DeLuca, Costa announce nearly $400,000 in school and community safety grants

Grants include $384,810 for Penn Hills

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 26 -- Today State Rep. Tony DeLuca and state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. announced state funding for school and community safety programs in districts throughout the 43rd senatorial district.

“Students cannot focus on learning if they’re worried about their safety, and we are taking a multi-pronged approach to physical security and mental health,” said Senator Costa. “I’m glad to see this funding coming to our region, and I’m confident that our school districts will use it for programs best suited to the needs of their students.”

The Penn Hills School District was awarded $384,810.

“We live in a time where we unfortunately have to prepare for the worst, even at our schools. Our schools have done a great job in the past in ensuring the safety of their students, so I’m confident this funding will continue their ongoing, successful mission of school safety,” said Rep. DeLuca.

Act 44 of 2018 created a School Safety and Security Fund for the purposes of providing funding to school districts for school safety and security concerns and addressing community violence.  Today, $60 million was distributed for school safety, including $7.5 million for community anti-violence programs.

PCCD receives hundreds of applications for these awards.  Eligible school entities include school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private rehabilitative institutions. Act 44 created the School Safety and Security Committee, which reviews the grants.

Funds can be used for a wide variety of items, based on the needs of the entity. These uses can include the purchase of equipment, trainings, programs, counseling services, planning, screenings, and to secure behavioral health care professionals and support.