The Department of Education has not yet published an official announcement, but we understand from our contacts that there will not be funding for the Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) grant program this year. As we mentioned in What's Happening to the REMS Grant Program?, the REMS grant program has already been cut in the FY2012 Budget Request. It has been replaced by a new program, Safe, Successful and Healthy Students (SSHS). While emergency readiness and preparedness may be a priority of the SSHS program, the official guidelines have not yet been released and until they are, we cannot be sure of the program's funding priorities.
In addition to the SSHS program, the Department of Education also mentioned another new program - the Schools/Campus Initiative. While the guidelines and priorities are still in draft form, the Department of Education mentioned that they should be released on or around April 25th, 2011, with an expected deadline of June 6th, 2011. Once we have more information on the Schools/Campus Initiative program, we'll post a follow-up on the blog.
If your district was hoping to apply for REMS funding to address emergency preparedness and security issues in your school district, don't lose hope. There are other funding opportunities available that have similar goals to the REMS program. Contact us, and we can discuss your district's options.