The Ohio Attorney General's Office announced Thursday that $11.77 million in safety grants are available to Ohio schools through Dave Yost's office for the 2023-24 school year.

According to the press release, a limited number of ‘Innovation Grants’ of up to $20,000 will be awarded for technology that links schools with law enforcement agencies for improved safety, crime prevention and response.

The grants can be used for one building or multiple buildings within a district. The money is expected to be used for crisis-response technology designed to alert law enforcement of potential safety breaches on school property, including but not limited to:

  • Systems allowing immediate camera access to responding law enforcement
  • Silent panic alarms
  • Shot detection technology
  • License plate reader alerts for registered sex offender vehicles
  • Protection order alert systems
  • Wanted dangerous person alert systems

In addition to the innovation grants, Ohio schools are eligible for safety grants of $2,500 or $5.50 per student, whichever amount is greater. The funding can be used for: 

  • Certification training for a school resource officer.
  • Any active-shooter or school-safety training or equipment.
  • Educational resources for all grade levels.
  • Training to identify and assist students with mental health issues.
  • School supplies or equipment related to school safety or for implementing a school-safety plan.
  • Any other training related to school safety.

“Every second counts when law enforcement is responding to a crisis in our schools – and every dollar we can provide can help buy time to save lives,” Yost said.

Any public schools, charter schools, educational service centers, STEM schools, and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities may apply for the grant funding, which comes from House Bill 110 which was co-sponsored by US Rep. Michael Rulli.

Grant applications may be submitted via the Ohio Grants Portal.

Applications are due by Feb. 28, 2023.