IEMA offers grants to improve school safety

By Alex Davis |

Published 03/11 2014 10:49AM

Updated 10/23 2014 05:48PM

ILLINOIS -- School districts have a chance to make your child's school safer. It's through a one-of-a-kind grant opportunity. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is offering $25 million in grant funding to public schools K - 12 and universities statewide.

IEMA arrived at two conclusions after reviewing school shootings and other crisis situations. It determined schools benefit from reinforced doors and shatter-resistant glass. It would also like to see physical locks for primary entrances.

Many schools in the state are old and outdated without certain safeguards in place. To better protect students and staff, it's offering these competitive grants to schools.

The application period started in January and more than 200 schools have applied so far. But, time is running out. School districts have until midnight Friday to apply.

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