We’ve received word from the Department of Justice that the COPS Secure Our Schools grant program will not be offered this spring. The COPS Secure Our Schools grant provides federal funding to police departments to partner with local schools to improve school safety. In addition to security assessments, COPS grants can be used to purchase security equipment, including security cameras and two way radios.
In recent history, grant funding for school security has become scarcer. We’re hopeful that the COPS Secure Our Schools program will be revived next year. In the meantime, schools should contact their state Department of Education to inquire about alternative funding sources for safety needs. Local community foundations can also be a strong resource for educational funding needs.
There are other resources for education funding, however. One program of note that opened recently is the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant, which provides federal funding to increase the number of counselors in schools. Eligible applicants can request up to $400,000 per year for three years to fund staff additions and counseling programs, and in the past, average award sizes have been around $350,000. The deadline to proposals is May 25th, 2012. Competition is stiff. According to Department of Education staff, between 400 and 500 grant applications are received each time a notice is posted, and 40-50 grants are awarded. If your school is interested in learning more about the Counseling grant, contact a Grant Helper today for a free consultation and quote.