(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Applications are being taken by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security from school districts looking to boost their security.
The Indiana Secured School Safety Grant was created by the General Assembly earlier this year with the passage of Senate Bill 1, which showed its place as a priority for lawmakers. The law establishes the program providing matching grants to put police and other safety measures in schools.
The department began taking applications August 1 and will continue doing so through September 30. Grants would be awarded by November 1.
Franklin County Community Schools represent at least one local school district which is applying for the school safety grant. If it can secure a grant, the district plans to use the funds for a school resource officer at Franklin County High School.
The Secured School Safety Grant Program provides school districts a matching grant of up to $50,000 per year, or $35,000 for districts or schools with less than 1,000 students. The money can be put towards employing a school resource officer, conducting a threat assessment, or purchasing equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders.