ILLINOIS SCHOOL SECURITY GRANT APPLICATION

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is pleased to announce the availability of $25 million in funds for eligible public elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools to make designated safety improvements.

This is a competitive grant program. Successful applicants may be awarded funding up to, but not exceeding, the maximum amount designated in the application (based on the school’s student population). Only one application may be submitted by a K-12 school district, inter-district special education cooperative, public university system or community college located in the State of Illinois.

The deadline for submitting a grant application:

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Only electronic applications received through the Ready Illinois web site (www.Ready.Illinois.gov) will be accepted.

An email from IEMA containing the authorized email and PIN to access the system has been sent to the chief official for each eligible K-12 school district, inter-district special education cooperative, public university or community college system located in the State of Illinois to access the application. Only one authorized email and PIN will be assigned to ensure a single application is submitted by each eligible applicant. Therefore, all applications must be coordinated internally before submission of the single application. Once an application is submitted, it is considered final and may not be revised. If your chief official did not receive the email from IEMA with this authorizing information, please send a request to the following address: ittf.grants@illinois.gov

Purpose / Goal of the Grant Program

The purpose of the Illinois School Security Grant Program is to establish a baseline security level at each eligible public elementary, secondary and post-secondary school located in the State of Illinois. The application from the K-12 school district, inter-district special education cooperative, public university system or community college located in the State of Illinois will outline a specific building district-wide or campus-wide plan to enhance security.

Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: Grants will be awarded to successful applicants to purchase and install baseline physical security enhancement equipment, which includes physical locks, reinforced doors and shatter-resistant glass/film, at the school’s primary public entrance. Schools that self-certify on their grant application that they have achieved this baseline security level will be eligible to purchase and install other physical security enhancement equipment, inspection and screening systems, information technology, and/or interoperable communications equipment for buildings where students are primarily taught in academic classes.

Post-Secondary Schools: Grants will be awarded to successful applicants to purchase and install physical security enhancement equipment, inspection and screening systems, information technology, and/or interoperable communications equipment for buildings where students are primarily taught in academic classes.

Pre-Application Information

Grants will be awarded to successful applicants based on the following criteria:

  1. Necessity of the funding, based on the known school safety hazards, threats and risk identified by the applicant;
  2. Ability of the funding to enhance the safety of the student population;
  3. Evaluation of the likelihood of project completion during the grant period;
  4. Compliance with the National Incident Management System;
  5. Existence of a current Emergency Operations Plan at each educational facility for which funding is sought;
  6. Interoperability with existing equipment (if applicable);
  7. Prioritization of projects by the applicant;
  8. Sustainability of the project; and
  9. Availability of funding.

IEMA reserves the right to deny any grant application or to provide reduced funding to any applicant. Funds received under a school safety grant must be expended within a twelve-month period from approximately May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015. Funds may supplement, but shall not supplant, state or local funds for the same purposes. Supplanting means using school safety grant funds to replace state or local funds which otherwise would have been spent on the project.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please send an email to the following address: ittf.grants@illinois.gov

An instructional video showing how to fill out an application can be found here.