Applications for school safety grants open on August 29

Applications for school safety grants open on August 29


This summer, $25 million in grants to improve school safety will be available for school districts and charter schools through the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Gov. Mark Dayton and the 2018 Legislature passed school safety grants this spring, to be used for building improvements related to violence prevention and facility security.

MDE will begin accepting applications online on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

School districts, charter schools, intermediates and cooperatives interested in receiving a school safety grant may submit separate applications for each school site, for grants of up to $500,000 each. The funds may be used to predesign, design, construct, furnish, and equip school facilities, including renovating and expanding existing buildings.

The grants will be awarded based on criteria to be set by the commissioner, in collaboration with the Minnesota School Safety Center at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, and on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is strongly recommended to submit your applications on the first day applications are accepted.

Find more information on the application process, an upcoming webinar (scheduled for July 24) and resources for additional questions at

School districts or charter schools can contact with any questions or comments.

Visit for MDE’s original press release.

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