2020 Michigan Competitive School Safety Grant Program

by | Jan 31, 2020 | Education, Funding


Hey everyone, it’s Adam at Macro Connect, and I’m here to announce that the Competitive School Safety Grant program is back for fiscal year 2020. This is a great opportunity for your school or district to get access to funding to help upgrade or install safety-related features in your buildings. Over the next couple minutes, I’ll share a very brief overview of the program, the eligibility requirements, the application timeline, and what you need to submit a successful application. Now applications are due by March 27th and there’s a lot to do, so let’s get to it.

Now to give you a little context, the Competitive School Safety grant program is funded by the Michigan State Government and administered by the Michigan State Police. Its goal is “to improve the safety and security of students, staff and school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment.” This year, there is $10 million in funding up for grabs.

Eligibility Requirements

There are three requirements for eligibility:

  1. You first need to have a recently updated Emergency Operations Plan, or EOP, that aligns with the State of Michigan EOP.
  2. Ensure the Michigan Department of Education is aware of your EOP. You should have notified them the last time you updated it.
  3. You need to be in compliance and have a good record of filing incident reports within 24 hours of any incident.

If you’ve got these three requirements covered, you can get started on your application. As I mentioned, the application window opened on January 31st, 2020 and it closes on March 27th, 2020. So let’s keep moving!

Funding Limits & Format

Now, a little detail on the funding. You can either apply as an individual school or as a School District. But no matter how you slice it, the maximum award per school is $50,000 and the maximum award per district is $250,000. Let’s look at a couple examples:

  • If you apply as an individual school, you can win up to $50,000.
  • If you apply as a school district, you can win up to $250,000 but only if that funding will be used at five or more school buildings.
  • But let’s say 6 different schools from your district each apply for funding individually. In that situation, they can each win an individual maximum of $50,000 but only a combined maximum of $250,000 because they’re from the same district.

It’s also important to remember that the grants are awarded as reimbursements for eligible expenditures. This means that your school or district will pay for the project out of pocket, and if awarded the school safety grant, will be reimbursed for applicable funding.

Eligible Expenses

Now you might be wondering, “What kind of expenses are eligible?” Great question! There are quite a few categories including everything from exterior doors to technology systems. These categories include Intercom and PA Systems, Panic Button and Alert Systems, Digital Signage, and Security Camera Systems and Components. You can learn a lot more about these categories in a past blog post about the program.

How Macro Connect Can Help

With just a few weeks to get your applications completed there’s no time to waste. And if you need any help with your application, Macro Connect is here for you. Not only does our team have many years of experience installing and managing school safety technology, but we have significant experience consulting schools on building a strong application for SSG funding. In 2019, 80% of the schools we helped were awarded funding.

To give you an idea of what it’s like to work with Macro Connect, we will start by having a discovery meeting in which we’ll identify your school or district’s biggest needs pertaining to security. We’ll discuss any recent updates, your current budget, and your goals. We’ll then assess your school environment by looking at existing security systems like Intercom and PA systems, Video Surveillance Systems, and Signage. Then we sit down for a strategic planning session to outline what kind of projects are feasible and which projects will maximize the value of any grant funding.

You will need to fill out the actual application, but Macro Connect’s technology leadership team will be there to guide you throughout the process, which will include helping you build a budget that will stand up to the scrutiny of the evaluating committee.

Get Started Today!

If you’re interested in taking the next step, you can start by downloading our checklist to identify what areas your school or district needs the most help with.

If you’re ready to get started working on your application with us, send us an email, or give us a call at the number below!

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