12 schools since 2010.

DPI also focuses on improving school safety through its Center for Safer Schools.

As part of the U.S. Justice Department’s STOP School Violence Program, the Center for Safer Schools has been awarded a three-year, nearly $1 million grant, which will focus on training, technical assistance, resources, policies and partnerships, according to a DPI statement announcing the funding.

The enter will collaborate with several data-driven, violence prevention and threat assessment organizations to help gauge how funds should be used at various schools.

The grant will allow the district to provide updates to building security, something other school districts have already been working on as well.

After an altercation between two students led to the fatal shooting of Bobby McKeithen by Jatwan Craig Cuffie in October 2018 at Butler High in Matthews, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools increased security measures, according to a school district statement.

Some of these new measures include a panic alert system, which staff members trigger to alert the central office of an emergency and warn others in the school. According to the Charlotte Observer, CMS began random screenings of school buildings using gun- and drug-sniffing dogs for weapons and contraband checks shortly after the October shooting.

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Schools get $700K for safety

LUMBERTON — The Public Schools of Robeson County has received about $700,000 in grant money to enhance safety at local schools.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Center for Safer Schools has approved the school district’s application for NC School Safety Grant Program money, according to Gordon Burnette, the PSRC’s Public Information officer. The program provides $166,665 for the remainder of the current academic year for more school resource officers.

The grant program also will provide $175,000 for school safety equipment, $215,000 for Students in Crisis Services and $141,129 for school safety training, according to the release from Burnette. As with the SRO money, this initial funding is for the remainder of the current school year. The grant is to provide full funding for the 2020-21 academic year.

Cabarrus County Schools receive $1.4 million safety grant

Cabarrus County Schools received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Center for Safer Schools.  The grant, which totals $1.4 million, was awarded through the 2019 N.C. School Safety Grant Program.  The grant funds will be used for: school resource officers (elementary), $733,326; school safety equipment, $168,065; student in crisis services, $225,000; and school safety training grants, $238,805.

North Dakota

VCPS BOARD ACCEPTS COPS SCHOOL SAFETY GRANT

NewsDakota.com) – The Valley City Public School District is one of 103 school districts across the nation to receive the COPS School Safety Grant.

Superintendent Josh Johnson said the grant awarded to the school district was more than $200-thousand dollars. He talked about what areas need safety improvements with reporter Steve Urness.

The Valley City School board unanimously approved the COPS School Safety Grant at their meeting on Wednesday, November 13th.

The COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program provides funding to improve security at school across the nation.

Ohio

9/3/21 - The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) Safety Funds Awarded

The awarded funds are part of the 2021 Campus Safety Grant Program funded as part of Senate Bill 310 of the 133rd General Assembly. The Ohio School Safety Center reviewed the campus safety grant applications in consultation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Ohio Controlling Board approved the release of the funds Monday. The Campus Safety Grant Program awards grants competitively to eligible state institutions of higher education to assist the institutions in improving the overall physical security and safety of their buildings on public campuses throughout Ohio.

The 2021 Campus Safety Grant Program will provide $5 million in grants to higher education schools, while the 2021 K-12 Safety Grant Program, administered by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, will award another $5 million to public K-12 schools.

Higher education institutions receiving funding include:

  • Belmont College, $50,000;
  • Bowling Green State University, $102,964;
  • Central Ohio Technical College, $135,000;
  • Central State University, $231,750;
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, $162,500;
  • Columbus State Community College, $160,000;
  • Hocking College, $104,000;
  • Kent State University, $210,400;
  • Lakeland Community College, $117,168;
  • Lorain County Community College, $155,350;
  • .Miami University, $120,095;
  • Northwest State Community College, $174,779;
  • Ohio State University, $369,900;
  • Ohio University, $168,770;
  • Owens Community College, $102,800;
  • Rhodes State College, $161,200;
  • Rio Grande Community College, $185,446;
  • Shawnee State University, $153,998;
  • Southern State Community College, $149,50;
  • Stark State College, $170,100;
  • Terra State Community College, $224,783;
  • University of Akron, $430,000;
  • University of Cincinnati, $430,000;
  • University of Toledo, $205,330;
  • Washington State Community College, $316,719;
  • Youngstown State University, $118,528;
  • Zane State College, $88,920.

7/12/21 - State to award $10M in school safety grants

MARTINS FERRY — Local school districts have the opportunity to get their share of $10 million in school safety grants to enhance security in their buildings.  According to information from Gov. Mike DeWine’s office, the money can be used at K-12 schools and colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning.  

The 2021 Campus Safety Grant Program will provide $5 million in grants to higher education schools, while the 2021 K-12 Safety Grant Program, administered by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, will award another $5 million to public K-12 schools.

Ohio schools and universities eligible to share in $10 million safety grant

6/17/21 - COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio School Safety Center will award a total of $10 million in grants to fund security enhancements at K-12 public schools and institutions of higher education in Ohio.

The 2021 Campus Safety Grant Program, which began accepting applications Wednesday, will award $5 million to qualifying public colleges and universities for improvements to physical security on their campuses.

“This funding will allow colleges and universities to further collaborate with their first responders and safety professionals to help make our campuses a safe place to learn, visit and reside,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.

The 2021 K-12 Safety Grant Program, administered by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will award an additional $5 million to qualifying public K-12 schools for similar school safety expenses.

“I encourage all eligible public K-12 schools to apply for a K-12 Safety Grant,” said OFCC Executive Director Cheryl J. Lyman “This grant is an opportunity to support schools as they provide environments that are safe and conducive to learning and achievement.”

Both grant programs were funded as part of Senate Bill 310 of the 133rd General Assembly.

To qualify for grant funding, schools must first conduct a security and vulnerability assessment to identify potential areas for improvement. Funding would then be awarded to mitigate the identified safety gaps. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to improved lighting in parking lots, security cameras at building entrances, and secure doors.

Public colleges and universities applying for a 2021 Campus Safety Grant can submit an electronic application from now through July 16, and awards will be announced in August. OFCC will share the application and additional information with public K-12 school buildings in mid-to-late summer. Awardees for the K-12 grants are anticipated to be announced in early 2022.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding to conduct research and evaluation to enhance knowledge to improve the safety of schools and students. With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for rigorous research and evaluation projects to study the root causes of school violence to include the impact and effectiveness of grants made under the STOP School Violence Act. NIJ is particularly interested in examining understudied approaches to improve school safety. Of most interest are anti-violence interventions and threat assessment.

Grants.gov deadline is February 22, JustGrants deadline is March 8, 2021.

Who is eligible?

In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with eligible entities as listed below:

  • States (including territories);
  • Units of local government;
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior);
  • Nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations); and
  • Institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

What will applicants receive?

The anticipated total amount to be awarded under this solicitation has been raised from $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. While the anticipated number of awards listed on page 9 has been raised from 2 to 3, NIJ expects to make 1-3 awards under this solicitation.

Who do I contact with questions?

The full solicitation can be found on their website located here.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726 or 1-606-545-5035 (international), at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation School Safety and Security Grants (Temporarily Closed)

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) developed the School Safety and Security Grant Program to assist administrators of Ohio’s educational facilities with ensuring the safety of their staff and students when carryin out the instructional services they provide to children. The program is available to eligible Ohio employers that wish to purchase equipment that will substantially improve the safety and security of licensed educational facilities and reduce the potential for injuries. This grant opportunity is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is eligible?

The School Safety and Security Grant Program is available to Ohio employers that operate licensed preschool through grade 12 educational facilities, have had a BWC policy for at least two years and have remained in good standing with the BWC.

What will schools receive?

Eligible employers may receive up to $40,000 from the School Safety and Security Grant Program. It is a three-to-one matching program, which means BWC will pay $3 to every $1 the school spends toward the eligible equipment.

What can schools do with the money?

