Available Grants


1/12/23: Safety Innovation Grants
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2023
Apply: via the Ohio Grants Portal

New this year, a limited number of ‘Innovation Grants’ of up to $20,000 will be awarded for technology that links schools with law enforcement agencies for improved safety, crime prevention and response.
The new innovation grants can be used for one building or multiple buildings within a district. The money is expected to be used for crisis-response technology designed to alert law enforcement of potential safety breeches on school property. Examples could include but are not limited to:Systems allowing immediate camera access to responding law enforcement:

  • Silent panic alarms
  • Shot detection technology
  • License plate reader alerts for registered sex offender vehicles
  • Protection order alert systems
  • Wanted dangerous person alert systems

In addition to the innovation grants, Ohio schools are eligible for safety grants of $2,500 or $5.50 per student, whichever amount is greater. The funding is intended to give school leaders flexibility in determining how best to improve student safety. Among other things, the funding can be used for:

  • Certification training for a school resource officer.
  • Any active-shooter or school-safety training or equipment.
  • Educational resources for all grade levels.
  • Training to identify and assist students with mental health issues.
  • School supplies or equipment related to school safety or for implementing a school-safety plan.
  • Any other training related to school safety.

Grant applications may be submitted via the Ohio Grants Portal. (Please select funding opportunities, then select Ohio Attorney General’s FY22 School Safety Grant.) There is a separate application for each type of grant opportunity.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2023. Please direct all questions or concerns to SchoolSafetyGrants@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

11/21/22: National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Grant
Deadline: TBD
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to recognize the challenges facing schools nationwide. Higher food prices and supply chain disruptions have played a role in postponing other important food service purchases. To further mitigate these challenges and support schools, the USDA is pleased to announce an additional $50 million in Equipment Assistance Grant funding! For school year 2023 equipment grants, Ohio originally received $985,299 and through the new funding has received $1,629,235 for a total of $2,614,534. The additional funding will support school food authorities (SFAs) in providing healthy and appealing meals by meeting vital food service equipment needs. As more information and timelines become available for the equipment grant application and funding, updates will be provided in the weekly email.Click to learn more about the grant.2021-2022 School Year Equipment Grant Awardees

10/21/22: Farm to School Champions Needed! Apply for a Grant Today
Deadline: January 6, 2023

Schools, farmers, and other organizations that help produce or serve meals to kids through USDA’s child nutrition programs can apply now for a USDA Farm to School Grant. In 2023, USDA will award approximately $12 million in grants through a competitive process that provides bonus points to projects operated by and serving communities that are underserved, marginalized, or adversely affected by poverty and inequality. USDA invites all eligible and interested organizations to apply by January 6, 2023. Click to learn more.The upcoming round of grants will build on the $70 million of investments in farm to school that USDA made this year, which includes the first-ever non-competitive grants for states to assist their child nutrition programs in using more local foods.Besides providing high-quality local foods, farm to school also empowers kids to make healthy food choices through nutrition education.Apply for the grant.

9/13/22: Funding available for water bottle refilling stations

Deadline: Applications are now open and will close when funds have been exhausted. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will continue to be processed and projects will be selected until all the funding for the state fiscal year has been exhausted.

Application Page: https://epa.ohio.gov/static/Portals/47/2022-Water-Refilling-Station-Info.pdf

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Recycling and Litter Prevention Water Bottle Refilling Station Program helps public and private K-12 schools purchase and install new or retrofit water bottle refilling stations. These refilling stations help schools reduce, reuse and recycle, discouraging single-use plastic water bottles.The maximum amount of grant funding available is $5,000 per school or $10,000 per school district. Grantees have 12 months to buy and install the equipment. Each grant recipient will receive full payment when the refilling station contract is executed.

Download details about the grant program.
Apply for the grant. 

8/2/22: OFCC provides nearly $50 million via School Safety Grant Program

Last week, Governor Dewine announced at the Ohio School Safety Summit that 1,183 additional schools in 81 counties will receive nearly $47 million in grant funding as part of the Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program.View list and amounts.

Funding was based on prior grant proposals submitted by districts last spring. Grants equal the amount requested by each school (up to $50,000) and will be used to cover expenses associated with physical security enhancements such as security cameras, public address systems, radios, automatic door locks, visitor badging systems and exterior lighting. More information about these awards, as well as an application for the remaining funds (slightly over $50 million) should be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Several OSC programs and services qualify for these grants, including:


5/5/22: BWC Expands School Safety and Security Grant to Include HVAC Improvements

The School Safety and Security Grant (SSSG) has been expanded to help cover the costs of improvements to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Additional funding of $15,000 is available to any qualifying entity under the SSSG program to cover the cost of inspections, assessments, maintenance, and improvements to HVAC systems and the purchase of other secondary devices to control the spread of airborne contaminants, including viruses, for eligible applicants.

“These $15,000 grants will help enhance student and school employee safety and health while at school. Improving school HVAC systems is another way to help keep students and school employees healthy and safe,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud.

This offering is available to employers with no matching amount required and eligible applicants may apply even if they have exhausted all previously available SSSG funds. A secondary application is required for employers receiving funds for HVAC improvements.

An exact list of qualifying equipment can be found here. Other questions about the program should be emailed to grants@bwc.state.oh.us.

Click here for an application. 



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