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Pennsylvania School Safety and Security

Nothing is more important than creating a safe environment for young people. A new grant program will help build stronger partnerships to boost safety and reduce the risk of violence. To better understand its requirements, an overview of the key elements of the Act has been developed and provided in the Overview of Act 44 (pdf).

The grants will be offered as part of a program that was included in this year’s state budget to improve school safety and combat community violence. A total of $7.5 million will be awarded statewide during this fiscal year through June 30th to support community violence prevention programs.

During a series of Senate Majority Policy public hearings on the subject of school violence, this funding was strongly supported by a bipartisan coalition of local schools, state senators and representatives, and communities throughout the state.

Applications and more information about the grants are available on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website under the School Safety and Security heading.

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