School Safety Related Grant Programs
On June 28, 2022, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, Senate Finance Committee Chair Joan Huffman, and House Appropriations Chair Dr. Greg Bonnen announced $17.1 million in funding to TEA to distribute to school districts to purchase silent panic alert technology (SPAT). The purpose of these funds is to provide grant funds to local educational agencies (LEAs) to purchase silent panic alert technologies for campuses as a measure of school safety.
Further, on October 27, 2022, Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Phelan, and House Appropriations Committee Chairs announced an additional $400 million in funding to TEA to "assist school districts in replacing or upgrading doors, windows, fencing, communications, and other safety measures."
The Department of Grant Compliance and Administration administers several school safety related grants listed below.
2022-2024 Silent Panic Alert Technology (SPAT) Grant
To provide grant funds to local educational agencies (LEAs) to purchase silent panic alert technologies for campuses as a measure of school safety. Silent panic alert technology is generally defined as a silent system signal generated by the activation of a device, either manually or through software applications, intended to signal a life-threatening or emergency situation (such as an active shooter, intruder, or other emergency situation) requiring a response from law enforcement and/or other first responders.
Please visit TEA’s Grant Opportunities page, and search for this grant by using the keywords “SPAT” or “2022-2024 Silent Panic Alert Technology (SPAT) Grant”.
2019-2021 School Safety and Security Grant
This grant has been extended to June 15, 2023. $100,000,000 was appropriated to the Texas Education Agency to provide funding to public schools, including the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the School for the Deaf for:
(1) exterior doors with push bars;
(2) metal detectors at school entrances;
(3) erected vehicle barriers;
(4) security systems that monitor and record school entrances, exits, and hallways;
(5) campus-wide active shooter alarm systems that are separate from fire alarms;
(6) two-way radio systems;
(7) perimeter security fencing;
(8) bullet-resistant glass or film for school entrances; and
(9) door-locking systems.
Please visit TEA’s Grant Opportunities page, and search for this grant by using the keywords “2019-2021 School Safety and Security Grant”.