CAMP HILL, PA – Senator Mike Regan is encouraging schools and community groups to apply now for grants to help boost school safety and reduce the risk of community violence.
The School Safety and Security Grant Program will once again provide grants to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.
Eligible uses include: hiring school security officers; purchasing security-related technology; completing safety and security assessments; implementing violence prevention curricula; offering counseling services for students; and, other programs and services to protect students.
“We all share a common goal of protecting our youth and educators by ensuring our schools are safe and secure environments for learning,” stated Regan. “This grant program will continue to enable local school boards, administrators, and other personnel to identify and fund school safety improvements and help reduce potential risks to students.”
A total of $18.72 million will be distributed to all schools that submit a qualifying application, and an additional $33.78 million in grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.
An additional $7.5 million will be awarded to improve community safety and reduce the risk of violence through projects including mentoring and intervention for at-risk children and families; promoting communication between school entities and law enforcement; linking the community with local trauma support and behavioral health systems; and other programs designed to reduce community violence.
The program was updated in June to include an emphasis on trauma-informed education and support services to help students who have experienced distressing events and life circumstances.
The application period for grants is open now through November 4. More details about the program are available at the PCCD School Safety and Security webpage or by contacting Senator Regan’s Harrisburg Office.
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