Schools may apply for:

  • Safety interventions such as flooring/floor coatings for reducing slip hazards; lightweight lunch tables that reduce lifting and handling hazards; motorized bleacher systems to reduce manual pushing and pulling forces; safe food fryers; food cutting/slicing equipment; and floor cleaning machines.
  • Incident response equipment such as equipment bags/backpacks stocked with trauma first-aid supplies; two-way communication devices and software designed to directly interface with emergency responder radio systems; and school wide panic alarm/panic button systems.
  • Building/grounds/transportation security enhancements such as interior and exterior security doors and mechanisms (for example, panic bars or other fire code compliant door-locking mechanisms, bulletproof glass, bullet resistant coating materials for existing glass); protective vehicle crash barriers at entrances; modifications of building/facility entrances to restrict access; secured keycard systems; metal detectors (fixed or portable); security cameras; and emergency (police dispatch) call poles.

When can schools receive funds?

Please note that the deadline for employers to submit School Safety and Security Grant Program applications for fiscal year 2020 was March 31, 2020. Details for future applications and deadlines will be announced at a later date.

Who do I contact with questions?

Interested employers can visit the School Safety and Security Grant webpage to learn more about the program and to download a fillable PDF version of the application. Questions or inquiries can be submitted via the BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene’s Safety Intervention Grant email box.

Ohio Attorney General’s Office School Safety Training Grants

Ohio’s schools had the opportunity to apply for their share of $10 million in school safety grants for the 2019-2020 school year. Funding for the grants comes from money Ohio legislators set aside for school safety in House Bill 166, the main operating budget. The law gave school leaders flexibility to decide how the grant funds can benefit school safety and security efforts. This grant opportunity is currently closed. Check back for updates as new funding opportunities are released.

Who is eligible?

Public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever is greater.

What can schools do with the money?

Funding can be used for school safety and security efforts including, but not limited to:

  1. The support of school resource officer certification training;
  2. Any type of active shooter and school safety training;
  3. All grade-level type educational resources;
  4. Training to identify and assist students with mental health issues;
  5. Any other training related to school safety.

When can schools receive funds?

The Attorney General’s Office notified superintendents about eligibility and provided instructions for accessing the funds. All applications were due by Dec. 13, 2019.

Who do I call if I have questions?

Ohio’s schools have the opportunity to apply for their share of $10 million in school safety grants for the 2020-2021 school year. Funding for the grants comes from money Ohio legislators set aside for school safety in House Bill 166, the main operating budget. The law gave school leaders flexibility to decide how the grant funds can benefit school safety and security efforts. 

Who is eligible?

Public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $5.15 per student, whichever is greater.

What can schools do with the money?

Funding can be used for school safety and security efforts including, but not limited to:

  1. The support of school resource officer certification training;
  2. Any type of active shooter and school safety training or equipment;
  3. All grade level type educational resources;
  4. Training to identify and assist students with mental health issues;
  5. School supplies or equipment related to school safety or for implementing the school’s safety plan;
  6. Any other training related to school safety.

When can schools receive funds?

The Attorney General’s Office notified superintendents about eligibility and provided instructions for accessing the funds. All applications are due by January 29, 2021.

Who do I call if I have questions?

Please contact the Attorney General’s office at (614) 466-6963 or email SchoolSafetyGrants@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

Columbus Valley schools can apply for safety grants

Schools can apply for a share of $10 million in school safety grants awarded by Attorney General Dave Yost’s office for the 2019-20 school year.

All public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever amount is greater.

Funding for the grants comes from funds legislators set aside in House Bill 166. The law gives school leaders flexibility to decide how the grant funds can best benefit school safety and security efforts. These efforts may include:

  • School resource officer certification training.
  • Any type of active shooter and school safety training or equipment.
  • All grades educational resources
  • Training to identify and assist students with mental health issues.
  • School supplies or equipment related to school safety or for implementing a school’s safety plan.
  • Any other training related to school safety.

Applications are due by Dec. 13.

Schools can now apply for share of $10M in safety grants

Ohio schools can now apply for their share of $10 million in school safety grants for the 2019-20 school year.

Public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever amount is greater.

Funding for the grants comes from dollars that legislators set aside for school safety in House Bill 166. The law gives school leaders flexibility to decide how the funds can best benefit school safety and security efforts.

Ashtabula school officials applying for safety grants.

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Ashtabula Area City Schools are stepping up school safety training, thanks to grants funded through the Attorney General’s office.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is awarding $10 million in school safety grants for the 2019-20 school year.

All public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever amount is greater, according to a news release. Applications are due by Dec. 13.

“Our kids learn and grow best in an environment free from fear and violence,” Yost said in a prepared statement. “These grants will help bring that goal closer to reality.”

Last year, Ashtabula Area City Schools received a one-year, $19,520 state grant, which the district is using for safety and security efforts, such as active shooter training and training for school resource officers, Superintendent Mark Potts said.

At Wednesday night’s special Board of Education meeting, the board approved an application for $15,300 to continue the effort.

“The proceeds of the Ohio Safety grant will be utilized for security and safety equipment upgrades such as door control access, increased surveillance equipment and ongoing safety training for staff and students,” AACS treasurer Mark Astorino said.

 

Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA ARP FUNDING

Voters in Edmond recently passed a $63.7 million bond package for school upgrades and improvements. Approximately $750,000 was allocated for projects to upgrade school security. Anticipated purchases include electronic security devices, door locks, photo ID badges, card reader systems, and video surveillance cameras. Other funding from the bond package is allocated for the construction of a storm shelter.

Moore Public Schools, also in Oklahoma, recently passed a bond election that will provide $338.7 million for school upgrades. Student safety at three campuses will receive a large part of the funding, but the district also plans to make major technology investments related to cybersecurity.

 

Oklahoma allocating $3 million for the technology. 

Technology can include panic alarms.  The alerts, like modern variations of bank-teller alarm buttons, silently transmit information to 911 dispatchers and police, such as the precise location of the caller, school floor plans and live video feeds from cameras on campus. Users can trigger them by a radio, pendant or smartphone app, and most schools limit access to teachers and other staff.

Oregon

McKenzie School District Bond Measure

The McKenzie School District is anticipating that voters will approve a $15.2 million bond election on May 18. Projects outlined in the bond package include improvements to security systems. Specifically noted in the measure are needs for new access control gates, security cameras, alarm systems, and a secure entry.

Pennsylvania

Gov. Wolf: 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program Now Open

1/4/21 - Governor Tom Wolf announced today the availability of $5 million in funding for security enhancement projects for nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities throughout the commonwealth.

“These grants expand the school safety and security grants introduced in 2019,” Gov. Wolf said. “And will continue to help our many nonprofits address security needs and any safety concerns that exist for religious, social and other nonprofit organizations across the commonwealth.”

Applicants can find the application and information about the Program on PCCD’s website at http://www.pccd.pa.gov.  Grant awards can range from $5,000 to $150,000 for a wide variety of eligible items, including:

  • Safety and security planning and training;
  • Purchase of safety and security equipment and technology;
  • Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security; and
  • Vulnerability and threat assessments.

The application period will be open for a 30-day window from Monday, January 4 to Wednesday, February 3.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by a PCCD-established workgroup comprised of representatives of PCCD, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, with awards being considered at the March 10 PCCD meeting.

Questions regarding the Program and the application process should be forwarded to: RA-CD-NPSEC-GRANT@pa.gov.

Berks County schools awarded $178,618 in safety grants

The state has awarded Berks County schools $178,618 to improve safety in their classrooms.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that dozens of schools across the commonwealth will receive more than $9 million in competitive Safe Schools Targeted Grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents through the state Department of Education's Office for Safe Schools.

The money the schools receive will go toward buying security-related equipment, launching safety program or providing for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

The schools that received grants in Berks include:

  • Antietam School District: $25,000 for equipment and $20,000 for program funding.
  • Brandywine Heights Area School District: $20,131 for equipment and $20,000 for program funding.
  • Muhlenberg School District: $25,000 for equipment and $20,000 for program funding.
  • La Salle Academy: $25,000 for equipment.
  • St. Ignatius School: $23,487 for equipment.

Petrarca announces $115K in school safety grants

HARRISBURG — Approximately $115,432 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants have been awarded to several schools in Westmoreland, Armstrong and Indiana counties, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced.

Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the grants, which are awarded by the state Department of Education, are awarded to schools to help prevent and reduce violence incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

Grants were awarded to the following schools:

Westmoreland County – equipment grants
Champion Christian School: $21,464;
Christ the Divine Teacher: $9,780;
Mary Queen of Apostles: $18,694.

