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2019/20 School Safety and Security - Meritorious

Grants to Pennsylvania School Districts for
Security and Safety Programs in State Schools

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Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) - School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC)

Deadline Date:

11/04/19 11:59 PM


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Grants starting at $30,000 to Pennsylvania school districts for security and safety programs in schools throughout the State. Applicants are required to pre-register prior to submitting an application. Funded projects are intended to have long-term impacts that include, but are not limited to, increased security assessments of school buildings, security-related equipment, counseling services for students, school police officers, and enhanced emergency preparedness.

The goals and objectives of the School Safety and Security Grant Program are to make school entities within this Commonwealth safer places. The anticipated long-term impacts resulting from this solicitation include the following:

  • An increase in the number of safety and security assessments of school buildings throughout Pennsylvania;
  • An increase in training opportunities for administrators, teachers, staff and students;
  • An increase in the use of school-wide positive behavioral supports and other evidence-based programs related to   school safety and security;
  • Improvements to district wide school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards plans;
  • An increase in security planning efforts and the purchase of security-related technology and equipment;
  • An increase in the provision of counseling services for students;
  • An increase in the use of school resource officers and school police officers; and
  • An increase in the use of trauma-informed approaches to education.

For eligible program activities and expenses, see pp. 6-8 of the Funding Announcement listed in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186937

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

PCCD expects to fund 500 grants for school districts over the 2019-2020 project period.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each school district shall receive a minimum grant allocation based on their 2017-2018 Average Daily Membership (ADM) as follows:

(1) A school district with an average daily membership greater than 3,900 shall receive a minimum grant allocation of $45,000.
(2) A school district with an average daily membership greater than 2,100 but less than or equal to 3,900 shall receive a minimum grant allocation of $40,000.
(3) A school district with an average daily membership greater than 1,200 but less than or equal to 2,100 shall receive a minimum grant allocation of $35,000.
(4) A school district with an average daily membership of less than or equal to 1,200 shall receive a minimum grant allocation of $30,000.

For the 2017-2018 School District Average Daily Membership Chart, see page 13 of the Funding Announcement listed in Attached Files below.

Term of Contract:

Applications approved at the February 2020 SSSC meeting may not have a project period that starts earlier than July 1, 2019 and may not have an end date that is later than June 30, 2021. The start and end date for each project and the length of the project period may vary according to the applicant, based on the nature of the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility of these funds is open to school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Please note that the Meritorious Application is for school districts only; school entities, including school districts, are eligible to apply for “2019/20 School Safety and Security – Competitive.")

Any item or activity not included in the list of eligible expenses in the grant program Funding Announcement may be deemed ineligible. The SSSC has also determined that retractable safety batons for classroom staff, “Framework for Understanding Poverty” book and workbooks, tactical handcuffs and nylon restraints, and school safety hotlines are ineligible expenses.

Activities supported through funding from the PA Department of Education’s (PDE) Office for Safe Schools or other Federal or State sources are not eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically through PCCD’s Egrants system no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, November 4, 2019.

Successful applications will be presented for consideration at the February 2020 School Safety and Security Committee meeting.

Please Note: Applications are only accepted through PCCD’s Egrants system – which is separate and distinct from the PA Department of Education’s Egrants system. Applicants must register in PCCD’s Egrants system prior to submitting an application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Egrants system and allow adequate time to prepare and submit an application. Dates are as follows:

- Recommended Egrants Agency Registration Date: October 15, 2019
- Recommended Egrants User Registration Date: October 21, 2019

PCCD Program staff will field questions to clarify the funding announcement. Questions must be sent by email to the SSSC. PCCD Staff will post responses to questions, as they are received, on the Funding Announcement Q&A section of PCCD’s website.

Please note: The original Signature Page (i.e., page 2 of your printed application) must be mailed or sent via express delivery services prior to the official awarding of any grant under this funding announcement. Please submit your signature page no later than November 30, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

To register and apply online:

Submit questions by email to (subject line = Meritorious application).

For any technical or system questions, contact and ask for the Egrants Help Desk at (717) 787-5887 or (800) 692-7292, or by emailing to

PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Attention: Grants Management
P.O. Box 1167
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167

Physical Address:
3101 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA

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