The Indiana Secured School Safety Board is giving more than $22.9 million in matching state grants to 425 schools, the largest number ever to apply.
More than 400 schools receive grants for safety upgrades
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Since the board’s creation in 2013, Indiana has invested more than $132.9 million in school safety, with $19 million being distributed in the past two years, according to a press release.

“We continue to prioritize investments in school safety to help students and staff succeed without the worry of violence in Hoosier schools,” said Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. “This funding allows schools to address their specific safety needs through additional personnel and programs designed to prepare for and prevent school violence.”

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security administers the Secured School Fund. Eligible expenses include law enforcement officers in schools, equipment and technology, and firearms training for teachers and staff where permitted. Schools then match those grant funds at 25%, 50% or 100%.

“These grants allow Indiana to make a real and tangible impact on students, staff, and administrators at schools across the state,” said Rusty Goodpaster, director of the Secured School Safety Board. “We’re proud to be able to help make these schools safer while Hoosier kids receive a world-class education.”