New Castle, Holy Spirit Academy receive safety grants

One local school district and one private academy are the Lawrence County recipients of safety grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The competitive 2020-21 Safe Schools Targeted Grants total more than $9 million that will be distributed to more than 150 school district statewide.

The funds are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

The New Castle Area School District received a school resource officer grant of $60,000, the maximum grant given in the program. It additionally received a $20,000 program grant.

The Holy Spirit Academy, a nonpublic school, received a $25,000 equipment grant.

Pleasant Valley, MCTI get grants for safety, career-enhancing opportunities

The Pleasant Valley School District received two safety and security grants, Rep. Jack Rader (R-176) announced.

The district received a $40,000 grant that will go toward training and compensating a school police officer, and another grant for $24,999 to purchase security-related equipment. That can include identification systems, metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, special emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, deadbolts and theft control devices and training in the use of the security-related technology.

Bucks, Eastern Montco schools get state safety grants

Several school districts and schools in Bucks and Eastern Montgomery counties will be able to bolster their security systems thanks to safety grants recently handed out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Grants went to both public and private schools in four different categories, equipment, programs, or to help pay for school police officers or school resource officers.

Receiving equipment grants were the North Penn ($23,500), Souderton Area ($9,087), Upper Moreland ($16,596) and Abington ($6,375) school districts, plus the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology in Willow Grove ($25,000), Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley ($24,465) and Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster ($19,604).

Also receiving equipment grants were the Plumstead Christian Academy Upper/Middle School ($11,942) and Lower School ($462), St. Andrew Catholic School in Newtown Township ($23,748), St. Joseph/St. Robert in Warrington ($5,940), Lansdale Catholic High School ($23,794) and Upper Bucks Christian School in Sellersville ($11,813).

Abington also received a $19,625 program grant.

State lawmakers whose districts include several of the schools and school districts said other aspects of school safety can't be ignored even though the coronavirus pandemic is dominating the news.

Ringgold, Washington awarded safe school grants

Ringgold and Washington school districts are among the Pennsylvania schools that will receive a portion of the more than $9 million in competitive grants awarded by the state Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted Grants program.

Grants are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

Ringgold received a $25,000 equipment grant, while Washington School District was awarded a $24,990 grant.

Ringgold School District was also awarded a $20,000 program grant intended to support programs that promote an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning and enhance anti-violence efforts involving schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

Ringgold and Washington school districts each received $40,000 as part of the Safe Schools School Police Officer Grant Program, and Ringgold received a $60,000 grant for the School Resource Officer Grant Program, which provide financial assistance for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers over a two-year period.

State lawmakers announce safety grants for Schuylkill County schools

HARRISBURG — Grants were awarded to boost safety for school districts in Schuylkill County, according to state lawmakers representing the area.

The Schuylkill Technology Centers will receive a $9,914 equipment grant and a $4,707.45 program grant.

The Williams Valley School District will receive a $24,000 equipment grant, a $20,000 program grant and a $40,000 school police/resource officer grant.

The Tri-Valley School District will receive an $8,800 program grant, and the Schuylkill Haven School District will receive a $23,140 equipment grant.

The Schuylkill Haven Area School District received $23,140 for new safety equipment.

The St. Clair Area School District received $25,000 for new safety equipment.

The North Schuylkill School District received $24,911 for new safety equipment.

The Tamaqua Area School District received a total of $65,000 for safety equipment and training and compensation for a school police officer.

Marian Catholic received $25,000 for the purchasing of new safety equipment.

Williams: $257.4K in School Safety Grants for Schools in 74th District, Chester County

HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Dan Williams announced that $257,419.51 in Safe Schools grants were awarded to area schools that students from his district attend to purchase safety and security-related equipment.

The following schools received funding for equipment:

Villa Maria Academy High School – $16,784
Church Farm School – $23,716
Bishop Shanahan High School – $20,430
Assumption B.V.M. – $16,318.39
Pope John Paul II – $20,937
SS Peter and Paul – $24,937
St. Norbert – $22,093
Upland Country Day School – $24,923.12
Windsor Christian Academy – $19,693
Woodlynde School – $17,588
Downingtown School District – $25,000
Coatesville Area School District – $25,000

Local schools share over $100K in safety grants

Three Bedford County school districts or schools will receive more than $103,000 in Safe Schools Target Grants, local lawmakers said Monday.

State Sen. Wayne Langerholc and state Reps. Jesse Topper and Carl Walker Metzgar, in a joint news release, said Chestnut Ridge School District, Bedford County Technical Center and HOPE for Hyndman Charter School will split $103,581 in the grants through the state Department of Education.

Grants are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

Chestnut Ridge is slated to receive $64,999; HOPE will receive $23,841; and Bedford County Technical Center will get $14,741.

Luzerne County schools awarded $492K in state safety grants

Six Luzerne County School Districts, the Luzerne Intermediate Unit and eight non-public schools combined to nab $492,329 in state school safety grants announced Monday.

According to a media release, the money can be spent to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

The State Department of Education Office for Safe Schools offers four types of competitive grants: Equipment grants of up to $25,000, program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer grants of up to $60,000.

The two main goals of the grants are to reduce student disciplinary action while increasing productivity and learning, and enhancing anti-violence efforts between schools, parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

Four school districts got equipment grants: $24,948 to Greater Nanticoke Area, $20,482 to Hanover Area, $24,780 to Wyoming Valley West, and $25,000 to Crestwood.

The Luzerne Intermediate Unit got an equipment grant of $24,493. The IU provides a variety of services to public and non-public schools in Luzerne County and part of Wyoming County.

Individual non-public schools also got equipment grants: Good Shepherd, Holy Family, Holy Redeemer, St. Jude, St. Nicholas/St. Mary and Wyoming Area Catholic each got grants of $24,885; Immanuel Christian received $17,388; Holy Rosary got $24,385.

Two districts received school police officer grants: $39,992 for Greater Nanticoke Area and $35,600 for Northwest Area.

And two districts got grants for school resource officers: $45,951 for Hanover Area and $60,000 for Lake-Lehman.

FIVE INDIANA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO RECEIVE SCHOOL SAFETY GRANT MONEY

State Representative Jim Struzzi announced on Monday that five Indiana County School Districts were awarded a combined $171,834 in Safe Schools Target Grants.

The money, administered by the PA Department of Education, is awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. More than $9 million will be awarded to schools across the state this year.

In the 62nd legislative district, the districts that received funds included:

  • Homer-Center, who received $64,994
  • Purchase Line, who received $48,455
  • Indiana, who received $42,996
  • United, who received $38,840
  • Penns Manor, who received $25,000.

This program is different from the School Safety and Security Grant program, as that grant program is administered by the PA Commission on Crime and delinquency.

Bradford County schools receive safety funding

BRADFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WETM) – School districts in Bradford County have been awarded Safe Schools Targeted Grants to improve safety and security measures, according to Rep. Tina Pickett.

“This funding helps to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff through equipment purchases and the hiring of security officers,” said Pickett. “I am pleased these local schools are taking advantage of the grant program in order to create a more secure learning environment.”

The following school districts/schools in the 110th Legislative District were awarded funding:

Epiphany School – $24,498 equipment grant.
Sayre Area School District – $60,000 school resource officer grant.
St. Agnes School – $24,498 equipment grant.
Towanda Area School District – $14,353 safety grant.
Wyalusing Area School District – $24,999.84 equipment grant and $19,999.80 safety grant.

Equipment grants can be used to purchase security-related equipment including identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology.

MASD gets $500,000 safety, security grant to be used at MAMS, Reid Elementary School

May 5, 2020 -  Middletown Area School District recently received nearly $500,000 in safety and security grants.

At the end of February, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced that its school safety and security committee had approved about $53.7 million in school safety and security grants.

Local districts receiving funds include $490,000 to the Middletown Area School District, $40,000 to Lower Dauphin School District, and $35,000 to Steelton-Highspire School District.

The school board voted to develop bid documents and advertise bids at its April 21 meeting for projects, which will take place at Reid Elementary School and Middletown Area Middle School.

“Since the project involves security, there is limited information that can be shared publicly,” MASD Superintendent Lori Suski told the Press & Journal in an email.

