IEMA announces availability of $25 million in grants to enhance
security at schools, campuses
K-12 schools, community colleges and universities can apply for
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[February 04, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — Public elementary
and secondary school districts, community colleges, and state
universities can begin applying for grants to enhance security for
their students and staff under a program announced last week by the
Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Grants totaling $25 million
will be awarded under the program, the Illinois School Security
Grant, administered by IEMA.
"Student safety is a top priority for every school district and
college campus in Illinois," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.
"Through these grants, we can support efforts to enhance school and
campus security throughout the state."
IEMA emailed information
about the competitive grant program to the chief official for each
eligible public K-12 school district, inter-district special
education cooperative, community college and university system in
Illinois. The emails contained secure access information so school
officials can develop and submit their grant application. Only one
application from the eligible entity will be accepted.
Based on a review of national crisis situations and consultation
with key security experts, the state prioritized protective measures
to protect students and staff, such as installing reinforced doors,
shatter-resistant glass and physical locks for the primary public
entrance at schools. Public elementary and secondary schools that
have achieved this baseline capability will be able to implement
other security measures.
Public community colleges and universities may request funding to
install physical security enhancement equipment, inspection and
screening systems, information technology, and interoperable
communication equipment for academic classroom buildings.
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Grant applications are due no later than March 14.
Applications will be evaluated on a number of criteria, including
known hazards, threats and risks; ability of the project to enhance
student safety; existence of a current emergency operations plan at
the facility where the project is planned; ability to complete the
project within the grant period; and more.
Grant awards are expected to be announced this spring.
More information about the grant program is available at
Emergency Management Agency
file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]