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Secured School Safety Grant Program

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Since it was signed in to law in 2013, the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant (SSSG) program has served as a critical resource to ensure Hoosier schools are safe and secure. The program has delivered more than $53 million in matching grants to Indiana school districts across the state to address potential safety threats and help them prepare.

The application period for fiscal year 2019 is now closed. Applications will be accepted again in Spring 2019 for FY20. Notice will be sent to subscribers of this page and previous applicants.

Program Background

The Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Fund was created in 2013 to support initiatives to ensure schools are safe and secure. The program supports a dedicated state grant fund that provides matching grants to school corporations, accredited non-public schools, charter schools or a coalition of school corporations and/or charter schools applying jointly to:

1.)  Employ a school resource officer (salary, benefits and basic 40-hr training course);
2.)  Conduct a threat assessment; and/or
3.)  Purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders.

School corporations, charter schools or coalitions with an average daily membership of at least 1,000 can apply for grants up to $50,000 per year. Schools with membership of less than 1,000 can apply for grants up to $35,000 per year. The grants are evaluated and administered by the Indiana Secured School Safety Board.

By statute, the Board is chaired by the Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and currently includes the following members:

  • Eric Bowlen, Principal at Ronald K. Bell East-Middle School
  • Doug Carter, Superintendent of the Indiana State Police
  • Bryan Langley, Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • Scott Mellinger, Sheriff of Madison County
  • David Murtaugh, Director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
  • David Woodward, Director of School Building Physical Safety for the Indiana Department of Education
  • Curtis Hill, Attorney General

Distributions and Support

For more information on distribution and support, please visit the Data and Statistics page here.

Advances from the Common School Fund

A school corporation or charter school who has applied for and been awarded a matching grant from the Indiana Secured School Fund (established at Ind. Code 10-21-1-2) may apply for an advance from the Common School Fund. Details on the advance program and the application for an advance may be found at https://www.in.gov/dhs/securedschoolsafety/commonschoolfund.htm.

2018 School Safety Recommendations2018 Indiana School Safety Recommendations, link, Governor Holcomb

In March 2018, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a letter commending the state for its leadership in school safety initiatives. He requested an additional $5 million be allocated to the Secured School Fund to support safety initiatives and directed Bryan Langley, executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and David Woodward, director of School Building Physical Security & Safety for the Indiana Department of Education, to lead a group of experts in establishing recommendations that would address the unique threats facing schools today. The complete recommendations were delivered to Gov. Holcomb on Aug. 1, 2018.

Over the course of more than four months, several key focus areas to enhance school security were identified through the efforts of the working group. Indiana must address gaps in areas that go beyond hardening our buildings and training to respond to incidents. An increased emphasis on enhanced and expanded mental health services as well as the adoption of equipment and technology impacting school safety is needed. In addition, it is recommended that policy makers re-evaluate the scope of eligible projects and the funding formula for the Secured School Fund. Finally, it is clear that multiple agencies and groups collect data on trends, threats, and student behavior, but that information is rarely shared with all the stakeholders with an interest in student well-being. The recommendations set forth in this report will help Indiana take school security to the next level and further establish the state as a national standard when it comes to protecting children.


For more information, click here.

Hand Held Metal Detector Program

Per Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s announcement on July 9, 2018, the State of Indiana will provide one hand held metal detector device per every 250 students in a school corporation at no cost to the districts.

For more information and to register for this program, click here.

Active Shooter Preparedness

Indiana State Police active shooter preparedness information

Questions and Contacts

IDHS Grants Management

Indiana Secured School Safety Board

Secured School Safety Board Contact

Rusty Goodpaster
Secured School Safety Director

Indiana School Safety Information