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Safer Schools and Communities Initiative

This program is intended to provide K-12 school districts with funds to improve school security through equipment and technology.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is not currently accepting applications for funding.

The Office of Grants and Research (OGR), in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), will make available $2,910,000 for school districts, educational collaboratives and charter schools to apply for one-time funding to enhance security for the safety of students and staff.  Priority will be given to applicants demonstrating the greatest need, proposing cost-effective solutions to addressing high-priority gaps or weaknesses and who have not received state or federal funding in the past five (5) years for this purpose.  Please note, previous awardees are eligible and encouraged to apply but preference will be given to new applicants.  Consideration will also be given to schools that are taking meaningful steps to establish a safer and more supportive school climate in order to reduce instances of violence.


Program Eligibility:

A school district, educational collaborative or charter school that certifies it has a Multi-Hazard School Emergency Evacuation and Response Plan already in place, is eligible to apply. 

The School Superintendent, Educational Collaborative or Charter School Executive Director seeking a grant award must sign the application being submitted.  Only one (1) application per school district and one (1) application per charter school is permitted for consideration of funding.  


Safer Schools Grant Recipient Resources

Subrecipient Special Conditions

OGR Authorized Signatory Form

FFY23 Safer Schools and Communities Budget Workbook

Quarterly Reporting for Safer Schools Grant Recipients

FFY23 Safer Schools and Communities Quarterly Reporting Online Form

FFY23 Safer Schools and Communities Technical Assistance Training Session (Recording)

FFY23 Safer Schools and Communities Technical Assistance Training Session Presentation



FFY23 Funding Period Key Dates:

AGF Posted: January 20, 2023

Applications Due: February 17, 2023 by 4:00 pm.

Anticipated Award Announcements: March 2023

Anticipated Grant Period: April 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024


FFY23 Funding Period Application Materials:

FY23 Safer Schools AGF

FY23 Safer Schools Application (Attachment A)

FY23 Safer Schools Budget Workbook (Attachment B)

Authorized Signatory Form (Attachment C)

ICIP Instructions and Forms (Attachment D)

Memorandum of Understanding or Letter of Support on department letterhead (Attachment E) - Please note that there is not a template for this required item.

Contact for Safer Schools and Communities Initiative

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