She said the district is working with its architects to update the specifications of the safety and security projects.

The project would then be advertised for bid unless the district uses competitive purchasing, Suski said.

“Our intent is to take advantage of the extra time without students in the buildings to begin this work as soon as possible so that it would be completed before students are scheduled to return at the end of August,” Suski said.

DOJ: $83M in grants available to support school safety, reduce violence

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady announced Tuesday that more than $83 million in Department of Justice grants are now available to help prevent and reduce school violence.

According to a release, the funding is available to school districts, state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, nonprofits and public- and state-controlled higher education institutions. The grants will provide students and teachers with the necessary tools to recognize, quickly respond to and help prevent violent acts, the release states.

“Keeping students safe while at school is the first priority of every local government and school district,” Brady said in the release. “These funds provide the opportunity to increase and enhance school safety across western Pennsylvania. I encourage cities and school districts to take advantage of the critical support these grant funds provide.”

According to the DOJ, the funding is available through the Office of Justice Programs. The programs support various activities and services, including those designed to tighten school security and improve the reporting of threats.

“School violence is no longer an abstract threat but has become a tragic reality in too many of America’s communities. Moving to meet this challenge is among the Administration’s top domestic priorities,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs. “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight to meet this challenge. OJP is making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”

The grants are available now and include:

For more information regarding all OJP funding opportunities, click here.

County school districts receive state funding for security, safety improvements

The five Greene County school districts were recently informed that each will receive a portion of $155,000 in state funding that will be used to promote and support a variety of school safety and security efforts.

The announcement was made by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, who said Carmichaels Area, Central Greene, Jefferson-Morgan, Southeastern Greene and West Greene school districts will receive the school safety and security grants.

The grants, Snyder said, are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018, and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments.

All of the school districts will receive $30,000, except for Central Greene, which will receive $35,000. 

$2 million in school safety grants headed to Lehigh Valley: Find out which districts are receiving money for security improvements

The state awarded $53.7 million in grants for school safety improvements across the commonwealth on Wednesday, with more than $2 million headed to Lehigh Valley schools.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, created as part of a school safety law in 2018, is tasked with dolling out the grants.

According to the list of grant winners released Wednesday by the state, school districts in Lehigh and Northampton counties nabbed $2,083,928.

Northampton Area School District has been awarded the most of all Lehigh Valley districts with $450,928. The district plans to fund four counseling positions with the money as well as purchase security equipment and pay for additional training for staff.

School districts in Lehigh County that won grants:

  • Allentown: $45,000
  • Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21: $307,321
  • Catasauqua Area: $35,000
  • East Penn: $45,000
  • Northern Lehigh: $365,679
  • Northwestern Lehigh: $40,000
  • Parkland: $45,000
  • Salisbury: $35,000
  • Southern Lehigh: $40,000
  • Whitehall-Coplay: $45,000

Northampton County grant winners:

  • Bangor Area: $40,000
  • Bethlehem Area: $385,000
  • Easton Area: $45,000
  • Nazareth Area: $45,000
  • Northampton Area: $450,928
  • Pen Argyl Area: $35,000
  • Saucon Valley: $40,000
  • Wilson Area: $40,000

Pa. school safety grants awarded to Berks districts

A total of $53.7 million in grants were awarded Wednesday by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018.

In the Berks County the following districts and the amounts: Antietam, $30,000; Boyertown, $495,000; Brandywine Heights, $35,000; Conrad Weiser, $40,000, Daniel Boone, $40,000; Exeter, $45,000; Fleetwood, $40,000; Gov. Mifflin, $45,000; Hamburg, $223,171; Kutztown, $35,000; Muhlenberg, $40,000; Oley Valley, $35,000; Reading, $45,000; Schuylkill Valley, $35,000; Tulpehocken, $187,554; Twin Valley, $40,000; Wilson, $45,000.

Two local universities will receive a state grant for security improvements

Safety of students, faculty, and staff on college campuses is important. The state recognizes that, which is why two local campuses will receive a $30,000 state grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The purpose of the grant is to improve security measures, and to provide resources to educate campus communities on reporting crimes and sexual assault.

Northern Lehigh to use $365K in grants for security upgrades, equipment

Northern Lehigh School District is set to receive $365,679 it will use toward security upgrades, equipment, planning, training and staff.

The office of Rep. Zach Mako, R-Lehigh/Northampton, announced on Wednesday that the committee has awarded more than $860,000 in school safety and security grants to school districts in the 183rd Legislative District.

Northern Lehigh Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tania Stoker said the grant will enable the district to make “significant safety and security improvements, as well as implement and augment mental health program offerings.”

Safety grants announced for local school districts

School districts will benefit from a new round of state grant funding announced this week by area legislators.  

Souderton Area School District received one of the area's largest grants, getting $460,437, according to a release from state Rep. Steve Malagari, D-53rd.

The North Montco Technical Career Center received a $150,000 grant award and the North Penn School District received $45,000, as did other districts in Montgomery County. The money comes from the state's School Safety and Security grant program.

The grant award comes as part of a total of $60 million in safety grants for the commonwealth approved this week by the state's School Safety and Security Committee established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Other Montgomery County districts and schools that received grant funding include:

  • Abington School District: $455,550
  • Agora Cyber Charter School: $143,226
  • Cheltenham Township School District: $45,000
  • Colonial School District: $45,000
  • Hatboro-Horsham School District: $45,000
  • Jenkintown School District: $30,000
  • Lower Merion School District: $45,000
  • Lower Moreland Township School District: $40,000
  • Methacton School District: $221,370
  • Norristown Area School District: $467,756
  • Perkiomen Valley School District: $45,000
  • Pottsgrove School District: $40,000
  • Pottstown School District: $490,000
  • Springfield Township School District: $40,000
  • Spring-Ford Area School District: $45,000
  • Upper Dublin School District: $45,000
  • Upper Merion Area School District: $45,000
  • Upper Moreland School District: $40,000
  • Upper Perkiomen School District: $40,000
  • Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center: $72,994
  • Wissahickon School District: $45,000

10 Valley schools split $1.5 million in safety grants

Ten school districts in the Valley received a combined $1,549,959 in state grant funding to bolster security at public schools.

Mifflinburg received $485,000, the largest award granted to a local district. According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the district is to invest in safety planning, security equipment purchases and training and compensation for its in-house police department.

Milton received $423,238 to be spread across multiple initiatives. Lewisburg received $371,721 for emergency preparedness, planning and security equipment purchases.

Danville, Shamokin, Shikellamy, Midd-West and Selinsgrove all received $40,000 each. Warrior Run and Mount Carmel received $35,000 apiece.

The state awarded approximately $53.7 million for 524 schools across the state.

School Districts Receive State Safety Funding Bristol Borough

The Bristol Borough School District will get $77,665, the Bristol Township School District will receive $45,000, the Neshaminny School District is due $45,000, and the Pennsbury School District will get $45,000 for a variety of items based on the needs of the schools, including equipment, trainings, programs, counseling services, planning, screenings, and to secure behavioral health care professionals and support.

The Central Bucks School District, Council Rock School District, Morrisville Borough School District, New Hope Solebury School District, Palisades School District, and Pennridge School District also are receiving funding.

Phoenixville Gets $495K In Grants For School Safety

PHOENIXVILLE, PA — Great news for the Phoenixville Area School District: they have received a major grant from the state to support safety in all their schools.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced this week that Phoenixville would receive $495,000 in safety funding. It's more than any other school district in Chester County received.

The grants will be used to purchase new security technology, support behavioral health training, prepare emergency plans, as well as hire hire school resource officers, psychologists, social workers, and more.

Eight county schools receive safety grants

Eight Lycoming County schools were awarded school safety grants totaling $796,275, according to an announcement by area legislators.  

School districts receiving the grants and the amounts they received are: East Lycoming, $35,000; Jersey Shore Area, $40,000; Loyalsock Township, $35,000; Montgomery Area, $320,821; Montoursville Area, $35,000; Muncy, $30,000; South Williamsport Area, $255,454; and Williamsport Area, $45,000.

In addition, two districts in Tioga County were awarded grants — Northern Tioga, received $326,718 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology, and Wellsboro Area, $35,000 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology, and pursuing trauma-informed approaches to education.

