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Grants to Indiana Schools, School Corporations, and
Coalitions of Schools to Increase School Safety

Secured School Safety Grant (SSSG)

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Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS)

Deadline Date:

06/30/22 4:30 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants to Indiana schools, school corporations, and coalitions of schools in eligible counties to increase school safety and security. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Grant funds may be requested for equipment and technology, threat assessments, training, employing a law enforcement officer or school resource officer, implementing a support services plan, and setting up an active event warning system with the County's Sheriff's Department. Applicants must be located in a county that has a county school safety commission.

SSSG funds may be used to:

  1. Employ a school resource officer (SRO); employ a law enforcement officer (LEO); provide school resource officer training described in IC 20-26-18-1(c); enter into a contract or memorandum of understanding (MOU) with local law enforcement agency, private entity or non-profit corporation to employ an SRO or LEO within the school; and/or
  2. Purchase equipment and technology to:
    • Restrict access to school property; or
    • Expedite notifications to first responders; and/or
  3. Conduct a threat assessment; and/or
  4. Provide firearm and self-defense trainings; and/or
  5. Cover initial set up costs for an active event warning system with the County’s Sheriff Department. (no match requirement); and/or
  6. Implement a student and parent support services plan.

For information regarding eligible invoices, see: https://www.in.gov/dhs/files/fy23-sssg-nofo.pdf#page=8

For information regarding items eligible for funding, see: https://www.in.gov/dhs/files/fy23-sssg-nofo.pdf#page=9

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136057

Estimated Size of Grant:

A school can apply up to $100,000 in grant funds.

Term of Contract:

Performance Period: September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include school corporations, accredited non-public (i.e., private) schools, charter schools and coalitions of school corporations applying jointly located in a county that have a county school safety commission. For information on county school safety commission contact your local sheriff's department.

Prior to submitting an application for this funding opportunity, applicants must:
1. Be registered within IntelliGrants
2. Have an active bidder number with the state of Indiana.
3. Have an active supplier number with the state of Indiana.
4. Have conducted a threat assessment.
5. Have a memorandum of understanding in place with a community mental health center or employ a provider certified or licensed by the state to provide mental or behavioral health services to students.
6. Certify that the school corporation, charter school or accredited nonpublic school islocated in a county that has a county school safety commission
7. Sign up for grant updates.

Virtual charter schools or virtual accredited nonpublic schools are not eligible for funding pursuant to IC 10-21-1-0.5. For purposes of the Secured School Safety Board and the SSSG, a virtual school is defined as any school (including private and charter schools) that offer student instruction at 51 percent (or more) off-site or off-campus through virtual distance learning, online technology or computer-based instruction.

Activities that are ineligible for SSSG funding include, but are not limited to:
- Construction expenditures
- Equipment expenditures such as:
a) Vaping technology
b) Go-bags
c) Stop the bleed kits or other medical supplies
- COVID supplies
- Personnel expenses other than salary and fringe benefits of qualifying personnel
- Items for qualified personnel such as phones, weapons, ammunition, conducted electrical weapons, vehicles or uniforms
- Pre-award expenditures (i.e., expenses incurred prior to the notification of the award/performance period).

Additionally, equipment and technology purchased with SSSG funds cannot:
- Violate existing fire and building codes and regulations;
- Impede the ability to safely exit a structure; or
- Require a key or special knowledge to exit a space.
a) A requirement to activate an electronic sensor or motion detector are considered “special knowledge or effort,” and is therefore unallowable.
b) A push button to release an electronic lock on the exit side is considered “special knowledge or effort,” and is therefore unallowable.
This list is not a complete list of unallowable expenditures. Applicants should consult with IDHS Grants Management staff regarding any expenditure that does not clearly meet the allowable expense criteria established by IC 10-21-1 et seq. and this SSSG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). If there are allowability questions, please submit a Grants Support Ticket.

Funds must be used to supplement existing funds for project activities. Funds cannot replace (i.e., supplant) non-federal funds that have been appropriated for the same purpose.

Pre-Application Information:

The application will close at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Dates to Know: FY2023 SSSG
2022
- June 30 – Application period ends
- September 1 – FY 2023 SSSG performance period begins

2023
- August 31 – FY 2022 SSSG performance period ends
- September 30 – Final requests for FY 2023 SSSG for expenditures due

Vendor Registration with the State of Indiana:
- The term supplier has replaced the term "vendor" with the state of Indiana. Applicants must be an active supplier number in good standing with the state of Indiana. To register as a supplier number with the state, please visit the State of Indiana Auditor’s website at: https://www.in.gov/auditor/924.htm and complete the W-9 Form and Automated Direct Deposit Authorization Agreement SF# 47551. Applicants must use the legal name of the entity registered with the IRS on these forms.
- To assist in this process, title the subject line as “Supplier Number Application for [insert your applicant name here] FY23 SSSG”. The forms then will be given to a project manager to ensure a timely registration. Please plan accordingly and allow for a minimum of ten (10) business days for this registration process to be completed once forms have been submitted. IDHS must relay this information to the Auditor’s office for processing and does not have control over the speed at which the vendor form is processed. High volume requests to the Auditor’s office will sometimes delay this process more than two weeks.

The SSSG is a matching and reimbursement grant. All items or activities that will be used for the SSSG match requirement must be program allowable. This means that the match must be dollar-for-dollar (cash) or in-kind services that would otherwise be eligible for SSSG funding. Please contact IDHS Grants Management staff with any questions regarding permissible match items. In the budget summary section of the application, an applicant must provide a description of the anticipated matching fund it intends to use if awarded.

FAQs: https://www.in.gov/dhs/grants-management/grants-management/grants-frequently-asked-questions/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online via IntelliGrants: https://intelligrants.in.gov/Login2.aspx?APPTHEME=INGRT

Please send completed vendor registration forms to the IDHS Grants Management staff inbox: grants@dhs.in.gov.

If you have any questions about the information contained within the NOFO or need technical assistance in completing a grant application, please submit a Grants Support Ticket at https://www.in.gov/dhs/grants-management/grants-management#supportTicket-label or contact IDHS Grants Management staff at grants@dhs.in.gov. Please include “FY23 SSSG” in the subject line for inquires and be succinct yet descriptive of the issue.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security
302 W. Washington St. Room E208
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-2222

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