As hard as this is to believe, summer is already more than half over for most students, teachers, and school administrators. As the beginning of a new school year draws closer, TheGrantHelpers.com receives more and more inquiries about the high-priority topic of school security and emergency preparedness for schools.
Many schools continuously review, revise, and restock supplies and equipment related to keeping their students safe. In order to assist schools in these tremendously important efforts, we offer this blog, filled with information about grants and resources that may interest anyone trying to fund and/or improve schools’ security and emergency preparedness efforts.
This grant program can be used for planning, purchasing equipment, training, and other school security support efforts. HSGP supports five core mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. In FY 2014, HSGP allocated a total of more than $1 billion to be awarded, spread across three interconnected grant programs: State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), and Operation Stonegarden (OPSG). The deadline for applying for FY 2014 funds was May 23, 2014. However, it would be wise to start planning for applications during the FY 2015 funding cycle. In recent years, applications dates varied, beginning in mid-February to mid-May and being due between May and mid-June.
To learn more about FEMA’s HSGP, visit their website. Keep in mind the information here is from FY 2014, and that application submission deadline is now closed.
According to one portion of its website, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program gave almost $4 million to fund improvements at 940 schools in 2013. Safety improvements were among the projects awarded. The grant also supports technology improvements, outdoor learning areas, and more.
The fall grant cycle opens on August 1, 2014 and includes a simple grant application that can earn your school up to $5,000. For more information, visit the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education website.
The State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants program funds a variety of efforts in the areas of safety and education. Disaster preparedness and disaster recovery are among the programs they support.
Grant applications for 2015 will be available beginning September 2, 2014 through October 31, 2014. For more information, visit the Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants website.
The following are various school security and emergency preparedness resources that may interest schools as they plan emergency response efforts or make their case for emergency preparedness or school security funding.
This website provides many additional resources for emergency preparedness and security for schools.
This PDF document is a detailed guide for creating emergency preparedness plans.
This website includes a crisis planning guide and other information that can help school leaders plan for emergencies, including natural disasters, violent acts, and terrorist acts.
This website includes information on the steps you should take to be prepared in the face of disasters. There is also a “Kids” section that includes fun activities and games of kids, parents, and teachers.
This PDF contains a two-page checklist of security readiness items in four common readiness categories (Mitigation and Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) drawn from various authoritative sources.
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- COPS Grant Program Announced (Note: This grant deadline has passed, but this would be worth keeping in mind for future grant competitions.)
There are many, many grants and resources out there for school security and emergency preparedness. Keep in mind that in this blog, we have only featured a select few. If you are interested in learning more about grants for school security or grants for emergency preparedness that may fit your funding needs, please do not hesitate to contact us. One of our specialists would be happy to assist you, and remember, our initial consultations are always free.
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