The Indiana Secured School Safety Board has approved a record investment of more than $22.9 million in matching state grants. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, which administers the fund, says the grants will be allocated to 425 schools – the largest number of schools to ever apply.
This is the fourth consecutive year of record-breaking school safety investments.
“We continue to prioritize investments in school safety to help students and staff succeed without the worry of violence in Hoosier schools,” Governor Eric Holcomb said. “This funding allow schools to address their specific safety needs through additional personnel and programs designed to prepare for and prevent school violence.”
The General Assembly allocated $19 million the past two years for the grant. With the addition of $3.9 million in unspent funds from previous grant cycles, the IDHS says Indiana was able to fully fund all “top priority, eligible requests” from every school that applied.
Additionally, the IDHS says funding will cover additional training for school resource officers and staff. The performance period for the grant begins September 1.
The Hoosier State has invested more than $132 million in school safety since the SSSG program was established in 2013.
You can connect to a complete breakdown of SSSG awards by clicking here.