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School Safe Haven Matching Grant Program

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The School Safe Haven matching grant program helps schools carry out bullying prevention programs to create safe environments where students are able to learn and thrive.

Program Overview

School safe haven programs must include at least the following components: the school must be open to students of the school before and after normal operating hours (preferably from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) on days determined by the school corporation, and the program must operate according to a plan to do the following in the school:

  • Reduce alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse
  • Reduce violent behavior
  • Promote educational progress

Funding will only be awarded to evidence-based or best practice bullying prevention programs.

Eligible Entities

The following entities are eligible for the Safe Haven grant program in Indiana:

  • school corporations
  • school corporation career and technical education schools
  • charter schools

This is a reimbursement-based grant. If selected, Safe Haven subrecipients must adhere to all of the requirements outlined in the request for proposal.

The award period for the current grant shall be July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Projects should begin on July 1, 2022, and must be in operation no later than 60 days after this date. Failure to have the funded project operational within 60 days from July 1, 2022, will result in the cancellation of the grant and the de-obligation of all awarded funds.

The programmatic goals of the 2022-2023 School Safe Haven grant awards are to:

  1. Offer students and staff opportunities to develop the skills and strategies necessary to prevent bullying and potential bullying situations in digital and physical spaces;

  2. Enable schools to identify and acquire the programs and resources necessary to apply research-based models and proven practices for curriculum, policies, procedures, and instruction that mitigate bullying in digital and physical spaces; and

  3. Assist schools in developing a cyberbullying prevention framework in order to promote the safety and well-being of students.

Matching or cost sharing means the portion of the project costs not paid by state or federal funds. Match is typically stated as a percentage of the total project costs for an award.

For this solicitation, a 1:1 (50/50) cash match is required for all School Safe Haven grant awards. The purpose of matching funds is to increase the amount of resources available to programs supported by state grants. No “in-kind” donations will be accepted for match purposes.

The following costs and budget items are ineligible and will not be supported by this grant program:

  1. Threat assessments, safety equipment, and/or school resource officers.

  2. First class travel.

  3. Expenses incurred outside of the grant award period.

  4. Lobbying (including attempts to influence legislation or the outcome of any federal, state, or local elections. Recent changes to the law have expanded the prohibition to any federally appropriated funding used, either directly or indirectly, to support the enactment, repeal, modification, or adoption of any law, regulation, or policy, at any level of government, without the express written approval of OJP. Violations of this prohibition are now subject to civil fines of up to $100,000 per violation).

  5. Fundraising (including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions and time spent procuring funding, including completing federal and state funding applications).

  6. Purchase of real estate or construction.

  7. Physical modification to buildings and/or construction (including minor renovations such as painting or carpeting).

  8. Purchase of vehicles.

  9. The applicant understands and agrees that award funds may not be used to discriminate against or denigrate the religious or moral beliefs of students who participate in programs for which financial assistance is provided from those funds, or of the parents or legal guardians of such students.


Safe Haven funds must be used to supplement existing funds for program activities and cannot replace or supplant any federal or state funds that have been appropriated for the same purpose.

All applicants awarded grant funding from ICJI must agree to:

  1. Enter into a grant agreement between ICJI and the applicant agency and agree to abide by all provisions and terms of the grant agreement.

  2. Submit all programmatic and fiscal reports in the prescribed format and timeframes set forth by ICJI.

IMPORTANT: Failure to submit the required reports by the stated due date will result in reimbursement of grant funds being withheld until the report(s) is received AND approved by ICJI. ICJI reserves the right to refuse reimbursement or withdraw grant funding due to failure to report. Future grant funding may be denied if reports are not timely submitted to ICJI.

Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients are required to submit quarterly programmatic and fiscal reports through IntelliGrants. Program reports contain information related to the grant program’s performance measures. Fiscal reports contain financial information related to grant expenditures and claims for reimbursement of approved budget expenses. Fiscal reports must include adequate documentation of expenses and proof of payment.

For more information, please refer to ICJI’s supporting documentation policy.

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  • 2021 Awards

    Number of Awards: 5
    Total Amount Awarded: $150,000



    Award Amount

    South Gibson School Corporation



    Options Charter School - Carmel



    Seymour Community Schools



    MSD of Boone Township



    MSD of North Posey



Technical Assistance

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the ICJI Helpdesk, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, except on state holidays. ICJI is not responsible for technical issues with grant submission within 48 hours of grant deadline. For assistance with this solicitation, please contact the Behavioral Health Division Director Michael Ross at MiRoss@cjin.in.gov or 317-232-1233.

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