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School Security Disbursement Program

FY2024 School Security Disbursement (SSD) Grant Program Awards Announced

Here is a new announcement regarding the Fiscal Year 2024 School Security Disbursement (SSD) Grant Program Awards.

The State of Colorado’s legislature allocated $16,000,000 for the Fiscal Year 2024 School Security Disbursement (SSD) Grant Program. The Colorado Office of School Safety received 125 grant applications for a total requested amount of $43,046,335. For this round of the School Security Disbursement grant 68 applicants were selected to receive funding as directed by SB23-241.  Thank you to all of those who applied for the FY2024 SSD. 

Recipient Selection

APPLICANTTOTAL FUNDED

Adams 12 Schools

$ 309,684.00 

Adams County School District 14

$ 106,500.00 

Alamosa School District

$ 322,360.93 

American Legacy Academy

$ 18,225.00 

Aspen School District

$ 615,000.00 

Atlas Preparatory School

$ 273,011.00 

Aurora Public Schools

$ 2,195,000.00 

AXis International Academy

$ 404,000.00 

Bethune School District

$ 3,850.00 

Boulder Valley School District RE2

$ 1,030,471.50 

Branson School District

$ 750.00 

Cactus Bloom Community School

$ 18,484.13 

Calhan School District

$ 179,500.00 

Caprock Academy

$ 14,750.00 

Challenge to Excelence

$ 21,698.00 

Cherry Creek School District

$ 203,000.00 

Colorado Charter School Institute

$ 247,000.00 

Colorado Early Colleges

$ 1,233,690.00 

Crowley County School District RE-1J

$ 211,034.70 

CSI- Steamboat Montessori

$ 40,000.00 

Denver Public School

$ 79,136.00 

Elberty County School District C-2/ Kiowa Schools

$ 150,000.00 

Elizabeth School District

$ 199,248.00 

Englewood Schools Arapahoe-1

$ 56,900.00 

Firestone Charter Academy

$ 181,300.00 

Fountain- Fort Carson School District

$ 400,400.00 

Fremont - RE1

$ 37,306.26 

Fremont -RE2

$ 261,125.01 

Gardner Valley School

$ 111,044.60 

Gilpin County School District RE-1

$ 144,000.00 

Global Village Academy Aurora

$ 118,360.41 

Griffith Centers

$ 96,795.00 

Havern School

$ 154,000.00 

Haxtun School District Re-2J

$ 103,500.00 

Ignacio School District- 11J

$ 40,000.00 

Jeffco DeAngelis Foundation

$ 60,000.00 

Jeffco Public Schools

$ 938,877.02 

Kwiyagat Community Academy

$ 42,500.00 

Las Aminas School District

$ 408,100.00 

Mancos School District

$ 221,800.00 

Moffat Consolidated School District 2

$ 20,000.00 

Monte Vista School District

$ 10,440.00 

Montessori del Mundo

$ 153,841.00 

Montezuma Cortez School District

$ 576,591.30 

Morgan County School District

$ 1,088,482.85 

New America School

$ 65,615.00 

New Summit Charter School

$ 55,328.00 

North Park School District

$ 100,942.38 

Park School District R3

$ 123,613.00 

Peyton School District 23JT

$ 67,286.50 

Platte Canyon School District

$ 157,845.00 

Poudre School District

$ 196,151.00 

Pueblo County School District 70

$ 51,150.00 

Salida School District R-32J

$ 60,033.00 

Sanford School District 6J

$ 122,310.00 

School District 27J

$ 369,562.00 

South Routt School District

$ 8,868.31 

St. Vrain Valley Schools

$ 32,900.00 

Steamboat Springs School District

$ 92,040.00 

Tennyson Center for Children

$ 137,259.00 

The Vanguard School

$ 38,475.00 

Vega Collegiate Academy

$ 39,156.08 

Weld County District 6

$ 509,359.00 

Weld County School District Re-3J

$ 108,895.97 

Weld Re-8 School District

$ 130,730.00 

Weld School District Re-5

$ 66,455.00 

Weldon Valley School

$ 197,550.00 

Wiley School District RE-13

$ 166,719.05 

Decision Notification

This announcement constitutes notification of an agency decision.  Any request for reconsideration should be sent to  cdps_oss_ssd@state.co.us by March 8, 2024, 12:00 PM.

 

 Previously posted -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

The School Safety Disbursement (SSD) Grant application due date has changed to Monday, January 29th by 5:00 PM.  Shortly we will post a date/time for an early January webinar for your questions about the grant.  Please direct all questions to: cdps_oss_ssd@state.co.us.

Program Overview

The School Security Disbursement (SSD) Grant Program enacted by SB23-241 provides disbursements to local education providers and eligible nonprofit organizations to use for the purpose of improving security within public schools.

