School Emergency Response Grant Programs

Overview

DHSEM is coordinating the grant funding for the School Access for Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program and the School Security Disbursement Program.

Timeline

 

  SAFER Grant Program School Security Disbursement Program

Publish DRAFT rule

July 6, 2018

August 3, 2018

Get stakeholders feedback

July 16, 2018

August 13, 2018

File notice with the State

July 31, 2018

August 31, 2018

Hold hearing

September 5, 2018

TBD

Rule Effective date

October 30, 2018

November 30, 2018

Publish application & guideline

November 2, 2018

December 2, 2018

Applications submission due date

December 3, 2018

January 5, 2019

Award grants

December 31, 2018

March 1, 2019

Period of performance

January 1, 2019 through June 1, 2019

March 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021

 

Yearly program for 6 years

One-time program

 

School Access for Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program

Program Objective

Develop/enhance a seamless communications between school communication systems and first responder communication systems.

Eligibililty

Schools ( school district/public school/charter school/board of cooperative services) and public safety communications system owners.

Allowable Use

Purchase and install interoperable communication hardware, software, equipment maintenance and training for communications between school communication systems and first responder communication systems.

School Security Disbursement Program

Objective

To improve security in public school facilities or vehicles.

Eligibility

Applicant must be a local education provider, including any combination of local education providers who wish to apply together as a single regional applicant, in order to apply.

Allowable Use

The program funds may only be used for the following purposes:

  • Capital construction that improves the security of a public school facility or public school vehicle, including any structure or installed hardware, device, or equipment that protects a public school facility or public school vehicle and the students, educators, and other individuals who attend, work in, or visit a public school facility or are transported in a public school vehicle from threats of physical harm including but not limited to any structure or installed hardware, device, or equipment that:
    • Prevents the entry of unauthorized individuals into a public school facility or a protected space within a public school facility or onto a public school vehicle;
    • Prevents undesired objects and substances from entering a public school facility or public school vehicle;
    • Sounds warnings when a threat is present;
    • Can be used to expedite communication when a threat is present; or
    • Enables authorized individuals to visually monitor the public school facility or its ground or the public school vehicle.
  • Training in student threat assessment, which training is provided to all school building staff who have contact with students;
  • Training for on-site school resource officers employed by the local education provider;
  • School emergency response training for all school building staff