Yaw: Funding Available to Help Schools Meet Health and Safety Needs

Application Deadline is Aug. 31

HARRISBURG – Schools throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties can apply now to receive additional grant funding to protect the health and safety of students, teachers and school employees, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).

“As part of this year’s budget negotiations, the Legislature made a historic investment in the safety of Pennsylvania’s students and staff,” Yaw said. “This includes $95 million for school safety and security grants and an additional $95 million for school mental health grants.”

The deadline to apply for these grants is Aug. 31.

Applications will only be accepted through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Egrants system. Please note that a separate grant submission is required for mental health and physical school safety funds.

Participating school districts will receive a $100,000 base amount for mental health and a $100,000 base amount for physical school safety initiatives ($200,000 minimum total), and an additional amount based on their 2020-21 Average Daily Membership (ADM).

All other eligible school entities (i.e., intermediate units, area career and technical centers, charter schools, regional charter schools and cyber charter schools) will receive $70,000 for mental health activities and $70,000 for physical security enhancements ($140,000 total).

More information on the grant program, application process, and allowable uses are available here:

https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Documents/School%20Mental%20Health%20Safety%20and%20Security%20Funding%20Announcement%20FINAL.pdf

“We all share a common goal of keeping our kids safe,” Yaw added.

For more state-related news and information, visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.