Barrett urges local schools to apply for safety grants

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

“Every Michigan student deserves a positive school environment where they feel safe and can focus on learning,” said Barrett, R-Charlotte. “The state is investing another $25 million to help more schools make critical security upgrades, and I encourage all area schools considering safety improvements in the near future to apply for one of these competitive grants by March 1 to help with the cost of these important investments.”

In 2018, the state 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 state 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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