School Safety Grants

School Safety Training Grants

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Sept. 24, 2018, he is awarding $12 million in grants to help enhance the safety and security at schools across the state.

Who is eligible? 

Ohio’s public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities.

What will schools receive?

Schools will receive the greater of $2,500 or $5.65 per student to spend toward school safety programs and training. A list of schools and the grant award funds available can be found here: https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Briefing-Room/News-Releases/SchoolGrants_Final

What can schools do with the money?

Funding can be used for school safety and security efforts including, but not limited to:

  1. The support of school resource officer certification training;
  2. Any type of active shooter and school safety training;
  3. All grade-level type educational resources;
  4. Training to identify and assist students with mental health issues;
  5. Any other training related to school safety.

When can schools receive funds?

Application packets with instructions on how to apply were mailed to all eligible entities in September 2018. Funds must be used between Oct. 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

Who do I call if I have questions?

Please contact the Attorney General’s office at (614) 466-6963 or email SchoolSafetyGrants@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov


Safety Grant for Chartered Nonpublic Schools and Preschools

The Security Grants for Chartered Nonpublic Schools and Educational or Child Care Centers program provides funding for eligible security improvements that assist organizations in preventing, preparing for and responding to acts of terrorism. The program awards grants competitively to eligible schools. An equal cost match is required under this program.

Who is eligible? 

Chartered nonpublic schools and educational or child care center programs.

What will schools receive?

Each eligible applicant may apply for up to $100,000 to expand on eligible program costs. All decisions on the grant are in the sole discretion of the Ohio Department of Education and are not subject to appeal or review.

What can schools do with the money?

A chartered nonpublic school and educational or child care center that identifies prevention, preparation and/or response to acts of terrorism may request up to $100,000 for the purchase of equipment or the services of a resource officer for the facility.

When can schools receive funds?

Awardees will be contacted by the Ohio Department of Education if funds will be allocated. The application process is closed for this grant.

Who do I call if I have questions?

Please contact 877-644-6338 or contact.center@education.ohio.gov.


Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation School Safety and Security Grants

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) developed the School Safety and Security Grant Program to assist administrators of Ohio’s educational facilities with ensuring the safety of their staff and students when carrying out the instructional services they provide to children. The program is available to eligible Ohio employers that wish to purchase equipment that will substantially improve the safety and security of licensed educational facilities and reduce the potential for injuries.

Who is eligible? 

The School Safety and Security Grant Program is available to Ohio employers that operate licensed preschool through grade 12 educational facilities, have had a BWC policy for at least two years and have remained in good standing with the BWC.

What will schools receive?

Eligible employers may receive up to $40,000 from the School Safety and Security Grant Program. It is a three-to-one matching program, which means BWC will pay $3 to every $1 the school spends toward the eligible equipment.

What can schools do with the money?

Schools may apply for:

  • Safety interventions such as flooring/floor coatings for reducing slip hazards; lightweight lunch tables that reduce lifting and handling hazards; motorized bleacher systems to reduce manual pushing and pulling forces; safe food fryers; food cutting/slicing equipment; and floor cleaning machines.
  • Incident response equipment such as equipment bags/backpacks stocked with trauma first-aid supplies; two-way communication devices and software designed to directly interface with emergency responder radio systems; and schoolwide panic alarm/panic button systems.
  • Building/grounds/transportation security enhancements such as interior and exterior security doors and mechanisms (for example, panic bars or other fire code compliant door-locking mechanisms, bulletproof glass, bullet resistant coating materials for existing glass); protective vehicle crash barriers at entrances; modifications of building/facility entrances to restrict access; secured keycard systems; metal detectors (fixed or portable); security cameras; and emergency (police dispatch) call poles.

When can schools receive funds?

The program is available starting Nov. 15, 2018, and continues until all School Safety and Security Grant funds are exhausted.

Who do I contact with questions?

Interested employers can visit the School Safety and Security Grant webpage to learn more about the program and to download a fillable PDF version of the application. Questions or inquiries can be submitted via the BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene’s Safety Intervention Grant email box


2018 BJA Stop School Violence Threat Assessment and
Technology Reporting Program

The Ohio Department of Education applied under Category 1 of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program to partner with 501(c)(3) nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise to train and support the development and implementation of school threat assessment teams in Ohio K-12 schools. The grant program will build on the work of the state of Ohio’s Safer Schools Ohio initiative and maximize the state’s ability to reduce school-based violence.

The Department of Education currently is developing the details of the grant and will release information as it becomes available.

Who do I call if I have questions?

Please contact 877-644-6338 or contact.center@education.ohio.gov.