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Connecticut School Safety Standards

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Connecticut School Safety Standards

School Security Competitive Grant Program 

At the beginning of February this year, Gov. Ned Lamont announced the School Security Competitive Grant Program, comprised of two grants, which will release a total of $15 million in funding and assist with the implementation of needed security infrastructure improvements and upgrades to emergency communication systems at schools throughout Connecticut. Since 2013, more than $88 million has been allocated to these kinds of programs.

The grant programs include the School Security Grant Program (SSGP) and the Multi-Media School Security Grant Program (MMSSGP), and they are available for public and nonpublic K-12 schools and eligible childcare centers or preschools that can demonstrate that they have received threats. The programs are jointly administered by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Connecticut State Department of Education.

School Security Grant Program (SSGP)

The School Security Grant Program (SSGP) provides funding to schools, allowing them to implement security improvements on their campuses. These improvements are limited to physical security infrastructure.

Multi-Media School Security Grant Program (MMSSGP)

The Multi-Media School Security Grant Program (MMSSGP) provides funding to schools, allowing them to implement multi-media security projects that create a direct line of communication between the school and law enforcement.

Eligible Projects

School Security Grant Program – projects eligible under SSGP include:

    • internal and external cameras (that do not transmit to law enforcement)
    • portable entrance security devices
    • panic alarm systems (that do not transmit directly to law enforcement)
    • communications systems, such as internal radios or public address systems
    • door and window enhancements, such as window film, solid core doors, and ballistic glass
    • access control systems, such as computer controlled locks, scan card systems, and door buzzer systems
    • fencing
    • security lighting
    • bollards
    • vendor provided training (only vendor provided training on new equipment purchased under the grant program)
    • and other projects are determined eligible

Multi-Media School Security Grant Program – projects eligible under MMSSGP include:

    • internal and external cameras that transmit real-time video to law enforcement
    • panic alarm systems that transmit real-time notifications directly to law enforcement
    • radio systems that tie into law enforcement
    • integration of current systems to provide direct line of communications to law enforcement
    • vendor provided training (only vendor provided training on new equipment purchased under the grant program)
    • and other projects are determined eligible.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants for both grant programs include:

    • K-12 public schools
    • Regional Education Services Centers (RESC)
    • The governing authority for a state charter school
    • State technical high schools
    • Incorporated endowed high school or academy
    • Nonpublic / private schools
    • Licensed childcare centers or preschools

Award Caps & Match Requirements

Award Caps

    • There is no award cap for public schools.
    • For nonpublic schools, there is an award cap of $100,000.00 total ($50,000 per school/location).

Match Requirements


    • There are match requirements for both the SSGP and MMSSGP.
    • For nonpublic schools, there is a match requirement of 50% (50% state share plus 50% school match).
    • For public schools, a match percentage is determined by their town’s wealth index.
    • For state technical schools, there is no match requirement.
    • For more information on the match percentages, please reference the DAS School Construction Reimbursement Rate Form SCG1060.

Ready for Next Steps?

How to Apply

Both SSGP and MMSSGP have two-part applications, Part I and Part II. Part I includes a fillable PDF to identify your schools’ demographics, points of contact, project narrative, and budget. Part II is a security self-assessment survey completed online with assistance from law enforcement. Both parts must be submitted to be considered for funding.

If a district is applying for more than one school, one Part I should be submitted per district and one Part II should be submitted per school.

Learn more here.

Applying for Multiple Grants

A school/district, whether public or nonpublic, can apply for both SSGP and MMSSGP; however, nonpublic schools are ineligible to apply for or receive an award greater than $100,000  between the two programs.

SSGP / MMSSGP Applications

Please note, there are separate applications for SSGP and MMSSGP, as well as for public and nonpublic schools and districts. Before submitting, please make sure you are completing the appropriate application Part I.

If you are applying for both SSGP and MMSSGP, only one self-assessment survey per school should be submitted.

Learn more here.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for both programs has been extended to Friday, April 28, 2023, 3pm EST.

Public schools and nonpublic schools should select the correct application documents to complete. The applications for public and nonpublic schools have different requirements. Learn more here.


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