Horn encourages schools to apply for safety grants

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn is encouraging area schools to apply for a new set of state grants to make important safety improvements.

“All children deserve a safe environment where they can focus on learning, and parents should feel confident their children are in safe hands when they drop them off at school,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “This grant money has already gone a long way in helping schools make meaningful upgrades to technology or building security and has improved safety for students and peace of mind for parents. I want to encourage all schools in my area to apply for these important grants.”

In 2018, the Michigan Legislature invested an initial $25 million into the Competitive School Safety Grant Program to help improve the safety and security of school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment and through school building safety assessments.

The Michigan State Police in October awarded grants from the program to 188 schools, school districts and regional education agencies throughout the state.

In December, the Legislature put another $25 million into the program for additional grants.

Applications for the second set of grants are due no later than noon on Friday, March 1.

Information about the grants — including applications and instructions — is available by clicking here or by visiting www.Michigan.gov/CJGrants and clicking on the “General Grants School Safety” box.

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