The Safer Schools and Communities Initiative provides funds to K-12 school districts to improve school security through equipment and technology. The Office of Grants and Research, in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will make $2,910,000 available for school districts, educational collaboratives, and charter schools to apply for one-time grant funding to enhance security for the safety of students and staff.
Priority will be given to applicants demonstrating the greatest need, proposing cost-effective solutions, and who have not received state or federal funding in the past five years. Previous awardees can apply but preference will be given to new applicants.
This program is made available through state funding. https://www.mass.gov/service-details/safer-schools-and-communities-initiative
A school district, educational collaborative or charter school, that certifies that it has a Multi-Hazard School Emergency Evacuation and Response Plan already in place, is eligible to apply.
The School Superintendent, Educational Collaborative or Charter School Executive Director seeking a grant award must sign the application being submitted. Only one (1) application per school district and one (1) application per charter school is permitted for consideration of funding.
FY23 Funding Period Key Dates:
AGF Posted: January 20, 2023
Applications Due: February 17, 2023 by 4:00 pm.
Anticipated Award Announcements: March 2023
Anticipated Grant Period: April 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024
FY23 Funding Period Application Materials: