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Wisconsin DOJ Office of School Safety Announces 2nd Round of Safety Grant

On July 24, 2018, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced plans for a 2nd round of grant funding by utilizing the approximately $45 million in remaining school safety money available. The 2nd round will focus on advanced initiatives to bolster student mental health, the creation of local School Safety Intervention Teams (SSIT), and additional physical security upgrades. 

Schools interested in applying for the 2nd round of grant funding must submit a mandatory "intent to apply" to the OSS by August 15, 2018.

Schools applying for the 2nd round of grant funding must agree to send 10% of full-time teachers and counselors to DOJ-approved 12-hour Adolescent Mental Health training by August 31, 2020 and school smay use grant funds to pay expenses incurred (tuition, travel, lodging, meals, substitute teacher pay, etc.) 

Districts that DID NOT apply for the 1st round of grants are eligible for the 2nd round, but will need to satisfy all prerequisites of the 1st round as well as the 2nd.

The 2nd round of funding will be awarded starting in October.

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The 2018 School Safety Initiative is offering $100 million in state funds to support new projects designed to improve K12 school safety. Authority for this program is 2017 Wisconsin Act 143 which states that: "the department of justice shall award grants for expenditures related to improving school safety. The department shall accept applications for a grant under this subsection from school boards, operators of independent charter schools, governing bodies of private schools and tribal schools." 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applications for programs and projects related to school violence. Proposed expenditures should enhance or improve upon existing school or district efforts to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and/or recover from violence. 

Approximately $35 million will be available for primary security measures, such as door locks and security glass for main entrances. An additional $65 million will be available for advanced security measures.

Click here to view the School Safety Initiative Grant Announcement

Click here to view the Department of Justice Resource List

Partner Offerings

1. Application Prerequisites               

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) &Trauma Informed Care/Trauma Sensitive Schools (TIC/TSS) Training

Building Access Control

Door Screening

2. Primary Security Expenditures      

Classroom Door Locks

School Entry Glass

3. Advanced Security Expenditures  

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Threat Assessment Team Training

Evidence-based Violence Prevention Programs

Active Shooter Response Training

"Train-the-Trainer" Courses

Security Assessment Training

Door Locks

Shatter-Resistant Film

Visitor Screening Systems

Video Intercom Systems

Law Enforcement Direct Notification Systems

Intrafacility Emergency Communication Systems

Security Cameras

Signage (ex. "Emergency Exit Only")

Fencing & Gates

School Safety Model Practices

Blueprints, Floor Plans, & School Maps (for DOJ)

1. Application Prerequisits
1. Application Prerequisits

CESA Purchasing is the statewide purchasing agency for all K12 schools and educational entities. We will support all schools with the School Safety Initiative Grant. If we are not partnered with a vendor that offers a particular solution your school needs, we will work to create a partnership with a new vendor to create savings and stretch your grant dollars. 

To learn how CESA Purchasing can support your school, contact Jane Wray, CESA Purchasing's Administrator, at 262.473.1470 or


Important Dates:

Round 1

Project start date: June 1, 2018

Application due date: On or before June 8, 2018

Project end date: August 31, 2019

Round 2

Intent to Apply period opens: July 24, 2018

Intent to Apply deadline: August 13, 2018

Grant application opens: August 15, 2018

Grant application deadline: August 30, 2018

Grants announced/awarded: October 2018


Projects include expenditures for or related to:

  • Training
  • Safety-related upgrades to school buildings, equipment, and facilities
  • submission of school safety plans and blueprints to local law enforcement partners and the Office of School Safety

All expenses must be new and cannot replace existing or budgeted state or local government funding.

Grant Approval

Upon application approval, the applicant agency's project director will receive paper grant award documents by mail in approximately 30 days.

Department of Justice grant programs are funded on a reimbursement basis, meaning that during the grant period, funded projects will track approved expenditures and request reimbursement from DOJ through quarterly financial reports. Advanced Security funds may not be released until the applicant's Primary Security Improvements have been completed.

General Grant Tips

  • Attachments should only be included in this grant application where specifically requested in section instructions
  • Clearly label budget line items. Applications that do not clearly categorize funding requests into Primary and Advanced categories will be rejected
  • All applications must be submitted in Egrants on or before 11:59 pm on June 8, 2018

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