Secured School Safety Grant Program
Since being 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 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:
- Employ a school resource officer (salary, benefits and basic 40-hr training course);
- Conduct a threat assessment; and/or
- Purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders.
Legislation passed during the 2019 General Assembly expanded the parameters of the fund, adding additional items eligible for reimbursement from the state and changed the funding formula to allow more schools to access the fund. More than $19 million was appropriated in the budget for FY20-21 to support the SSSG program.
Additional changes currently being implemented include:
- Streamlining the school resource officer requests to a single grant (SSG) and allowed for the employment of a law enforcement officer in that role
- Requiring schools conduct a threat assessment by July 1, 2021, to be eligible for the grant
- Lowering the matching requirement for the fund to allow smaller schools to participate
- Creating a new funding formula
- Allowing the SSG to fund firearms training in districts that choose do implement such programs
- Supporting the creation of a students and parent support service program
- Funding the startup costs for an active event warning system for schools
IDHS and other state agencies currently are working with the Office of the Governor to define and implement the new programs and services now allowable under the new legislation. The goal is to provide a comprehensive grant program providing schools several options to address school safety in a way that is most impactful for each district.
All schools will be notified when the Secured School Grant is open for applications, and the expectation is the application period will open in Summer 2019.
Secured School Grants currently are NOT open for applications. Each district and non-public school will be notified with information to create an administrator account in the INtelligrants grant management system.
In addition to email communications, all active and upcoming grant periods will be listed on the IDHS Grants Management section of the IDHS website.
To prepare for the upcoming application period for the SSSG program, potential school applicants are encouraged to:
- Ensure your district participates in a County School Safety Commission (required to receive the grant).
- Ensure your bidder number is registered with the state.
- Ensure you are a registered vendor with the state.
- Prepare your plan for conducting a threat assessment for your school/district.
- Identify your Federal Tax ID
- Identify your School Corporation number
IDHS understands there will be many questions related to the expanded SSSG eligibility. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.