Eligibility

Local education providers, including school districts, charter schools, boards of cooperative services, or any combination of local education providers who wish to apply together as a single regional applicant are eligible to apply. Additionally, eligible nonprofit organizations who apply to work with specific local education providers or first responders are eligible to apply. Eligible nonprofits are defined by the legislation as  a organization that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the federal “Internal Revenue Code or 1986, as amended,” that applies to work with specific local education providers or first responders, and that:

  • Has experience providing training for school safety incident response;
  • Has experience working with law enforcement agencies and other first
    responders;
  • Has experience working with school districts, school personnel, and students
    on issues related to school safety incident response; and
  • Identifies in its application location education providers or first responders
    that will participate in school safety incident response training or programs.

Allowable Use

The program funds may only be used for the following purposes: 

  1. Capital construction that improves the security of a public school facility or public school vehicle, including any structure or installed hardware, device, or equipment that protects a public school facility or public school vehicle and the students, educators, and other individuals who attend, work in, or visit a public school facility or are transported in a public school vehicle from threats of physical harm including but not limited to any structure or installed hardware, device, or equipment that: 

    a. Prevents the entry of unauthorized individuals into a public school facility or a protected space within a public school facility or onto a public school vehicle; or

    b. Can be used to expedite communication when a threat is present;

  2. Training in student threat assessment for all school building staff who have contact with students, which must include best practices for conducting threat assessments, such as instruction on how to prevent bias when conducting a threat assessment; 
  3. In collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, providing the training for peace officers on interactions with students at school;
  4. School emergency response training for all school building staff.; 
  5. Programs to help student become more resilient in meeting the daily challenges they face without resorting to violence against themselves or others, including addressing the fundamental causes of violence and aggression and helping students become responsible members of their schools, neighborhoods, communities, and families; 
  6. Developing and providing training programs, curricula, and seminars related to school safety incident response; 
  7. Developing best practices and protocols related to school safety incident response; 
  8. Implementing a school resource officer program; and 
  9. Implementing a co-responder program.

Program Timeline:

Announcement and Application Handbook Available on November 30, 2023.
Application Submission Deadline: Monday, January 29, 2024 by 5:00 PM MST

SSD Grant Webinar:

Title: School Security Disbursement Grant Webinar.
Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 11AM MT
Time: 11:00AM 

Webinar Recording

Webinar Presentation Slides

Application Documentation:


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Information for Prospective Applicants

1.    What is the purpose of the SSD
The School Security Disbursement (SSD) Grant Program provides disbursements to local education providers and eligible nonprofit organizations to use for the purpose of improving security within public schools.


2.    What legislation authorized funding for SSD
The School Security Disbursement (SSD) Grant Program was enacted SB18-269  and the current legislation authorized funding by SB23-241


3.    How much funding is available under the SSD
The total amount available under the FY24 SSD is $16,000,000.00


4.    How do I apply
The application template and application handbook are located on our website. Completed applications for the School Security Disbursement Grant Program (SB 23-241) must be submitted via email to cdps_oss_ssd@state.co.us on or before Monday, January 29, 2024 by 5:00 PM MST.  


5.    Am I an eligible entity to apply?
Local education providers, including school districts, charter schools, boards of cooperative services, or any combination of local education providers who wish to apply together as a single regional applicant are eligible to apply. Additionally, eligible nonprofit organizations who apply to work with specific local education providers or first responders are eligible to apply.


6.    For what kinds of Security related activities can I apply
The program funds may only be used for the following purposes:

  1. Capital construction that improves the security of a public school facility or public school vehicle, including any structure or installed hardware, device, or equipment that protects a public school facility or public school vehicle and the students, educators, and other individuals who attend, work in, or visit a public school facility or are transported in a public school vehicle from threats of physical harm including but not limited to any structure or installed hardware, device, or equipment that: 
    a. Prevents the entry of unauthorized individuals into a public school facility or a protected space within a public school facility or onto a public school vehicle; or

    b. Can be used to expedite communication when a threat is present;

  2. Training in student threat assessment for all school building staff who have contact with students, which must include best practices for conducting threat assessments, such as instruction on how to prevent bias when conducting a threat assessment; 
  3. In collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, providing the training for peace officers on interactions with students at school;
  4. School emergency response training for all school building staff;
  5. Programs to help student become more resilient in meeting the daily challenges they face without resorting to violence against themselves or others, including addressing the fundamental causes of violence and aggression and helping students become responsible members of their schools, neighborhoods, communities, and families; 
  6. Developing and providing training programs, curricula, and seminars related to school safety incident response; 
  7. Developing best practices and protocols related to school safety incident response; 
  8. Implementing a school resource officer program; and 
  9. Implementing a co-responder program.

 

7.    What is the application period and deadline?
The application period started when the FY24 SSD RFP was released on November 29, 2023. The application deadline is January 29, 2024, 5:00 PM MST.


8.    How will my application be reviewed or evaluated?
Applications will be reviewed by a committee utilizing a standardized scoring matrix.