Allegheny County, PA – February 26, 2020 − Today, Senator Pam Iovino (D – Allegheny & Washington) announced the award of $2,850,249 in state grant funding for school and community safety in the 37th Senatorial District.

“Congratulations to the school districts and regional non-profit organizations whose strong applications merited this grant funding,” said Senator Pam Iovino. “Keeping our local schools and social service organizations safe is prudent and necessary to ensure they are able to maintain facilities for their important work of educating and helping our communities.”

Competitive and Meritorious School District Grants in 37th Senatorial District

Total: $1,724,160

  • Avonworth School District, Allegheny County – $35,000
  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District, Allegheny County – $45,000
  • Bethel Park School District, Allegheny County – $45,000
  • Carlynton School District, Allegheny County – $35,000
  • Chartiers Valley School District, Allegheny County – $40,000
  • Fort Cherry School District, Allegheny & Washington Counties – $285,760
  • Montour School District, Allegheny County – $40,000
  • Moon Area School District, Allegheny County – $45,000
  • Mount Lebanon School District, Allegheny County – $45,000
  • Peters Township School District, Washington County – $257,400
  • Quaker Valley School District, Allegheny County – $236,450
  • South Fayette Township School District, Allegheny County – $40,000
  • South Park School District, Allegheny County – $35,000
  • Upper St. Clair School District, Allegheny County – $45,000
  • Watson Institute Education Center, Allegheny County – $414,550
  • West Allegheny School District, Allegheny County – $40,000
  • West Jefferson Hills School District, Allegheny County – $40,000

Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Grants in Region

Total: $1,126,089

  • Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Washington County –$268,725
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – $267,423
  • Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – $298,881
  • Family Guidance Inc, Allegheny County – $291,060

Act 44 of 2018 created a School Safety and Security Fund for the purposes of providing grants to school districts for school safety and security concerns and addressing community violence. The School Safety and Security Committee, created by Act 44, reviewed the grant applications. Today’s announcement was part of $60 million distributed statewide for school safety, including $7.5 million for community anti-violence programs.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) received hundreds of applications for these awards.  Eligible educational entities include school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools, and private rehabilitative institutions.

Funds can be used for a variety of items and services based on the needs of the recipient. These uses include the purchase of equipment, training, programs, counseling services, planning, screenings, and to hire and retain behavioral health care professionals.

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