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The Indiana Safe School Fund was established as part of our state's commitment to making local schools safer. ICJI is charged with administering and overseeing the implementation of the fund. Pursuant to Indiana Code 5-2-10.1, the Safe Schools Fund was established to:
Promote school safety through the:
The goals of the Safe Haven Grant are:
A safe school provides a physical and social environment in which students are able to learn and achieve to their fullest capacity. A safe school environment also enables educators, administrators and other staff to support students in that pursuit without violence, the threat of violence or other safety concerns. To accomplish these goals, schools must assess their risk factors, needs, local resources and existing efforts and strategies.
We appreciate your patience regarding the late release of the 2013-2014 Safe Haven grant application. As you know, Senate Bill 1 became effective July 1, 2013, which made funds available through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) for issues surrounding school safety and security. ICJI has provided funding for School Resource Officer (SRO) programs over the past few years, so it was important to ensure the Safe Haven priorities are complementary to the funds provided by IDHS.
After working to capture pertinent information, and due to the late release of the Safe Haven application, we decided to open this year’s funding only to 2012-2013 grantees. Funds will be available again to support evidence-based prevention and SRO programs. The award cycle will be November 1, 2013 - May 31, 2014.
We anticipate providing funding programs at up to 60 percent of the levels awarded for the previous award period, so adjust your application’s budget accordingly. While the application will be shorter and most sections identical to last year, all applications must still be submitted through Egrants. Please log into Egrants to locate the solicitation and RFP. It will have additional information needed to complete your application. Applications are due on October 23, 2013.
We apologize for the late notice regarding with the release of 2013-2014 Safe Haven funds. We will release a full Safe Haven solicitation in the spring of 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Blueprints for Violence Prevention. This research center site provides information on model programs in its “Blueprints” section. Programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness are listed. These model programs (Blueprints) have demonstrated their effectiveness in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and sub-stance abuse. Other programs have been identified as promising programs. Endorsements are updated regularly, with programs added to and excluded from the registry based on new evaluation finding
Exemplary and Promising Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools Programs. The U.S. Department of Education and the Expert Panel on Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools identified nine exemplary and 33 promising programs for this 2001 report. The report, which can be found at this site, provides descriptions and contact information for each program. The focus is on programs that can be implemented in a school setting whether in the classroom, in extra-curricular activities, or as after-school programming.
Find Youth Info. Programs focus on a range of youth outcomes such as academic achievement, substance use, and delinquency, and are categorized as Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 according to their demonstrated effectiveness. The registry can be searched with keywords or by risk or protective factor, and is updated regularly to incorporate new evidence-based programs.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Model Program Guide (MPG). This searchable database is designed to assist practitioners and communities in finding and implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs. The MPG covers the entire continuum of youth services from prevention to sanctions to reentry.
Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities. A project of the RAND Corporation, the Promising Practices Network website contains a registry of Proven and Promising prevention programs that research has shown to be effective for a variety of outcomes. These programs are generally focused on children, adolescents, and families. The website provides a thorough summary of each program and is updated regularly.
Social Programs that Work, Coalition for Evidenced-Based Policy. This site is not a registry in the conventional sense of the word in that it does not include and exclude pro-grams based on some criteria of effectiveness. Instead, it summarizes the findings from rigorous evaluations of programs targeting issues such as employment, substance use, teen pregnancy, and education. Some of the programs have substantial evidence of their effectiveness, while others have evaluation results suggesting their ineffectiveness. Users are welcome to sign up for emails announcing when the site is updated.
Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General. This report designates programs as Model or Promising and goes further than many other registries to also include a “Does Not Work” category. General approaches and specific programs for the prevention of youth violence are described at three levels of intervention: primary, secondary and tertiary. This report has not been updated since its publication in 2001, but it is rare in that it discusses the cost-effectiveness of the programs.
National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers. NASSLEO's primary mission is to bring together people that are joined in a common effort to make our schools safe for our students and staff. NASSLEO is a non-profit, membership-funded organization that is here for anyone, even non-members who need information or assistance on keeping our schools safe.
State Funding: (I.C. 5-2-10.1)
CFDA Number: N/A
Safe Haven grants are awarded every year. Also, there is a 10-month grant period between August 1 and May 31.
Only Indiana Public School Corporations are eligible to apply.
Each of Indiana's ublic school corporations are eligible to apply for a Safe Haven grant on a yearly basis. Schools should subscribe through Egrants to be notified of grant opportunities.
In general, matching funds would include funds that are spent on any school program that is currently in place and not being funded by Safe Haven funds, but would qualify to be funded by Safe Haven funds.
This includes any program that, at a minimum:
Reduce alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse; Reduce violent behavior; and Promote educational progress in the school.
A programmatic match details a program in your corporation that meets the same guidelines as the Safe Haven program, but is not/will not be funded by the Safe Haven Program. Be sure that this programmatic match costs the equivalent of or more than the amount you are requesting for your Safe Haven program. Example: Community School Corporation has an anti-drug program for its elementary schools that operates from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and is run by the YMCA of Greater Community Impact County and is entirely supported by private funds. This School Corporation would match Safe Haven funds by showing the budget of costs for their anti-drug program in the amount equivalent to the amount they are requesting from Safe Haven funds. If Community School Corporation is applying for funds that will be used for evidence-based programs, they will need to have a program within their school corporation that meets the Safe Haven guidelines but is not funded by Safe Haven. This program would have to be equal or more than what Community School Corporation is asking for.
Cash is simply any financial amount that the school corporation provides themselves or that is donated by another source.
In-kind match is determined by the value of goods and services received and used in the program that do not have a financial cost to the subgrantee. This type of match can be provided by the subgrantee or donated by a third party, such as a volunteer, public or private agency. For example, time donated by a counselor could be used as in-kind match. The value of these services should be calculated at the average market value of that service at the time of the service was provided.
Indiana public school corporations are the only eligible applicants.
The intent of the Safe Haven Education Program is to ensure that Indiana schools are safe and free from violence and drugs.
Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to accurately assess their needs utilizing current local data and submitting a proposal that links those needs to the proposed strategies that best address their prioritized needs. Interested applicants may apply for a matching grant through the Safe Haven Program based on the direction of its school corporation.
Grant applications are reviewed by ICJI staff. Upon review and approval by the ICJI Board of Trustees, programs are awarded grant funds and award notifications are sent.
Examples of Funded Programs
Q. Can agencies or organizations other than school corporations apply for Safe Haven grants?
A. No. By law, only public school corporations are eligible to apply for and receive Safe Haven grants, but many school corporations partner with local agencies and organizations to provide Safe Haven programs and services. For example, a school corporation may partner with a local law enforcement agency to help offset the cost of personnel for police officers to work on-site at the high school or other school buildings.
Q. How can I find out if school corporations in my county are receiving Safe Haven funding?
A. You can contact the Safe Haven Program Coordinator at 317-232-1233 to obtain a listing of school corporations receiving Safe Haven funding during a given school year.