Security Equipment Grants
The application process for the 2014-2015 Security Equipment Grants is now available and described below.
The Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA) issued $6 million in equipment notes in conjunction with the existing Virginia Public School Authority technology notes program. Proceeds of these additional notes will be used to help offset related local costs associated with the purchase of appropriate security equipment to improve and ensure the safety of public school students. Also, see 2014-2015 School Security Equipment Grants Program Application – Superintendent's Memo #163-14, June 20, 2014.
2014-2015 Application Process
School divisions are eligible to receive up to $100,000 each fiscal year through a competitive grant process. To be considered, grant applications must be submitted to VDOE by August 1, 2013.
- Guidelines for School Divisions Applying to the School Security Equipment Grants Program (PDF) – Attachment A to Superintendent's Memo #163-14
- Application for 2014-2015 School Security Equipment Grants Program - Due Date: August 1, 2014 (Word) – Attachment B to Superintendent's Memo #163-14
School divisions will be notified of the grant award by letter no later than September 1, 2013, and must purchase the security equipment within six months of notification.
The funds are to be used to purchase security equipment that will be installed in eligible schools. Grant money cannot be used to pay for security equipment not specified in the grant application. Each school receiving funding must remain open for at least five years with no planned renovations/additions scheduled during that time that would cause the purchased security equipment to become obsolete.
New for 2014-2015: to facilitate the installation of school security equipment during the summer months and to expedite the spend-down of these grant funds, school divisions and regional programs may apply for grants to reimburse school security equipment expenditures incurred on or after May 22, 2014. For more information, see Superintendent's Memo 152-14.
Local Match Requirement
School divisions submitting applications are required to provide a local match of 25 percent of the grant amount. For school divisions with a composite index of local ability-to-pay less than 0.2000 – including any division participating in a regional vocational center, special education center, alternative education center or academic year Governor’s School – the Superintendent of Public Instruction is authorized to reduce the local match. The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind is exempt from the match requirement.
A request for reimbursement form must be completed and submitted to VDOE’s Support Services with documentation showing the school name, purchases made, and total cost of the qualifying equipment purchased. Awarded grant funds will be maintained and disbursed from accounts administered by the State Non-Arbitrage Program (SNAP) under VPSA.
Once the reimbursement request is approved, written certification will be sent to SNAP for reimbursement payment. SNAP will make the payment within 30 days of receipt of the certification.
- Electronic Funds Transfer Form (PDF) for VPSA Security Equipment withdrawal
2013-2014 Grants Awarded
- School Security Equipment Grants Awarded 2013-2014 (PDF) – lists school division / regional program, amount of state grants awarded and the required local match amount
- News Release, September 3, 2013 – Governor McDonnell Awards $6 Million in School Security Equipment Grants – Upgrades Funded for 459 School Buildings in 86 Divisions and Regional Programs
If you have questions, please contact the Division of Support Services at (804) 225-2035 or (804) 225-2037 by phone or email: June.Eanes@doe.virginia.gov, Hunter.Barnes@doe.virginia.gov, or Vijay.Ramnarain@doe.virginia.gov.