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Secured School Safety Grant (SSSG)

Grants to Indiana School Corporations, Non-Public Schools,
and Charter Schools to Increase School Security

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Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS)

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Indiana school corporations, non-public schools, and charters schools, or a coalition of charter schools or school corporations, to increase school safety. Applicants must register with the grant portal prior to applying. Funding is intended to employ security personnel, conduct a threat assessment and firearms training, or purchase equipment to increase school security and enable quick notification to first responders.

Funding is available to:

  1. Employ a school resource officer (SRO); employ a law enforcement officer (LEO); provide school resource officer training described in IC 20-26-18.2(b)(2); enter into a contract or memorandum of understanding (MOU) with local law enforcement agency, private entity or non-profit corporation to employ an SRO or LEO within the school; and/or
  2. Purchase equipment and technology to:
    • Restrict access to school property; or
    • Expedite notifications to local law enforcement and first responders; and/or
  3. Conduct a threat assessment; and/or
  4. Provide firearm and self-defense trainings; and/or
  5. Cover initial set up costs for an active event warning system with the County’s Sheriff Department. (No match requirement); and/or
  6. Implement a student and parent support services plan.

Applicants will be asked to identify the scope of the project by selecting one or more of the following activities:

  • School resource officer/law enforcement officer
  • Threat assessment
  • Equipment/technology
  • Training for SRO(s) or other individuals
  • Implement student and parent support services plan
  • Active event warning system

For details about eligible activities and items, see:

SSSG will reimburse awarded applicants for the salary and fringe benefits of SRO or LEO personnel. An award also supports the costs associated with a 40-hour basic SRO training course. No other items or expenses associated with personnel are reimbursable or allowable as match items for SSSG. A job description of the SRO or LEO must be uploaded during the application period if requesting personnel expenditures.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136057

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Average Daily Membership of 1-500:
- Up to $35,000 at 25% match, or
- Up to $50,000 at 50% match, or
- Up to $100,000 at 100% match

Average Daily Membership of 501-1,000:
- Up to $50,000 at 50% match, or
- Up to $100,000 at 100% match

Average Daily Membership of more than 1,000 or a Coalition: Up to $100,000 at 100% match.

Term of Contract:

Performance period: September 1, 2020 - August 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include school corporations, accredited non-public (i.e. private) schools, charter schools, and coalitions of school corporations applying jointly located in a county that have a County School Safety Commission.

Pursuant to IC 10-21-1-4, the Secured School Safety Board may not award a secured school safety grant to a school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school unless the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school is located in a county that has a county school safety commission.

Personnel must be School Resource Officers or Law Enforcement Officers. For additional information about personnel requirements, see:

Activities that are ineligible for SSSG funding include, but are not limited to:
1) Construction expenditures;
2) Personnel expenses other than salary and fringe benefits of qualifying personnel;
3) Items for qualified personnel such as phones, weapons, ammunition, conducted electrical weapons, vehicles or uniforms;
4) Advanced SRO training; and
5) Pre-award expenditures (i.e. expenses incurred prior to the notification of the award/performance period).

Additionally, equipment and technology purchased with SSSG funds cannot:
- Violate existing fire and building codes and regulations;
- Impede the ability to safely exit a structure; or
- Require a key or special knowledge to exit a space. A requirement to activate an electronic sensor or motion detector are considered “special knowledge or effort,” and is therefore are unallowable. A push button to release an electronic lock on the exit side is considered “special knowledge or effort,” and is therefore are unallowable.

Funds must be used to supplement existing funds for project activities. Funds cannot replace (i.e. supplant) non-federal funds that have been appropriated for the same purpose.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT July 31, 2020.

Prior to submitting an application for this funding opportunity, applicants must:
1. Be registered within IntelliGrants;
2. Be registered as a vendor with the state of Indiana; and
3. Be registered as a bidder with the state of Indiana.

Please plan accordingly and allow for a minimum of ten (10) business days for this registration process to be completed once forms have been submitted.

If applicants have any questions about the information contained within the NOFO or need technical assistance in completing a grant application, please submit a Grants Support Ticket. See:

All items or activities that will be used for SSSG match requirement must be program allowable. This means that the match must be dollar-for-dollar (cash) or in-kind services that would otherwise be eligible for SSSG funding. For additional information about matching funds, see:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security
Indiana Government Center-South, Room E208
302 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739

Phone: 317-232-2222
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