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Grants to Indiana Schools, School Corporations, and
Coalitions of Schools to Increase School Safety

Secured School Safety Grant (SSSG)

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Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS)

Deadline Date:

06/30/21 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Indiana schools, school corporations, and coalitions of schools in eligible counties to increase school safety and security. Grant funds may be requested for equipment and technology, threat assessments, training, employing a law enforcement officer or school resource officer, implementing a support services plan, and setting up an active event warning system with the County's Sheriff Department. Applicants must be located in a county that have a county school safety commission.

SSSG funds may be used 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136057

Term of Contract:

Performance Period: September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022

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. For information on county school safety commissions visit the Indiana Department of Education’s website at

Prior to submitting an application for this funding opportunity, applicants must:
1. Be registered within IntelliGrants
2. Be registered as a supplier/vendor with the state of Indiana
3. Be registered as a bidder with the state of Indiana.
4. Have conducted a threat assessment by July 1, 2021
5. Have a memorandum of understanding in place with a community mental health center by July 1, 2021
6. Certify that the school corporation, charter school or accredited nonpublic school is located
in a county that has a county school safety commission

Activities that are ineligible for SSSG funding include, but are not limited to:
- Construction expenditures
- Equipment expenditures such as:
a) Vaping technology
b) Go-bags
c) Stop the bleed kits or other medical supplies
- COVID supplies
- Personnel expenses other than salary and fringe benefits of qualifying personnel
- Items for qualified personnel such as phones, weapons, ammunition, conducted electrical weapons, vehicles or uniforms
- Advanced SRO training
- 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) A requirement to activate an electronic sensor or motion detector are considered “special knowledge or effort,” and is therefore unallowable.
b) A push button to release an electronic lock on the exit side is considered “special knowledge or effort,” and is therefore unallowable.
This list is not a complete list of unallowable expenditures. Applicants should consult with IDHS Grants Management staff regarding any expenditure that does not clearly meet the allowable expense criteria established by IC 10-21-1 et seq. and this SSSG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). If there are allowability questions, please submit a Grants Support Ticket.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Dates to know FY2022 SSSG
- June 30 – Application Period Ends
- September 1 – FY 2022 SSSG performance period begins
- August 31 – FY 2022 SSSG performance period ends
- September 30 – Final requests for FY 2022 SSSG for expenditures due

All items or activities that will be used for the 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. Please contact IDHS Grants Management staff with any questions regarding permissible match items. In the budget summary section of the application, an applicant must provide a description of the anticipated matching fund it intends to use if awarded. For Match Requirements, see and

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

Apply online via IntelliGrants:

If you 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 at or contact IDHS Grants Management staff at Please include “FY22 SSSG” in the subject line for inquires and be succinct yet descriptive of the issue.

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