Kortz: School Safety and Security grant program to include sizable increase

Funds to be used to help schools with COVID-19 response

HARRISBURG, June 1 – A competitive grant program to help school districts is slated to receive additional support for the 2020-21 school year, state Rep. Bill Kortz announced.

Kortz, D-Allegheny, voted in favor of two measures to boost funding for the Pennsylvania School Safety and Security Grant Program to $215 million. The program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, helps school districts with security equipment upgrades and safety programs.

“As schools across the state work to reopen, it’s vital they have the financial support necessary to clean and sanitize their schools and get them ready for teachers, students and administrators,” said Kortz. “This program will allow schools to use the grant funds toward those purchases and support the creation of programs to help students and staff with any mental health issues or concerns they may have related to the pandemic.”

The grant program was created in 2018 and since that time has awarded approximately $60 million in grants statewide to help schools with security and safety equipment purchase and to finance crisis training for educators.

More information can be found at this link: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx