Secured School Safety Grant Program
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 $39 million in matching grants to Indiana school districts across the state to address potential safety threats and help them prepare.
As the program has grown, so have the number of grant applications from school districts. The requests have outnumbered the available funding for the program, prompting Gov. Eric Holcomb to request an additional $5 million in funding for the grant program. With Gov. Holcomb’s leadership, the proposal will be a top priority for legislators when they return for the special session in May 2018.
The application period for the next round of SSSG is now open. The submission deadline for the Intent to Apply form is April 27, 2018, and the submission deadline for the Grant Proposal and Budget is May 21, 2018.
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
The distribution of grants began in 2014 and continue annually through the Indiana Grants Management System (iGMS). Since 2014, $39,133,232.03 has been distributed to Indiana schools that meet the eligibility requirements in their grant requests.
From 2014 to 2018, the Indiana Secured School Grant Board has approved 1,129 grant requests. From 2014-2018, the Indiana Secured School Grant Board has denied 63 grant requests. Grant requests may be denied in whole or in part for several reasons, including requests for items or purchases that are not eligible under the statute, incomplete applications or availability of funding.
Questions and Contacts
IDHS Grants Management
Indiana Secured School Safety Board
Secured School Safety Board Contact
Secured School Safety Director