The School Safety and Security Committee established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency by Act 44 of 2018 approved $40 million in school safety grants to 234 school entities on May 1, 2019. The AIU was one of nine intermediate units to receive this competitive grant funding. The AIU was awarded $440,640 to address several areas of safety and security that will meet the needs of the organization as a whole across the 42 school districts/multiple AIU locations.
Per Act 44, school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitation institutions were eligible to apply up to a maximum of $6 million to support one or more activities allowed by the statute. Of the school safety applications, 75 percent of grantees requested funding related to security planning and the purchase of security-related technology.
This year, the AIU has made it a priority to build a strong partner relationship with the Allegheny County Emergency Management and local first responders. The AIU is very appreciative of this funding opportunity and the ability to make safety a priority.