$25 Million in State Grant Funding Awarded to Support School Safety Initiatives in Michigan

Contact: Jason Guthaus, MSP Grants & Community Services Division, 517-284-3870

March 27, 2019

The Michigan State Police (MSP) today announced that 135 public school districts, 66 non-public schools, 20 public charter schools and nine intermediate school districts / regional educational service agencies will receive $25 million in state grants from the 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program to improve the safety and security of students, staff and school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment.

“Safety for our children should always be a top priority,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Every parent should have the peace of mind that their children are receiving an education that allows them to achieve their dreams under the safest possible conditions.”

A complete list of award recipients is available at www.michigan.gov/cjgrants.  Grant recipients will have until June 1, 2020, to spend their awards.

Grant applications were reviewed by a committee that included representatives from the MSP, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools and other school safety professionals.    

In total, 366 applications were received, requesting over $46 million in funding for security enhancements.  Per the appropriation, priority was given to applicants who had not received school safety grant funds in the past.