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Connecticut Offers $5 Million In School Safety Grants After Sandy Hook

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the launch of state grants to fund school security improvements.
Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the launch of state grants to fund school security improvements. Photo Credit: File Photo

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Schools in Connecticut, including those in Fairfield County, can apply for part of $5 million in grants from the state to improve school security in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“The definition of a safe, secure learning environment has unfortunately been changed forever,” said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. “This program gives us the strategy and the resources to adapt to this new reality, and is another critical step needed to protect our children and our educators.”

The $5 million is from the first round of school security funding under the Competitive Grant Program — a component of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act signed on April 4.

The funding will go to schools with the most need — buildings with little or no existing security infrastructure located in school districts that are struggling financially. Two additional rounds of funding, both $5 million, are expected in the next year.

The grants will reimburse municipalities for a portion of the costs associated with making safety and security improvements in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“Passage of comprehensive, common sense gun violence prevention legislation was a critical first step in closing loopholes and keeping our communities safer,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy. “Now we need to get resources out to the cities and towns that have begun work to modernize their security infrastructure and ramp up safety procedures.”

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