(HARRISBURG) – – Applications are now being accepted by the state Department of Education for Pennsylvania School Safety Grants, according to state Senator John R. Gordner (R-27). The grant programs were expanded as a result of the passage of Act 70 of 2013 in June.
“Competitive grants are available for school safety and violence prevention programs, along with expanded School Resource Officers and School Police Officers,” said Senator Gordner. “It is a continuing commitment of state government to assist local districts in maintaining safe learning environments.”
The Safe Schools grant period is open until December 6 and the maximum individual grant will be $25,000. The grant may be used for programs which address school violence, including bullying, as well as for security-related technology and equipment.
The School Resource Officer and School Police Officers grant period is open until November 22, and the maximum grants will be $60,000 and $40,000 respectively. School Resource and School Police Officers are active or retired federal, state and local law enforcement personnel who are contracted by the schools and have completed law enforcement training.
“We included an additional $8.5 million in this year’s budget for this program and I encourage local school districts to apply for funding to enhance school safety and improve violence prevention programs, said Senator Gordner.
Complete information on the grant program is available through the Department of Education’s website at www.pde.state.pa.us
Todd B. Roup