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AG Yost Announces More Than $6 Million in Grant Funds to Enhance Safety at Ohio Schools


Columbus, Ohio (January 17, 2024) – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced today that $6.7 million in safety grants are now available for public and private schools, charter schools, educational service centers, STEM schools, and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities. This funding, approved as part of House Bill 33 by the 135th General Assembly, aims to bolster school safety across the state for the 2024 academic year.

“Ensuring the safety of our students and educators is a top priority,” said Yost. “These grants provide resources and flexibility for schools to invest in programs and tools that best address their specific needs.”

Key Points:

  • Eligibility: All school districts are eligible for a grant, with a minimum amount of $2,500 or $4.50 per student, whichever is greater, until funds are depleted.
  • Application Process: Applications are open now and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through May 17, 2024, through the Ohio Grants Portal.
  • Funding Flexibility: Schools can utilize the grants for a variety of safety-related initiatives, including:
    • Training: Certification training for school resource officers, active-shooter response training, mental health awareness training for staff, and other relevant training programs.
    • Educational Resources: Materials and programs for all grade levels focusing on safety awareness, bullying prevention, and social-emotional learning.
    • Equipment: Security cameras, communication systems, and other safety-related equipment.
    • Planning and Implementation: Development and implementation of comprehensive school safety plans.

Additional Initiatives:

This year’s grant program builds upon Attorney General Yost’s previous investments in school safety. In 2023, he allocated $4 million for new safety technologies connecting schools directly with law enforcement and $1 million for tactical officer training in response to school shootings.

“We’re committed to a multi-faceted approach to school safety,” Yost said. “These grants are just one piece of the puzzle, alongside technology investments and ongoing training initiatives.”

Schools interested in applying for the 2024 School Safety Grants can visit the Ohio Attorney General’s website for more information and application instructions. Please direct all questions regarding school safety grants to [email protected].