LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ken Horn announced on Wednesday that $1 million in grant funding was recently made available through the state of Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.
“The Legislature recently approved numerous measures to make our state a national leader in addressing the issue of sexual assaults, both on and off college campuses,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “This has never been more important after what was brought to light by the abuse at the hands of Dr. Nassar. We are going to continue working to improve the safety of our students.”
Michigan colleges and universities will be able to apply for funding to support new or ongoing efforts to reduce sexual assaults on campus. Applications will be accepted from public and non-public schools.
“These grants have proven to be successful in reducing the number of assaults,” Horn said. “Schools have developed mobile applications, training videos, networks for students and other resources that allow students, faculty and even other schools to work together to expand successful measures and programs.”
This is the fourth wave of grants aimed at ending sexual assault on Michigan’s college campuses since 2015 and is the largest investment in the program’s history. In 2015, the governor called for $500,000 from the fiscal year 2016 General Fund to support the grant program, which the Legislature subsequently approved. An additional $500,000 was authorized in 2017 and another $600,000 in 2018.
Funding for the most recent grant comes from a bipartisan, $1 million appropriation from the fiscal year 2019 General Fund budget.
“When parents send their children off to school, they expect them to be safe,” Horn said. “We need to make sure schools throughout Michigan have the resources they need to ensure the safety of their students.”