Security Action for Education (SAFE) Grant
The Security Action for Education (SAFE) Grant was established in 2022, and includes a portion of leftover funding from the Public School Infrastructure Fund, as well as an additional $10 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. This fund will support school security and safety improvements for K-12 public and nonpublic schools throughout New Hampshire.
Here’s what you need to know about the SAFE grant:
- K-12 public and nonpublic schools may apply here: Security Action for Education (SAFE) Grant Application 2022
- Grants will be ranked by Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).
- Applicants are required to submit an application for each school that covers only one project “category.” The categories are: access control, surveillance, and emergency alerting. For example, if you have a district-wide need for replacing door locks, you will need to enter an application for each school. This also means that if you have one school that needs door locks (access control) and notification beacons (emergency altering), you will need to fill out two applications, one for each project category at that school.
- Applicants may submit more than one project per school.
- Early decision grant window closes end of day on July 22 (see more on the award process below).
- Final call for applications closes end of day on August 26.
- Awards will cover 100% of the eligible project costs.
- The maximum award to any one school will be $100,000.
- Projects that have been included in an approved school budget, prior to July 1, 2022, are not eligible for funding.
- Applicants must obligate all funds by June 30, 2023.
- Last day to request reimbursement will be December 31, 2024. The Completion of Project and Request for Payment form will be posted soon.
More on the award process:
- The $13M SAFE grant is funded by two types of funding: $3M of Public School Infrastructure money (state money available for public schools only) and $10M of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money (federal money available to public and nonpublic schools).
- The $3M of state money will be allocated first (AKA: early decision awards). These early decision awards will be granted to the top priority public school applications that are received by end of day on July 22.
- The $10M of federal money will be allocated next. Applications that do not receive an early decision award will automatically be considered for the second allotment of funds, as well as all of the nonpublic school applications. This final round of awards will be granted to the top priority applications that are received by end of day on August 26.
- Announcement of early decision awards will be made in September and announcements of the remaining awards will be made in early fall.
- For planning purposes and estimating costs, all applicants should anticipate the need to meet federal compliance requirements. Documents to assist Grantees in understanding how to manage federal grants are located here; (https://www.education.nh.gov/who-we-are/division-educator-and-analytic-resources/bureau-of-federal-compliance). Should the application be selected for state funding, the applicant will be notified at the time of the award.
- Need assistance with the application? Contact HSEM School Readiness Program at email@example.com.
- Questions about federal compliance? See https://www.education.nh.gov/who-we-are/division-educator-and-analytic-resources/bureau-of-federal-compliance.
- Any other questions? Contact the Department of Education – Bureau of School Facilities: Carrie Gorman Carrie.A.Gorman@doe.nh.gov or Amy Clark firstname.lastname@example.org.
Status and Updates:
- SAFE Grant - Process Outline - Approved by Public School Infrastructure Commission on July 7, 2022
- July 5, 2022 Press Release: Grant applications now being accepted for school security projects
- June 17, 2022 Press Release: More than $10 million approved for school security
- Public School Infrastructure Project List (grants funded between November 2017-December 2020)
Early Decision SAFE Grant Awards Updates: Upcoming November 7 GAN submission deadline and GMS tips:
A reminder to recipients of Early Decision SAFE Grant awards that signed GANS must be uploaded in GMS by Monday, Nov. 7, 2022.
- All GANS require two signatures. For public schools, both the superintendent and school board chairperson must sign. For charter schools, both the school director and the board of trustees chairperson must sign.
- Please do not forget to initial or write n/a for 1.15, in compliance with Ed 321.13- Fire Safety Requirements for construction projects.
- Please initial and date the bottom of each page in the designated space.
Additional tips for GMS:
- When filling in your project information in GMS, please remember to select a Category (Access Control, Emergency Alerting, or Surveillance) from the Category drop-down menu. Your category must match the category you entered on your application.
- Under "Priorities," please enter your project description. Your project description must be entered exactly as you wrote in your application. You will find the description in your answer to number 8 on the application.
- It is important that your project description in GMS is exactly the same as your description in number 8 of the application since that answer was approved for funding. If you write something different, there is no guarantee that it is approved or reimburseable and your application will be returned for correction.
- Email Wanda Strukus with any questions or concerns at email@example.com.