Indiana DHS Launches Secured School Safety Grant Program

The Indiana Secured School Safety Grant opened for applications Aug. 1. The deadline to submit proposals for grant funds is Sept. 30.

The Indiana Secured School Fund was created to provide matching grants to school corporations and charter schools or coalitions of school corporations and/or charter schools to make schools safer by hiring school resource officers, conducting threat assessments, or purchasing equipment to restrict access to school property or expedite notification of first responders.

School corporations, charter schools or coalitions with an average daily membership (ADM) of at least 1,000 can apply for grants up to $50,000 per year. Eligible applicants with an ADM of less than 1,000 can apply for grants of up to $35,000 per year.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) administers the grant program.

Schools must:

  • Be located in a county that has a County School Safety Commission.
  • The Commission must have specific members and perform certain duties described in IC 5-2-10.1-10. There is still time for County School Safety Commissions to be organized prior to the application deadline.

Important Dates

  • Aug. 1, 2013 – Grant application period begins & Grant Program Guidance Released
  • Sept. 15, 2013 – Deadline to submit notice of intent
  • Sept. 30, 2013 – Deadline to submit proposal for grants funds
  • Oct. 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013 – Proposal review
  • Nov. 1, 2013 – Projected award start date
  • Oct. 31, 2014 – Projected award end date

For more information on the Secured School Safety Grant Program visit

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