MCSD gets safety grant

LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County School District has been awarded $495,000 in school safety and security grants.

According to a press release provided by the office of Kerry Benninghoff, R-171, this funding is made available to every school district in Pennsylvania. Money is to be used toward security measures deemed most critical by the receiving district. Other districts in Benninghoff’s legislative district received $35,000 to $45,000.

Safety, security grant amounts

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grants to local school districts are awarded for use in many safety and security areas throughout school buildings.

Those areas include performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education.

Meritorious grants were awarded to each school district that applied. The grant amount is based on the district’s average daily attendance. Additional grant funding was awarded on a competitive basis.

Many districts are opting to use the funds for the purchase of security-related technology and/or the training of school resource officers and school police officers, among other uses.

York County districts receive more than $1M in school safety grants

All 16 of York County's school districts were awarded state safety grant money, totaling about $1.2 million.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency released a complete list of approved applicants in late February. Grants were approved by the School Safety and Security Committee, established under the PCCD through Act 44 of 2018.

Statewide, $53.7 million in school safety and security grants was awarded to 524 educational entities, and $7.5 million in community violence prevention/reduction grants was awarded to 30 organizations, according to a news release.

Oberlander announces safety, security grants for local schools

HARRISBURG – The Redbank Valley School District was awarded nearly a quarter of a million dollars to bolster school security last week.

Redbank is among nine local school districts that will each receive at least $30,000 to assist with security- and safety-related expenses at their facilities, according to state Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion).

Fox Chapel Area School District receives $45,000 grant for safety and technology

Fox Chapel Area is among several regional school districts to receive state money to boost safety and technology.

The district was awarded $45,000 from the state’s School Safety and Security Committee, about the same amount as North Allegheny, Pine-Richland, Hampton and Shaler Area.

 

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Debate Governors Proposal to Severely Cut School Safety Grant Program

Pennsylvania lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are arguing that the state must allocate more money for school safety efforts amid tense negotiations over the state’s budget.

 

Area schools receive grants for safety and security enhancements

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced on Wednesday grant funding to enhance safety and security in area schools.

The commission’s School Safety and Security Committee awarded at least $30,000 to each school district in the Herald-Standard coverage area as part of a statewide allocation of more than $53 million in safety grant funding.

Belle Vernon Area School District is set to receive $487,648 in funding through the grant program for safety enhancements.

Highlands to buy metal detectors, cameras, fencing with state safety grant

Highlands School District will enhance and improve its security and safety measures using a nearly half-million-dollar state grant, a district spokeswoman said.  The district received about $484,000 from the School Safety and Security Committee within the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  Highlands was one of 524 school entities that were awarded a total of $53.7 million in grants.

“The district is ecstatic to have received this amount of money that will be used to significantly enhance the safety and security for our students and staff,” Highlands Superintendent Monique Mawhinney said. “Keeping our students and staff safe is our number one priority, so the upgrades to our current systems will help us achieve that goal.”

C-L and Forest Area school districts safety, among schools receiving security grants for local schools

HARRISBURG — Nine local school districts will each receive at least $30,000 to assist with security- and safety-related expenses at their facilities.

The grants were announced Wednesday by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The grant program was created by law in 2018.

McClinton, Donatucci announce $540,000 grant program for safety in Delaware County schools

HARRISBURG – State Reps. Joanna McClinton and Maria Donatucci, both D-Delaware and Philadelphia counties, announced last Wednesday that $540,000 in school safety grants are being provided for Southeast Delco and William Penn school districts.

The William Penn School District received $495,000 in state funds to help strengthen security measures, including classroom management, emergency preparedness procedures and violence prevention.

Glendale receives over $293K from School Safety and Security Grant

FLINTON — Glendale School District was recently informed by the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the district is a recipient of a School Safety and Security Grant part of the $53.7 million in school safety and $7.5 million in community violence prevention and reduction grants awarded.

Superintendent Edward DiSabato said he is proud to announce the district was selected to receive School Safety and Security Grant funding in the amount of $293,309 from the PCCD.

The funding will be used to provide financial support needed to employ a school resource officer, enhance ongoing social work services and make numerous security upgrades to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

In Bucks County, grants received - total of just over $1 million in state school security grants.

Thirteen school districts from Bucks County and four from Eastern Montgomery County were recently among the recipients of school safety grants from the state.

In all, 524 school entities across the state received $53.7 million in grants that can be used for hiring school security officers to implement violence prevention curricula through funds distributed by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Awardees included school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private rehabilitative institutions, officials said.

In Bucks, just over $1 million was distributed to the following districts:

Bensalem: $45,000 for conflict resolution or dispute management; positive behavior support; violence prevention program development; security planning and security-related technology purchases; staff training programs for positive behavior; and trauma-informed approaches to education.

Bristol Borough: $77,665 for positive behavior support; school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards planning; security planning and security-related technology purchases; specialized staff and student training programs; and funding for school resource and police officer training.

Bristol Township: $45,000 for school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards planning.

Centennial: $45,000 for risk assessment, safety-related, violence prevention curriculum; training on risk assessment factors; staff training programs for positive behavior; funding for guidance counselor training; administration of evidence-based screenings for adverse childhood experiences; and trauma-informed approaches to education.

Central Bucks: $45,000 for safety and security assessments; positive behavior support; and funding for school resource and police officer training.

Council Rock: $465,750 for funding for guidance counselor training.

Morrisville: $30,000 for safety and security assessments; risk assessment, safety-related, violence prevention curriculum; security planning and security-related technology purchases; and funding for school resource and police officer training.

Neshaminy: $45,000 for safety and security assessments; risk assessment, safety-related, violence prevention curriculum; school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards planning; and security planning and security-related technology purchases.

New Hope-Solebury: $35,000 for security planning and security-related technology purchases.

Palisades: $35,000 for positive behavior support; peer helper programs; specialized staff and student training programs; counseling services for students; staff training programs for positive behavior; and trauma-informed approaches to education.

Pennridge: $45,000 for emergency preparedness and all-hazards planning; and security planning and security-related technology purchases.

Quakertown: $45,000 for school-based diversion programs; classroom management; student discipline management; and 12 other programs.

Montgomery County’s 24 districts received $3.14 million with four Eastern Montgomery districts getting just over $1 million, including:

Hatboro-Horsham: $45,000 for security planning and security-related technology purchases.

North Penn: $45,000 for conflict resolution or dispute management; positive behavior support; security planning and security-related technology purchases; and funding for school resource and police officer training.

Souderton: $460,437 for security planning and security-related technology purchases; funding for guidance counselor training; and trauma-informed approaches to education.

Kiski Area, Burrell school districts collectively awarded $83,500 for school security

The Kiski Area School District and the Burrell School District collectively were awarded $83,500 in state Department of Education Safe School Target Grants.

The districts are among others throughout the state receiving a total of $7.2 million in competitive 2019-2020 Safe Schools grants. The money, awarded through the education department’s Office for Safe Schools, is intended to to prevent and reduce acts of violence by offsetting costs of school resource or police officers, equipment or programs related to school safety.

Allegheny Township was awarded $60,000 to pay for a school resource officer in the Kiski Area School District.

The Department of Education awarded Burrell School District about $23,500 for security-related equipment. The grants are typically used for security planning and buying security equipment such as metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, deadbolts and theft control devices and security technology equipment.

State lawmakers established the competitive grant program in the wake of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The mass shooting caused Pennsylvania schools to compete for grants to pay for school safety programs.

PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; school police officer grants of up to $40,000, and school resource officer grants of up to $60,000.

Cambria and Somerset counties, Local schools awarded safety grants.

Eight public and non-public schools in Cambria and Somerset counties were awarded a total of $260,939 in school safety grants Oct. 17 from the state Department of Education’s 2019-2020 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program.

Schools can apply for equipment, program, school police officer and school resource officer grants to purchase safety and security-related equipment, prevent and reduce violent incidents, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. The funds are to help schools reduce unnecessary student disciplinary actions, promote an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning, and enhance anti-violence efforts among schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

Equipment grants, Cambria County: Ferndale Area High School, $24,800; Westmont Hilltop, $24,610; Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, $24,000; Bishop McCort Catholic High School, $22,753; and All Saints Catholic School in Cresson, $20,000.

