Harrisburg, PA – A couple of our local school districts are getting school safety grants that would help them improve security in the buildings.

Clearfield, Curwensville, and West Branch School Districts, along with the Central Intermediate Unit 10 were all among the schools that got the grants in Clearfield County.

All of these schools got a $25,000 grant last fall for school safety, but they also applied for the chance to get additional funding.

The grants can be used for hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.

A total of approximately $40 million was awarded for 234 projects throughout the state in the current round of funding. PCCD received a total of 638 applications totaling $177.6 million for school safety projects in the current Fiscal Year.

In total, the School Safety and Security Grant Program will provide $52.5 million in school safety grants and $7.5 million in community violence prevention grants in the current Fiscal Year.

The grants were awarded by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018.