Sen. Ruth Johnson urges local schools to apply for safety grants

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ruth Johnson is encouraging area schools to apply for a second round of state grants to make important safety improvements.

“All children deserve to feel safe at school,” said Johnson, R-Holly. “Many schools have already made important safety upgrades, and the state is investing another $25 million to help more schools make these critical improvements.

“I encourage schools to take advantage of this program by applying for a competitive grant to help with the cost of any security upgrades they might be planning.”

Since 2018, the state has invested a total of $50 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 as well as through school building safety assessments.

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

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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