Equipment grants, Somerset County: Conemaugh Township Area High School, $25,000; Windber Area High School, $22,558; and Johnstown Christian School, $17,970. All Saints Catholic School also received a $20,000 grant and Windber high school received a $59,248 school resource officer grant.

Security grants for faith-based institutions, nonprofits signed into law.

HARRISBURG – Governor Wolf has signed into law bipartisan legislation to provide security grants to faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations, according to Senator David G. Argall, who sponsored similar legislation earlier this year.

House Bill 859 would make grants available to faith-based institutions and nonprofits that serve individuals, groups, or institutions listed by the FBI as at risk for hate crime incidents. “Schools and other community institutions should be a safe place for every child and resident,” said Wolf. “I thank the bipartisan efforts that helped ensure safety and security funding was available for these nonprofit, community institutions where people gather and should have peace of mind.”

The program is similar to the School Safety Security Grant Program, which helps schools meet a variety of security needs. Argall introduced legislation this year to expand the program to nonpublic schools, after chairing ten statewide public hearings on the subject of school safety in 2018.

“We have made a lot of progress toward protecting our schools and providing a safer environment for young people, especially in the past two years,” Argall said. “This bill allows us to apply the same approach – and the same protections – to residents of our communities who suffer from the greatest risks of violence.”

Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $150,000. Faith-based institutions and nonprofits could utilize the grant dollars for a variety of security planning, equipment, and technology needs, including metal detectors, surveillance cameras, emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, threat assessments, and building upgrades.

Safety measures for Upper Darby schools get update

UPPER DARBY — School safety was the dominate talking point for the Upper Darby School Board’s finance and operations committee Tuesday night as it updates district policies and security systems.

District Supervisor of Procurement Services Joe McGilvery updated the board and public about a $2.2 million school safety grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency that will be used for interior and exterior building surveillance cameras, access control to the secondary school buildings and a restorative safety practices program called Safer Saner.

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South Carolina

SC U.S. Attorney's Office announces over $83 million available to support school safety

Over $83 million in Department of Justice grants is available to help improve school security and protect students, teachers and faculty from threats of violence, Acting U.S. Attorney A. Lance Crick of South Carolina announced.

The funding is available through OJP, the federal government’s leading source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance in state, local and tribal jurisdictions. Its programs support a wide array of activities and services, including programs that are designed to increase school security and improve the reporting of threats.

Tennessee

Tennessee to Distribute $200 Million to County and City Governments Through Governor’s Local Support Grants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW)– Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Monday, April 6 that  $200 million in grants to be distributed to every county and city government across Tennessee for one-time, local expenses in fiscal year 2021.

“Capital maintenance, public safety and road projects don’t pause for disasters like the March tornadoes and the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Lee. “This grant fund will ease the burden on local governments as they work to meet infrastructure and safety obligations.”

Funding is based on population as published by the US Census Bureau. Each county will receive at least $500,000, and each city or municipality will receive at least $30,000. The three Metro governments (Davidson, Moore and Trousdale) will receive one allocation, whichever is largest.

The application will be made available by April 30, 2020, and the funds will be made available after July 1, 2020.

Clarksville will receive $3,490,203 in funding and Montgomery County will receive $2,097,099.

Funds may be used for road projects, I.T. upgrades, capital maintenance, utility system upgrades, and public safety projects. Certain disaster-related expenses are also eligible for funding.

Funds will be available after July 1, 2020.

One-time expenses related to COVID-19 are eligible including supply and equipment purchase, cleaning, emergency food and shelter programs. Counties impacted by the March 2020 tornadoes including Benton, Carroll, Davidson, Gibson, Putnam, Smith, and Wilson counties may also use the funds for tornado relief efforts.

Additional information on the application and appropriation process is available here.

Here are the counties and cities in the coverage area and their eligible grants:

COUNTIES

ANDERSON – $1,093,102

BLEDSOE – $1,035,446

CLAY – $980,868

CUMBERLAND – $962,752

FENTRESS – $1,062,293

MORGAN – $1,088,365

OVERTON – $671,133

PICKETT – $539,410

PUTNAM – $1,111,411

RHEA – $756,249

ROANE – $912,089

WHITE – $710,209

CITIES

Allardt – $43,727

Byrdstown – $47,611

Crab Orchard – $46,838

Crossville – $284,979

Harriman – $165,611

Jamestown – $73,254

Kingston – $158,549

Oakdale – $34,590

Oliver Springs – $105,386

Pikeville – $65,839

Pleasant Hill – $42,535

Rockwood – $150,317

Spring City – $71,158

Sunbright – $41,718

Wartburg – $49,840

Sumner County legislative delegation and grant funding

This year, members of the Sumner County legislative delegation — Rep. Johnny Garrett, Speaker Pro Tempore Ferrell Haile, and Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver — joined the entire General Assembly to enhance school safety for Tennessee children. All believe every child must attend a good, safe school. 

During the 2019 legislative session, we passed House Bill 947 as part of our ongoing efforts to improve school safety. This legislation makes a $40 million investment to secure our schools through funding that includes a new $30 million investment for the school safety grant fund. The measure also makes additional changes to existing law to prioritize the distribution of school resource officer (SRO) grants to help schools — especially in rural Tennessee communities — secure resource officers. 

Hamilton County schools getting just over $1 million in first two years of state school security program.

NASHVILLE — Hamilton County's public schools have received nearly $333,000 so far under a Tennessee school safety grant program created last year in the wake of a mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school.

And local officials anticipate getting another $668,510 during the current fiscal year that runs through June 30 as a result of the Safe School grant program, proposed by then-Gov. Bill Haslam and approved by state lawmakers in 2018.

Officials in Tennessee's 147 local school districts can use the safety funds to pay for school resource officers, surveillance technology and access controls aimed at better securing schools.

Hamilton County Department of Education spokesman Tim Hensley said the funds so far have been used locally "primarily for safety equipment."

Hensley said the school system has also used the funding to "purchase video entrance cameras and notification systems so that the office can identify visitors before they enter the school and video security cameras for school campuses."

 

Texas

REQUEST FOR APPLICATION 2019-2021 School Safety and Security Grant

Authorized by SB 500, Section 32, 86th Texas Legislature
Application Closing Date---5:00 p.m., Central Time
Application due date January 22, 2020

CLICK HERE for the APPLICATION

Governor Abbott announces over $296 Million in funding for public safety initiatives in Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott Friday announced that his Public Safety Office (PSO) will administer more than $296 million in grant funding for a variety of programs and services in Texas to support a broad range of public safety initiatives. This grant funding is made possible through a combination of federal and state dollars.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and security of Texans, and this grant funding will strengthen our efforts to prevent and combat crime while also supporting victims and survivors,” said Governor Abbott. “Protecting public safety requires a comprehensive approach, and each of these recipients play an essential role in keeping our communities safe. Texas thanks the hundreds of award recipients for serving their fellow Texans and for working to build a safer and stronger Texas.”

A press release explains The Governor’s Public Safety Office administers numerous state and federal grant programs in coordination with state-level and regional partner agencies including the 24 regional Councils of Governments (COGs) in Texas and the Urban Area Working Groups (UAWGs) in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Houston, and San Antonio. Entities interested in seeking funds to support their public safety initiatives during the next grant cycle (FY 2022) should reach out to their local COG to learn about region specific timelines and requirements.  The PSO posts funding opportunity announcements containing program purposes, a description of allowable activities, timelines, and other requirements on the Office of the Governor’s eGrants website.

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport plans to use $1 million federal grant to upgrade antiquated security, surveillance tech

Security fencing at the Tyler Pounds Regional could soon receive updates to move the airport’s surveillance system into the 21st century thanks to funding from the Federal Aviation Administration.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced Monday the airport will receive over $1 million in federal funding for security enhancements.

The funding of $1,020,400 comes from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program.

Brownsville ISD receives safety and security grant

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — The Brownsville Independent District received a $718, 468 safety and security grant from the Texas Education Agency.

The grant aims to help the district improve the safety and security measures of the district.

A press release states the funding will be distributed between the district’s police department and the facilities department.

