Virtual Information Sessions – send email to email@example.com for the TEAMs meeting link (indicate which session you would like to attend.)
- Public Schools – MM SSGP and R5 SSGP – Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 1:00 pm
- Private Schools- MM SSGP and R5 SSGP – Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 10:00 am
- Public Schools – MM SSGP and R5 SSGP – Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 1:00 pm
- Private Schools – MM SSGP and R5 SSGP- Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 10:00 am.
The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) is announcing the release of two competitive grant programs for Public and Non-Public Schools. Public Act 20-1 established funding for two competitive grant programs:
- Multi-Media Interoperable Communications Systems (MM SSGP), and
- Round 5 of the School Security Competitive Grant Program (R5 SSGP)
Separate applications are provided for eligible public schools and non-public schools under each program. Application materials can be found under the Apply tab to the left.
Due Dates for both Programs:
- Part 1:Due June 15, 2021 by 3 PM (emailed Excel Application)
- Part 2: Due June 30, 2021 by 3 PM (Safe Schools Checklist entered on-line)
Multi-Media Interoperable Communications Systems (MM SSGP)
What is meant by “school security projects that involve multimedia interoperable communications systems?” This grant sets aside $5 million for schools to be able to purchase interoperable systems that are capable of transmitting communications or notifications to law enforcement agencies and/or their call centers. Of the $5M, 10% or $500,000 is available to eligible non-public schools, child care centers and pre-schools and 90% or $4,500,000 is available to eligible public schools.
For a camera, radio, panic button, Internet of Thing (IoT) system to be included in this application, it must include the capability of transmitting communications/notifications to law enforcement and/or their call centers. It can also include system(s) that integrate existing cameras, radios, panic buttons, etc. for transmission over internet protocol to first responders and/or their call centers. The goal is to make communications and information sharing between first responders and schools as quick and seamless as possible. Each school can consider its needs and design a system that it as practical as possible.
Round 5 of the School Security Competitive Grant Program (R5 SSGP)
Public Act 20-1 also provided $5 million for Round 5 of SSGP. Of the $5M, 10% or $500,000 is available to eligible non-public schools, child care centers and pre-schools and 90% or $4,500,000 is available to eligible public schools.
Eligible projects under SSGP include: Door locks, Penetration Resistant Window Film, Scan Cards- Access Control Systems, Fencing (6’ or higher), Security Lighting, Bollards, Interior and Exterior Camera Systems (that do not meet the definition of multi-media interoperable communications systems), etc.