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Indiana has long had a commitment to maintaining a safe learning environment in our state's schools. The Indiana Safe School fund was established as part of Indiana's commitment to making local schools safer. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute was 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.
At this time, a solicitation has not been released for the Safe Haven grant. Information is forthcoming. Please subscribe to receive notification of the announcement through Egrants by clicking here. Be sure to register at least two emails in the event that the announcement is released after the current school year ends.
Funding Source: State funding (I.C. 5-2-10.1)
CFDA Number: N/A
Contact: Stephanie Edwards
Funding Cycle: Safe Haven grants are awarded every year with applications due on May 18, 2012. Safe Haven is a ten (10) month grant with the running period of August 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013.
Only Indiana Public School Corporations are eligible to apply.
Each of Indiana's school corporations are eligible to apply for a Safe Haven grant on a yearly basis. Applications are distributed via email to the Superintendent's office of each corporation and are available on the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute website.
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 would include any program that, at a minimum:
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 the Youth Division and of the ICJI Board of Trustees. Upon review and approval by the ICJI Board of Trustees programs are awarded grant funds and written award notifications are sent out.
Examples of Funded Programs:
• Evidence-Based Programs- Development and implementation of violence prevention activities and materials; education of students and parents regarding the dangers of guns and other weapons and the consequences of their use; development and implementation of curricula to prevent violence in schools
• Training- Of school personnel of demonstrated effectiveness in addressing violence; evidence-based school activities designed to promote school safety, and reduce or prevent violence and discipline problems.
• School Resource Officers- Reimbursement of law enforcement authorities for their personnel who participate in school violence prevention/reduction activities.
Indiana Department of Education
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.