HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration is opening new rounds of funding under two state grant programs that will help with the costs associated with implementing needed security infrastructure improvements and upgrades to emergency communications systems at schools throughout Connecticut.
Administered by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, the School Security Competitive Grant Program and the newly launched Multi-Media Interoperable Communications System Program are open to public and private K-12 schools, and eligible childcare centers and preschools that can demonstrate they have received threats.
A total of $10 million has been allocated across both programs:
- School Security Competitive Grant Program: A total of $5 million has been set aside for the fifth round of grants under this program.
- Recipients can use the funding for infrastructure improvements such as door locks, penetration resistant window film, scan cards/access control systems, fending (6 feet or higher), security lighting, bollards, interior and exterior camera systems, and other
- project that enhance school security infrastructure. A total of $500,000 of funding under this round is allocated for private schools.