Recent and unfortunate acts of violence in U.S. schools have many wondering how safe their local schools are and how to make them safer. Obvious mitigations include controlling access, adding extra security equipment, and improving school security technologies. However, it is also important to consider less obvious factors as well, such as curbing bullying and better identifying individuals with poor mental health.
In this article, we highlight just a few of the available grant opportunities that fund school safety. We also discuss other noteworthy funding opportunities that support various aspects of violence prevention. For additional information on identifying security risks within your school, or for additional resources on school security, you may want to see our previous blog article, “How Secure Is My School?” You also might consider downloading our “School Emergency Preparedness Overview,” which includes a 2-page checklist, categorized into the four main areas of readiness, that highlights key points for schools and communities to consider when preparing for and dealing with emergencies.
Several national home improvement chains support foundations that offer grants and/or merchandise that can be used to secure school buildings. Consider visiting:
DEADLINE: Varies depending on the type of grant applied for.
DEADLINE: Accepting applications between Feburary 13, 2013 and August 13, 2013.
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grant Program supports both safety and anti-bullying grants. See the following websites for more information:
DEADLINE: Not published. Applications to be made available beginning February 2013.
DEADLINE: Deadlines vary depending on the type of grant applied for.
The New York Life Foundation's: Nurturing the Children Initiative funds anti-bullying programs.
DEADLINE: Applications accepted and reviewed on a continuing basis.
Other foundations that list school safety as an interest include:
DEADLINE: Not published.
DEADLINE: Not published.
Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation, 119 N. Main St., Elgin, TX 78621. Phone: 512-273-2253. (no website)
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