IEMA encourages public schools, colleges to submit school security
grant application by March 14
$25 million in grants to be awarded for security enhancements
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[March 08, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois
Emergency Management Agency encourages public elementary and
secondary school districts, community colleges, and state
universities to submit their applications for a portion of $25
million in grants to be awarded under the Illinois School Security
Grant program. The deadline for submitting applications is March 14.
"We encourage every eligible school district and college campus to
submit a grant application," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "We
want to support as many security enhancement projects as possible
throughout the state with the available funding."
program is focused on measures that will enhance security for
students and staff at elementary and secondary schools, such as
installing reinforced doors, shatter-resistant glass and physical
locks for the primary public entrance at schools. Schools that have
achieved this baseline capability will be able to implement other
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.
Monken said security equipment that is available through this
grant program is only a component of a school's preparedness.
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"To truly protect students, schools need to actively participate
in other internal and communitywide preparations for an emergency,"
Monken said. "A comprehensive program to protect students must
involve local public safety and include ongoing planning, training
Only one application per public school district, community
college or university will be accepted. Grant awards will be
announced this spring. More information about the
security grant program is available at
Schools should direct questions to
Emergency Management Agency file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]
Preparedness information is also
available through the Ready Illinois