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Overview

Key grants for school security funding include:

Stimulus Funding: Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)

In response to the pandemic, Congress approved the CARES, CRRSA and ARP acts that specifically contain funds designated for elementary and secondary schools to help address social-emotional learning, learning loss, technology gaps, and safe buildings so every student has the resources they need to learn in person, in a safe and healthy environment.

These funds are referred to as ESSER funds and can be used for:

  • Touchless and contactless solutions that eliminate the risk of transmission by reducing the number of high traffic touch points in high traffic areas.
  • ADA compliant solutions.
  • Doors and hardware, as they are vital to fire and life safety and can impact air quality.

Learn more in the Allegion information sheet on ESSER funding.

 

Stimulus Funding: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

As with the ESSER funds above, the CARES, CRRSA and ARP acts also specifically contain funds designated for institutions of higher learning. These funds are referred to as HEERF and were issued to help institutions support student grants, recover lost costs due to the pandemic, and re-open to in-person classes in the fall.

HEERF funds can be used on openings to help monitor and suppress Coronavirus. Touchless and access control solutions make openings safer by:

  • Eliminating the spread of virus at multiple touch points on campus.
  • Allowing for remote access of buildings and rooms on campus.
  • Capturing data that can be used for contact tracing as students and staff move around the campus, preventing further spread of the virus.
  • Improving security, as smart and mobile credentials provide a higher level of security than some other credential technologies.

Learn more in the Allegion information sheet on HEERF funding.

 

Title I, Part A – Improving Basic Programs (by the Department of Education, Office of Safety and Healthy Students)

This formula grant provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families.  Its purpose is to ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. This funding includes uses for well-being, which encompasses security and safety.

This grant can be used for adding and improving access control, classroom security, perimeter security, compartmentalization and creating healthy environments.  Learn more.
 

Title IV, Part A - Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program (SSAE) (by the Department of Education, Office of Safety and Healthy Students)

This formula grant provides students with access to a well-rounded education, improved school conditions for student learning, and improved use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy for all students.

This grant can be used for adding and improving access control, classroom security, perimeter security, compartmentalization and creating healthy environments. Learn more.
 

Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Act Program (by the Department of Education, Office of Safety and Healthy Students)

Part B of this formula grant assists states in providing a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for children with disabilities, ages three through 21.

This grant can be used for ADA compliant products, electronic and access control products when used to assist disabled users who would have difficulty depressing a door actuator and upgrading knobs to levers to meet ADA requirements. Learn more.

 

Although Allegion cannot help school districts obtain funding, we are happy to answer any questions you may have or connect you with our independent funding expert.