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Grants to Keep Your School Safe

Thu, Oct 8, 2015 @ 10:10 AM / by Michelle Hansen

school_safetySadly, school safety is back in the news with the recent tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. TheGrantHelpers put an emphasis on school safety in 2012 when 20 children and six adults were shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We doubled our efforts to find grants to help you secure your schools, and released our "School Emergency Preparedness Overview" to help you see how prepared your school is for an emergency.


It might be a good idea to create a list of equipment and items that are necessary to make your school safe. Of course, each list will vary based on your school's needs but some items you may want to have on your list include:

  • Security system such as cameras
  • Improved school lighting
  • ID card readers on entryways
  • Fixed lock entry doorways
  • New solid doors
  • Fences to create definite school boundaries
  • Programs to educate staff, students

Just as important to physical equipment are the procedures put in place to use them, and periodic drills and walk-throughs to assure preparedness.

Funding your your list of school security needs is often a challenge. To help you get a good start, below are selected grant opportunities that may be of interest.


Two major programs helping to fund school security are included under the umbrella of the US Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant programs. There are two COPS programs that fund school security needs: Community Policing Development (CPD) and COPS Hiring Program (CHP). In Fiscal Year 2015 CPD funded projects related to a number of public safety topic areas totaling $6 million. The COPS Hiring Program awarded 209 grants this fiscal year to hire or rehire police officers. Special consideration was given to those applicants requesting funding for a School Resource Officer. Funding for both of these programs has already been allocated for this fiscal year. It is expected solicitations for these programs will appear late spring/early summer.

Video Insight

Video Insight has created the School Security Grant to help schools attain video surveillance systems. In January 2015, the company began giving away one grant per month, and it will continue to do so until the end of the year. K-12 schools as well as colleges are eligible to apply. Each Video Insight School Security Grant recipient will receive the following equipment:

  • 48 Video Insight Video Management Software (VMS) licenses
  • 16 IP video surveillance cameras
  • 1 video encoder
  • 10 years of the Video Insight Software Upgrade Program (SUP)

Insider Tip: The application for this program is fairly short and simple, yet it may be useful to have your IT person help fill out the application. There are some technology specific questions.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

This retail store may not seem like a place to find grants for school security needs. However, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education focuses giving on K-12 public/charter education and community improvement projects. The projects can include building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, and safety improvements. Grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000. The fall application cycle ends Oct. 16. That deadline too soon? This foundation accepts applications again in the spring.

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?”


Our team of experts can help you find funds for all your pressing needs from school security to municipality projects to non-profit programs in general. The first consultation with a Grant Helper with expertise in your specific area of need is always free. Don’t delay and contact us today.


Photo Credit: Jason Lawrence

Topics: education, emergency preparedness grants, disaster preparedness, emergency preparedness

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