Deadline nears for Ohio schools to claim $2.8 million in safety grant funding

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTAP) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says public and private schools have until Nov. 30th to claim nearly $2,8 million in unclaimed Ohio school safety grant funding.

In September, DeWine announced all of Ohio's public schools, chartered nonpublic schools, and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities were eligible to receive a portion of $12 million in grants to pay for school resource officer training, safety and security materials, programs to identify and help students struggling with mental health, and more.

More than 1,700 Ohio schools and school districts are qualified to apply for grants totaling between $2,500 and $283,000, depending on school enrollment.

DeWine sent a letter to administrators for every eligible school and school district in September with instructions on how to claim the grant funds.

Administrators with questions should call 614-466-6963, or email SchoolSafetyGrants@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

The grants are funded with appropriations made by the Ohio legislature as part of House Bill 318, which appointed the Ohio Attorney General's Office to develop the school safety training grant program in consultation with the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The law requires that participating schools and county boards work with law enforcement in their jurisdictions to determine the best use of the grant funding.