Harrisburg, Pa. − April 30, 2019 − Senator Pam Iovino today announced grants for Western Pennsylvania to address school safety and community violence prevention.

“We need to do everything in our power at the state level to make sure that our students are safe in their schools and communities,” said Senator Iovino. “I am pleased to see this money coming to western Pennsylvania and hopeful for the progress that these programs will make in reducing violence and keeping our children safer.”

Schools in the 37th district that will receive grants include:

  • $146,400 to Baldwin-Whitehall School District
  • $476,660 to Mount Lebanon School District
  • $45,426 to Parkway West Career and Technology Center
  • $15,007 to Peters Township School District
  • $160,154 to Quaker Valley School District
  • $89,243 to West Allegheny School District

Community Safety grants coming to Allegheny County include:

  • $349,654 to Amachi Pittsburgh’s “ABC” for its Community Healing Initiative to Promote Safety (CHIPS) program
  • $350,000 to the Community Empowerment Association for violence reduction and intervention
  • $236,056 to Duquesne university to reduce violence
  • $350,000 to Pittsburgh Action Against Rape to reduce sexual violence in the Mon Valley

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.  $60 million was put into the fund with $7.5 million for community anti-violence programs and the remaining 52.5 million for school safety.  

Initial awards to school districts were made in October 2018 for $12.5 million.  On Tuesday, April 30, the remaining $40 million was awarded.  

PCCD received 638 applications for a total of $177.6 million in funding requests.  After review of each application, 234 applications requesting $40 million were approved at the School Safety and Security Meeting.