Pennsylvania Announces Over $7 Million in School Safety Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced the recipients of $7.2 million in competitive 2019-2020 Safe Schools Targeted Grants. Grants are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resources and police officers.

“Students perform their best when they feel safe and secure,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “The Safe Schools Targeted Grant program provides school leaders with options when determining which safety tools work best for their own school communities.”

PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer (SPO) grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer (SRO) grants of up to $60,000. Each of the grants aims to assist schools in:

  • Reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety, and learning; and
  • Enhancing anti-violence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

This year more than $4 million will be awarded to public local education agencies (LEAs):

  • $1.75 million in equipment grants to 78 LEAs
  • $1 million in program grants to 62 LEAs
  • $583,000 in SPO grants to 16 LEAs
  • $742,000 in SRO grants to 14 LEAs

In accordance with Act 18 of 2019, this year PDE is awarding $3.2 million to nonpublic schools, including:

  • $2.75 million in equipment grants to 128 schools
  • $446,000 in program grants to 31 schools

An additional $2.2 million in Safe Schools Targeted Grants is earmarked for schools in the second year of an SPO or SRO grant.