Brownsville ISD police will be receiving $409,000, which will be used for barriers, security cameras and two-way radio systems. The district states the improvements will provide better communication with law enforcement agencies in Cameron County.

The Facilities Department will be receiving $309, 468. This funding will be used for fencing for Stillman Middle School and other campuses that need improvements, according to the release.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this grant from the Texas Education Agency,” said Oscar Garcia, police chief of Brownsville Independent School District, in the release.

For more information, visit the Brownsville ISD website.

 

Texas State University To Receive $8.5M Federal Grant For Active Shooter Response Training

Texas State University will receive an $8,494,893 federal grant for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center, to provide multi-disciplinary, scenario-based active shooter training to first responders, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced.

The funding comes through the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services’ (COPS Office) Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS) Program and was authorized through the Protecting Our Lives through Initiating COPS Expansion (POLICE) Act, which Sen. Cornyn authored and was signed into law on July 22, 2016.

“First responders risk their lives every day to ensure the safety of our families, friends, and neighbors, and they deserve the best possible training to do their jobs,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “Texas State’s ALERRT Program has proven to be highly successful in training first responders in Texas and across the nation to respond to active shooter situations and is leading the way in keeping those who protect us safe.”

McKinney ISD schools to receive nearly $400,000 in security enhancements

The Texas Education Agency has awarded nearly $400,000 to McKinney ISD to enhance the district’s safety and security measures.

The grant money, awarded in April, will bolster the district’s existing efforts to enhance safety at MISD schools, according to a MISD news release.

“Our first priority is always the safety of our students and staff members. Everything else comes after that,” said Cody Cunningham, chief communications and support services officer, in the release. “While we have great confidence in the safety and security program that we have in place, we always look for opportunities to enhance what we already do and routinely evaluate our practices to ensure that we have created the safest possible learning environment.”

MISD officials said the district plans to get started on safety upgrades using the grant funds, with a heavy emphasis on completing as much work as possible over the summer.

Using the TEA grant funds, the district will add about 140 security cameras across the district. There are already about 1,600 security cameras in place, according to the news release.

The district will also update its Aiphone entry system, which provides an initial security screen at every campus that allows employees to verbally and visually identify visitors before granting them access to the building, according to the news release.

Adding more lockdown buttons at each school is another feature for which the TEA grant funds will provide, the release said. Along with the buttons, the district will install additional alarm-activated, emergency strobe and sound devices at each campus. The security enhancements will include an upgraded, districtwide 24-hour intrusion alarm system that will send an alert if a door is left open.

The grant funds will also be used to upgrade MISD’s security camera server to help store and retrieve video files, the release said.

The district plans to finish these upgrades by this time next year, officials said.

Most North Texas School Districts Fail To Apply For Federal Money To Improve Safety

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas schools are missing out on millions in federal dollars to improve student safety.

After the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Congress set aside $1 billion over ten years for school security. Millions have already been invested.

Yet, two years after the passage of the STOP School Violence Act, only four North Texas districts have received any of the money – Lake Worth ISD ($500,000), Weatherford ISD ($78,323), Duncanville ISD ($375,000), and Lovejoy ISD ($500,000 in 2018).

Less than 5% of North Texas school districts even applied.

Texas eGrants Funding Schedule

The Office of the Governor (OOG) may solicit applications for grants in the form of a Request for Applications (RFA) through the Secretary of State’s Texas Register. RFA notices serve to inform potential applicants of available funding opportunities. In addition to an RFA, OOG may solicit applications for grants in the form of a Request for Proposals (RFP). The chart below lists each funding opportunity along with the method used to solicit applications and the deadline for submitting applications through eGrants to OOG.

All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.  For a full list CLICK HERE.

Mission school district gets $367,000 security grant

MISSION — Schools in Mission last week received several hundred thousands of dollars in federal funding to tighten security within Mission CISD.

Awarded through the Department of Justice, the $367,374 grant from the COPS Office School Violence Prevention program will be used to improve security at schools throughout the district through evidence-based school safety programs.

Congressman Henry Cuellar presented the district with the grant at Escobar/Rios Elementary School on Monday.

“It is critical we do everything we can to ensure our schools are safe learning environments for all students,” Cuellar wrote in a statement. “By improving school security infrastructure and providing training to teachers, school administrators and law enforcement, we can prevent senseless and tragic violence in our community.”

At the presentation, Cuellar said that the funds should help the district prevent tragedies that have been seen elsewhere.

 

“These monies are to make sure that we have prevention and make sure that we prevent anything that we see in other places, because as a parent, we drop off a child, we put them in the hands of our educators at a school district, and we want to make sure that they’re safe,” he said. “Unfortunately, we don’t teach in a vacuum. Sometimes teachers have to be social workers, sometimes they have to be nurses, they have to be so many things at one time, and security is one of the other elements that have to be provided.”

Martin Castaneda, Mission CISD’s coordinator for safety and security, says that the money will be used primarily to purchase communications equipment.

“We’re hoping to apply to purchase a communication system, radios and emergency call buttons, to provide that on all of our campuses so we can have access to communicate with all of our first responders should an emergency arise,” he said.

Trent ISD applying for $25,000 grant to make campus safer

Trent ISD is asking for the community to fill out a survey on how to spend a $25,000 grant to make their school's safer.

The survey asks you to rank the following items on a scale of 1 - 5:

  • Metal detectors at school entrances
  • Erected vehicle barriers
  • Security systems that monitor and record school entrances, exits, and hallways
  • Campus wide active shooter alarm systems that are separate from fire alarms
  • Perimeter security fencing
  • Door-locking systems

Utah

Provo school district furthers safety efforts with new position and grant allocation

The Provo City School District’s first safety, security and risk manager is one of its most familiar faces.  The district announced Feb. 13 that Stephen Oliverson, who has been the principal of Provost Elementary School for 17 years, has been appointed to the position, effective immediately.  In his new role, he’ll be overseeing how the district spends a $500,000 federal grant on school safety. Grant money will go toward funding security improvements at schools. 

Grand County School District receives safety and policing grant

The Grand County School District will soon be improving school safety measures, after receiving a federal grant to fund greater coordination with law enforcement, video surveillance advancements, and updated communication technology to connect staff, law enforcement and first responders.

In a statement, the school district reported that it was the only entity in Utah to receive the award from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community-Oriented Policing Services and the School Violence Prevention Program. The roughly $114,000 in funding will go primarily to video surveillance equipment and communication technology. Funding will also support local law enforcement training related to school safety.

Vermont

Scott announces second round of school safety grants

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that 69 public, private and independent schools across Vermont have been awarded funds to make safety improvements to school infrastructure. The $1.4 million school safety grant program will allow the schools to complete a total of 150 projects to better secure facilities.

Governor Scott and the Legislature approved the funds during the 2019 legislative session to allow eligible schools to plan for, and install, equipment to enhance building security. Priority was given to exterior and interior door locking mechanisms and public address systems to ensure all those in and outside school buildings can be informed of an emergency. Other improvements funded through these grants include security cameras, window shading and other projects.

For more information on school safety in Vermont, visit the Vermont School Safety Center website at www.schoolsafety.vermont.gov.

$1.4 million awarded to schools for safety upgrades

One school will be upgrading its alarm systems, another will use funds to make it harder to look in through the windows.

Several local schools were the recipients of state grants to be used for upgrading their safety features. Gov. Phil Scott announced the awards earlier this week.

All told, $1.4 million was awarded to 69 institutions, a mix of public, private, and independent.

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Virginia

PWCS Receives VDOE Grant for School Safety

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) received $195,619 as part of the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) state School Security Equipment Grants. The VDOE press release states that the grant money will go toward the purchase of, “video monitoring systems, voice and video internal communications systems, school bus interior cameras, mass notifications systems, visitor-identification systems, access control systems, two-way radios, security vestibules, and other security upgrades.”

The schools selected by the VDOE for the grant this year are Bel Air, Coles, Occoquan, Potomac View and Rockledge Elementary Schools. The criteria for the awards were developed by the VDOE in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Schools with the most need for modern security equipment were given priority, among other criteria such as schools identified with a need for equipment by audits on school security, or schools identified that need assistance to make security upgrades.

