Pennsylvania has opened applications for $155 million in school safety and security grants, including $90 million in new investments for mental health counselors and resources.
“As a new father, I understand how much Pennsylvania parents care about keeping their kids safe at school and healthy in body and mind,” said Lt. Gov. Austin Davis, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and the School Safety and Security Committee.
“Our kids are facing so many pressures, and our schools are dealing with significant challenges,” he added. “The Shapiro-Davis administration is committed to making sure our schools have the resources they need to keep their facilities secure from threats and provide the mental health services and support that our kids need.”
PCCD’s School Safety and Security Committee approved a funding framework to utilize more than $155 million in federal and state school safety funding appropriated in the FY2023-24 budget for a wide range of investments, including:
- $90 million for noncompetitive 2023-24 School Mental Health Grants;
- $18.6 million for formula-based School Safety and Security Meritorious Grants;
- $32.2 million for Competitive School Safety and Security Grants; and
- $14.5 million for Targeted School Safety Grants for Nonpublic Schools.
The seven-week application period will close on Thursday, February 29. More information is available here.