Indiana Continues Secured School Safety Grant Program

The state of Indiana has extended its Secured School Safety Grant Program, which awards $9 million in grant funding to more than 250 schools.

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced Wednesday that the state will continue to provide more than $9 million in grant funding to more than 250 local schools and school corporations across Indiana through the Secured School Safety Grant Program.

This is the second time Secured School Safety grants have been awarded. The first awards, announced November 1, 2013, also totaled more than $9 million.

“It’s a great honor to announce the continuation of these grants to our local schools across the state. All of Indiana’s students deserve to learn and grow in a safe environment,” Pence said. “This is a large step in our partnership with Hoosier families and the local schools to help protect Indiana’s students.”

The Secured School Safety Grant program is a dedicated state grant fund that provides matching grants to school corporations, charter schools, or coalitions of school corporations and/or charter schools applying jointly to:

  • Employ a school resource officer (SRO)
  • Conduct a threat assessment
  • Purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders

Of the awarded funding, nearly $5 million will be used to purchase equipment and more than $4 million will go to employ school resource officers. Additionally, nearly $32,000 has been awarded to conduct four threat assessments.

School corporations, charter schools, or coalitions with an average daily membership (ADM) of at least 1,000 students applied for grants of up to $50,000. Eligible entities with an ADM of less than 1,000 students applied for grants of up to $35,000. During the 2014 legislative session, the pool of eligible recipients was expanded to include cooperative career and technical education centers.


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