WEST CHESTER (October 16, 2019) – Applications are now open for the School Safety and Security Grants and the Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Grants, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced.

Applications will be accepted until November 4, 2019.

“School and community safety go hand-in-hand. Each year, we work to help ensure that our communities are safe, stable and productive environments for learning and growth through the help of these grants,” Dinniman, the Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “I strongly encourage eligible schools or school districts to apply to these grants and continue to work to prevent violence before it occurs for the sake of our students, families, and teachers.”

In May, six school districts and one school in Chester County received over $1 million in total state funding from the School Safety and Security Grants. These funds came as part of the total $40 million awarded across Pennsylvania.

Awards were given out for improvements ranging from increased counseling services to trauma-informed approaches to education.

Two types of school safety and security grants are available:

  • Meritorious School Safety and Security Grant applications are open to all school districts, and any school that makes an application will be awarded funding.
  • Competitive School Safety and Security Grants are open to all school entities (school district, intermediate unit, area career and technical school, charter school, cyber charter school, regional charter school, approved private school, chartered school for the education of the deaf or the blind or private rehabilitative institutions are all eligible).

Eligible entities for the Community Violence Prevention/Reduction applications are municipalities, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations.

Applications can be submitted electronically through the PCCD e-grant system, linked here.

Training and guidance are available for school entities and community organizations seeking funding through any open funding announcements, which can be accessed here.