School safety grant program: details released

The details and application procedures for the $100 million school safety grant program have been released by Attorney General Brad Schimel.  The grant program, administered by the Office of School Safety at the WI Department of Justice (WisDOJ), will use the Egrants system and online grant applications must be submitted on or before June 8, 2018.

Some highlights from the grant application instructions:

  • A total of $100 million in state funds are available for new school safety projects.  Approximately $35,000,000 will be made available in the “Primary Security” category to assist applicants in achieving a security baseline.  Approximately $65,000,000 will be made available in the “Advanced Security” category to improve school safety beyond minimum standards.
  • The only eligible expenses under the Primary Security tier are for interior classroom door locks and shatter-resistant film for entry glass at the main school entrance.
  • Schools may apply for both categories of funding, but should only submit one grant
    application. This single grant application is utilized for both grant categories.
  • All expenses must be new and grant funding cannot be used to replace existing or budgeted state or local government dollars.
  • WisDOJ grant programs are funded on a reimbursement basis, meaning that during the grant period, funded projects will track approved expenditures and request
    reimbursement from DOJ through quarterly financial reports.  (Schools will receive grant funding on a reimbursement basis rather than an advance funding basis.)

School leaders should note that there are a number of  prerequisites that applicants must meet in order to be considered for grant funding. These are identified on pages 6 and 7 of the application document.