Our children and grandchildren may no longer be safe at school, and as grant professionals, we must do what we can to improve safety in schools.
As a former educator, the mother of a teacher, and grandmother of a young boy in school, school safety is a constant worry in the back of my mind. Kate Brown once said, “Any threat to the health and safety of a child in any school or classroom is unacceptable” and I could not agree more. Unfortunately, as of October 4, 2018, there had already been 65 school shootings this year in the United States -- that’s right, there have been more school shootings than there are weeks in a year, and the year is not over.
Our children and grandchildren may no longer be safe at school, and as grant professionals, we must do what we can to improve safety in schools. 2019 is almost here, and children need us more than ever to get the proper grant funding to keep them safe while they are at school. Let’s make it our New Year’s resolution to help end school violence.
The new STOP School Violence Act of 2018 and its programs were discussed during a Leveraging Partnerships for Campus Safety session at the 2018 Grant Professionals Association annual conference in Chicago. The legislation makes 100 million dollars available each year until 2028, and focuses on three programs:
There are also many private funders that care about education and school safety. Here are some examples of funds that support school safety initiatives:
Motorola Solutions has teamed up with EducationGrantsHelp.com to help schools get grant funding for their school safety products. A great option for schools is a school-based radio system to connect directly and securely with the radios used by first responders created by Motorola Solutions and SchoolSAFE. SchoolSAFE Certified Ready school personnel are instantly connected to community police, fire, EMS and 9-1-1 call centers for reliable, secure, two-way communication during a crisis. This product can shave minutes off response time with better communication, which can mean the difference between life and death for students or school personnel.
State Farm helps to build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States by providing Good Neighbor Citizen Grants. The issues of community safety have received unprecedented attention in the wake of school shootings such as at Sandy Hook Elementary, Virginia Tech and hurricanes such as Katrina and Sandy. As these diverse yet equally exigent disasters unfold, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board recognizes the importance of keeping our communities safe from natural disasters, social issues and acts of violence. Educational institutions are eligible for these grants that focus on safety, education and community development.