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School Safety and Security Grant Program (Pennsylvania)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)


    The goal of the School Safety and Security Grant Program solicitation is to make school entities within this Commonwealth safer places. Funding in both Category 1 and Category 2 (explained in Award Description below) is available for the following program activities:

    • Safety and security assessments that meet the committee's criteria.
    • Conflict resolution or dispute management, including restorative justice strategies.
    • School-wide positive behavior support that includes primary or universal, secondary and tertiary supports and interventions in school entities.
    • School-based diversion programs.
    • Peer helper programs.
    • Risk assessment, safety-related, violence prevention curricula, including dating violence curricula and restorative justice strategies.
    • Classroom management.
    • Student codes of conduct.
    • Training to undertake a districtwide assessment of risk factors that increase the likelihood of problem behaviors among students.
    • Development and implementation of research-based violence prevention programs that address risk factors to reduce incidents of problem behaviors among students, including, but not limited to, bullying.
    • Thorough, district-wide school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards plans, including revisions or updates to such plans and conducting emergency preparedness drills and related activities with local emergency responders.
    • Security planning and purchase of security-related technology, which may include metal detectors, protective lighting, specialty trained canines, surveillance equipment, special emergency communications equipment, automated external defibrillators, electronic locksets, deadbolts, trauma kits and theft control devices and training in the use of security-related technology. NOTE: Security planning and purchase of security-related technology shall be based on safety needs identified by the school entity's board of school directors.
    • Institution of student, staff and visitor identification systems, including criminal background check software.
    • Provision of specialized staff and student training programs, including training for Student Assistance Program team members in the referral of students at risk of violent behavior to appropriate community-based services and behavioral health services and training related to prevention and early intervention.
    • Counseling services for students.
    • A system for the management of student discipline, including misconduct and criminal offenses. 
    • Staff training programs in the use of positive behavior supports, de-escalation techniques and appropriate responses to student behavior that may require immediate intervention.
    • Costs associated with the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers.
    • Costs associated with the training and compensation of certified guidance counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers and school psychologists.
    • Administration of evidence-based screenings for adverse childhood experiences that are proven to be determinants of physical, social and behavioral health and provide trauma-informed counseling services as necessary to students based upon the screening results.
    • Trauma-informed approaches to education, including increasing student and school employee access to quality trauma support services and behavioral health care.

    School entities seeking funding to perform safety and security assessments must utilize the criteria adopted by the Committee, which will be adopted by the Committee no later than September 30, 2018, and will be posted online on PCCDs website at: 


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Additional grant funding is anticipated to be announced for the Community Violence Program at a later date. Interested applicants are encouraged to watch for program updates at:


    PCCD School Safety and Security Grant Program Staff

    PCCD School Safety and Security Grant Program Staff
    P.O. Box 1167
    Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are PA school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools or private residential rehabilitative institutions. NOTE: Awards to Category 1 (Meritorious Applications) are limited to PA School Districts only.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by October 12, 2018.

    Award Details

    Up to $52,500,000 is available in FY2018. Funding is divided into two program categories:

    • Category 1 - Meritorious Applications: Up to $12,500,000 will be available. Of that amount, $25,000 will be distributed to each school district in Pennsylvania. NOTE: This category is not competitive. Funding is anticipated to be available starting October 30, 2018. Project periods may extend up to 12-months.
    • Category 2 - Competitive Applications: Up to $40,000,000 will be available. Individual award amounts may be up to $5,975,000 each, but are anticipated to be much lower on average. Funding is anticipated to be available after November 30, 2018. Project periods may extend up to 24-months.

    Cost sharing/matching is not required for either program category.


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