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School Safety Grants

School Safety Grants


October 12, 2018: Minneapolis Public Schools was awarded a total of $2,469,647 in grants by the Minnesota Department of Education to improve school safety. Applications were submitted for all 63 school sites and MPS was awarded grants for 6 locations. The maximum grant amount per school that could be awarded was $500,000. The list below includes the schools and amounts awarded:

FAIR was awarded $420,346
Field was awarded $159,821
Folwell was awarded $500,000
Justice Page was awarded $500,000.00
Lucey Laney was awarded $389,480.00
Lyndale was awarded $500,000.00

Submitted grant applications were assigned a random number by MDE and awarded via a lottery system. All MPS schools had a grant application submitted, however, there was no way in which MPS could designate priority of our applications.



At the end of the 2018 legislative session, Governor Dayton signed school safety grants into law. These grants will be managed and were awarded by Minnesota Department of Education. Funding was available to all Minnesota school districts, charter schools, intermediate districts, cooperatives enrolling students, the Perich Center for Arts Education, and the State Academies. Half of the grants were awarded to school districts in the 11 county metropolitan area.

Grants may be used to predesign, design, construct, furnish, and equip school facilities for improvements related to violence prevention and facility security for qualifying school buildings. This includes renovating and expanding existing building and facilities.

The Grants Office, working in conjunction with the Operations Division, coordinated and submitted grant applications for all MPS schools. The two offices developed a strategy in order to maximize the potential grants awarded to Minneapolis Public Schools. Operations Division has taken a leadership role in the application process because the Capital Planning, Construction and Maintenance (Facilities) department is responsible for maintaining MPS’ Stewardship Policy.

Our Strategy:

Applications were submitted for all school sites for updated or new door alarms, improvement of entrances and interconnected communication systems.

A selection of school applications included updated or new PA systems, in addition to items listed above

A selection of school applications also included collocating the office and entrance, in addition to items listed above.

Our strategy was developed based on the MDE guidelines set forth in the grant application instructions in which high priority projects will be awarded before low priority projects.