This year, the program expanded to include funding for school bus security equipment. The 2019 Appropriation Act doubled the amount of funding for the program from $6 to $12 million. The same legislation also increased the maximum amount a school division could receive from $100,000 to $250,000, allowing needed resources to be allocated to more schools.

Supervisors allocate $441K to school division's capital improvement fund

The Nelson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a supplemental appropriation of more than $441,000 to the county’s school system for capital improvement projects and planning.

According to county documents, the Nelson County School Board will work to complete already-identified projects that have been submitted to supervisors. While the school board has yet to formally commit funds to any project in particular, those involving safety are high on the list of priorities.

One example of this would be a required local match for the division’s 2020 School Equipment Security Grant award from the Virginia Department of Education (below).  In December, the Virginia Department of Education allocated about $12 million in funding to school divisions across the commonwealth for various amounts to be used for school security upgrades. Nelson County, despite its relatively small size, was one of nine divisions to receive the maximum available funding of $250,000 and is required to pay a local match of 25%.

Virginia Dept. of Education announces $12 million in funding for school security equipment

RICHMOND, Va. (WDVM) — The Virginia Department of Education announced $12 million in state school security equipment grants today. The department says the grants will fund 489 schools in 102 school divisions for systems to protect students, faculty and visitors.

The grants will fund security programs such as video monitoring systems, school bus interior cameras, mass notification systems, visitor-identification systems and other security upgrades.

“This year, we have doubled the amount of assistance available to help Virginia school divisions protect our students and the educators, administrators, and staff dedicated to preparing them for success,” Governor Northam said. “We remain focused on supporting students and their families in navigating the pandemic and preparing for in-person learning to resume, which includes ensuring that our schools have all the necessary technology, equipment, and systems to keep everyone safe and to respond to emergencies.”

The maximum award per school division was also increased from $100,000 to $250,000 by the General Assembly last year, a move proposed by the governor.

Nelson among school divisions awarded security equipment grants

The Virginia Department of Education announced Dec. 4 about $12 million in school security equipment grants to further protect students, faculty and visitors across 102 school divisions, including allocations to Lynchburg-area systems.

According to a news release from VDOE, the grants will pay for video monitoring systems, voice and video internal communications systems, school bus interior cameras, mass notification systems, visitor-identification systems, access control systems, two-way radios and security vestibules among other safety upgrades.

Nelson County Public Schools received the maximum amount of $250,000 and across the county line, Amherst County Public Schools was allocated more than $160,000. Other Lynchburg-area divisions received:

$173,200 in Appomattox County,
$97,280 in Bedford County,
$175,275 in Campbell County, and
$132,320 in Lynchburg.


Despite its relatively small size, with two elementary schools and a joint complex that houses the county’s only middle and high school, Nelson County Public Schools was one of only nine divisions across the commonwealth to receive the maximum amount of $250,000.

The School Security Equipment Grants program was established by the General Assembly in 2013 in the aftermath of the December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Most school divisions are required to pay a local match of 25%.

Grant funding for emergency preparedness and security projects

RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Localities across Virginia are getting grant funding to enhance emergency preparedness and security.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management announced more than $10 million in Homeland Security Grant Awards on Wednesday.

According to a release, the VDEM coordinated an annual stakeholder-driven review process to allocate and administer these funds to support an array of emergency preparedness and security operations, equipment replacement, training, planning, and exercise programs by local governments.

Washington State

New Bellevue School District bond to fund school rebuilds, renovations and security

The Bellevue School District (BSD) is asking the community for continued support.

The Bellevue community has supported students and schools by rebuilding and remodeling school facilities since 2002, the district said.

BSD is floating a capital bond in the Feb. 11 election to address needs in the areas of aging schools, improving safety, and adding classroom space to accommodate the district’s continued growth.

The capital bond will add security vestibules to eight schools that currently do not have them. Security vestibules make visitors enter the vestibule before entering the main school area and require them to enter the office to check-in before gaining access to the rest of the building.

Washington DC

Mayor Bowser Announces Security Grant Funds Available for District Nonprofits and Houses of Worship

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for federal grant money to support efforts for target hardening, planning, training, and other security-related activities at their facilities. The grants are managed through the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).

West Virginia

Upshur County Schools to improve school safety with Department of Justice grant

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has provided nearly $150,000 to improve school safety across Upshur County.

The grant comes through the DOJ’s School Violence Prevention Program and will go toward adding an upgraded phone system, allowing staff to respond to emergencies faster. That’s a goal that’s more meaningful when school officials see data from around the country.

“FBI data suggests that incidents like an active assailant or active shooter incident are typically over in five to six minutes, so we need to be able to get a notification out as quickly as possible,” said Jeffery Harvey, director of safety and emergency preparedness.

The grant program is part of the DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

West Virginia Establishes a designated fund

West Virginia’s B. 632 establishes the Safe Schools Fund to provide funding to county boards of education for a variety of school safety improvements, including physical upgrades to facilities and the hiring of school resource officers.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Justice Department finishes school safety grant program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Justice Department has finished handing out $100 million in grants to bolster school safety.

Former Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in 2018 that established the Office of School Safety within the Justice Department and provided $100 million for the grants.

Justice Department officials said Thursday the money has gone to upgrade school security systems, train police and educators in understanding adolescent mental health, train school resource officers, create a confidential threat reporting tip line and a threat assessment study with the University of Wisconsin and 40 schools around the state.

Southern Door County School District receives safety grant of $156,853

DOOR COUNTY (WLUK)-- The Southern Door County School District announced on Saturday that it received a Grant of $156,853 from the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).

The COPS Office announced the decision on Thursday. Southern Door County School District is one of 160 schools nationwide and six schools in the state to receive this funding through the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

The grant will be used to enhance safety measures as well as safety equipment, “Grant funds will be used to purchase classroom evacuation and lockdown to-go kits; additional video surveillance cameras on buses, facility door alarms, facility mapping software, a digital intercom system, and advanced safety training for District staff and its school resource officer. The District’s EPCOT (Emergency Planning Collaborative Operations Team) which consists of District staff and community representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, B.U.G. and Southern Door Fire Departments, Emergency Responders, and Door County Medical Center helped to identify the safety needs to be addressed.” said Superintendent Patti Vickman.


The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018) gave the COPS Office authority to provide almost $50 million to states, units of local government, Indian Tribes, and public agencies such as school districts and law enforcement to improve security at schools, according to Southern Door County School District.

 

Students, staff, parents form front line in school safety

The school district has spent years upgrading security at its buildings.

About $6 million was earmarked for building improvements, including secure entrances and dual-entry systems, as part of the successful 2016 referendum.

The district also received $421,287 through a state School Safety Grant following the Wisconsin Legislature’s passage of Act 143, which created the Office of School Safety in 2017. The money went toward physical upgrades like improved communications systems, security cameras and panic lockdown buttons, as well as staff training for lockdown procedures, trauma-informed schools and adolescent mental health, said Bobby Matherly, the school district's director of building and grounds. 

School Safety Grant upgrades, round one and two: $421,287 total

  • Security film at entryways. Window film makes it more difficult for intruders to break the glass to gain entry, buying valuable time for first responders to arrive.
  • ALICE training for staff.
  • Emergency responder VHF radio repeaters. Improved communications for first responders when they are inside district buildings.
  • Panic lockdown buttons. Administrative offices at each school can press a button to lock all doors so only key personnel and emergency responders can access the building.
  • Security camera system monitors. Larger, higher quality monitors at the front desk area of each building enable staff to see live footage of multiple security cameras at the same time.
  • Adolescent mental health training for staff.
  • Centralized DVR server to store camera footage for at least 30 days.
  • Trauma-Informed Schools training for staff.

Wyoming

NCSD WANTS LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR SCHOOL SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming School Board Association backs a resolution proposed by the Natrona County School District to provide additional funding to improve school safety.

The resolution asks the Legislature for funding to provide “increased access to school safety measures, including, but not limited to, School Resource Officers (SROs), school safety infrastructure, and other security measures designed to protect students and staff from an active shooter on school grounds.”

It also asks for funding that would go toward school employee training and coordination with law enforcement and first responders “to ensure appropriate responses to incidents of violence in schools.”

That rationale behind the resolution calls violence across the country “epidemic.”

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