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

Secured School Safety Grant (SSSG)


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Funding Source
Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Indiana

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/26/23 4:30 PM EDT Save

Grant Description
Grants to Indiana schools, school corporations, and coalitions of schools in eligible counties to increase school safety and security. Applicants must complete the required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended 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's Department. Applicants must be located in a county that has a county school safety commission.

SSSG funds may be used to:

  1. Employ a school resource officer (SRO) or law enforcement officer (LEO).
  2. Conduct a site vulnerability assessment and/or critical incident digital mapping.
  3. Purchase equipment, hardware, materials, and technology to:
    • Restrict access to school property and classrooms; or
    • Assist with visitor management on school property; or
    • Expedite notification of first responders; or
    • Expedite access to school property for first responders; or
    • Provide school staff with information about the open or closed status of interior and exterior doors; or
    • Detect fire, chemical, visual, or audible threats; or
    • Enhance emergency communications inside the building; or
    • Assist with emergency medical response on school property.
  4. Implement a student and parent support services plan.
  5. Purchase or provide training for a canine trained to detect drugs and illegal substances, explosives, or firearms, or to otherwise provide protection for students and school employees.
  6. Provide funding for school employees to receive training, including expenses for per diem, travel, and lodging related to eligible training.
  7. Provide funding for school resource officers or law enforcement officers to receive training, including expenses for per diem, travel, and lodging, related to handling a trained canine.
  8. Design and construct additions or renovations on school property if the primary purpose is to enhance the physical security of the school building.
  9. Implement a bullying prevention program.
  10. Purchase a one-time non-matching grant to enable school corporations to work with their sheriff to provide the initial set-up costs for an active event warning system.
  11. Provide a response to a threat in a manner that the school corporation or charter school sees fit, including firearms training (curriculum now defined) or other self-defense training or securing funds for counseling in the event of a school shooting.
  12. Purchase student safety management technology.

For information regarding eligible expenses, see:


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 commission contact your local sheriff's department.

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, as described in IC 10-21-1-12.

Virtual charter schools or virtual accredited nonpublic schools are not eligible for funding pursuant to IC 10-21-1-0.5. For purposes of the Secured School Safety Board and the SSSG, a virtual school is defined as any school (including private and charter schools) that offer student instruction at 51 percent (or more) off-site or off-campus through virtual distance learning, online technology, or computer-based instruction.

For unallowable expenditures, see:

Pre-Proposal Conference
SSSG Training Session
IDHS is offering two virtual training sessions with a question-and-answer opportunity via Microsoft Teams. After registering for the training sessions, participants will receive an email containing the link to join the meeting.
- Training session 1: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 10 a.m. EDT
- Training session 2: Wednesday, July 19, 2023 10 a.m. EDT

Pre-Application Information
The FY2024 Secured School Safety Grant application period will open on June 26, 2023, and close at 4:30 p.m. EDT on July 26, 2023.

Before submitting an application, an applicant should:
1. Be registered within IntelliGrants.
2. Be registered as an active supplier with the state of Indiana.
3. Be registered as an active bidder with the state of Indiana.
4. Have conducted a site vulnerability assessment.
5. Have a memorandum of understanding in place with a community mental health center or employ a provider certified or licensed by the state to provide mental or behavioral health services to students.
6. Certify that the school corporation, charter school or accredited nonpublic school is located in a county that has a county school safety commission.

The SSSG is a matching reimbursement grant.


Additional information:

Estimated Size of Grant
A school can apply up to $100,000 in grant funds.

Term of Contract
Performance Period: September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024

Contact Information
Apply online (from June 26):

Please send completed vendor registration forms to the IDHS Grants Management staff inbox:

For questions and technical assistance in completing a grant application, please submit a Grants Support Ticket at or contact IDHS Grants Management staff at Please include “FY24 SSSG” in the subject line for inquiries and be succinct yet descriptive of the issue.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security
302 W. Washington St. Room E208
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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