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School Security Funding Opportunity for School Administrative Units


March 18, 2013


The Maine Emergency Management Agency is announcing a funding opportunity for School Administrative Units (SAUs) to participate in a targeted, school preparedness facility security grant program. This is a short fused opportunity. Grant applications must be received by April 12, 2013, and projects must be completed by July 31, 2013.

Specifically this grant will allow SAUs to seek grants to purchase and install the following items (listed in order of priority, statewide):

  1. Remote Entry Control System: a remotely-controlled entry access system allows for school personnel to identify individuals attempting to gain access to the school, either through a window or via a closed-circuit television camera. After the person’s identity and purpose for being at the school has been established, school personnel can remotely unlock the doors to allow that person to enter the school. These systems are designed for installation solely at the primary entry point for visitors to the school facility; all other doors should remain secure from unauthorized entry at all times, using your school’s emergency plans and procedures as guidance.
  2. Panic Button: A Panic Button that is hard-wired to the primary and secondary law enforcement agencies for your facility provides a faster option to alert law enforcement about a problem at the school when using 911or radios might be impractical. Note: the grant funds can be used for purchase and installation of the system; however, funds are not available for continuing costs or monitoring/telephone line fees, if any.
  3. Knox Box: Knox Boxes provide access to keys to the facility in the absence of key-holders. During an emergency, key holders may be off-site or occupied performing other critical duties. Access to keys in a timely fashion from a Knox Box speeds up response by first responders.
  4. Exterior Door Numbering: Having clearly visible and reflective door numbers affixed to the inside and outside of all exterior doors provides first responders with clear direction when responding to an on-site emergency. It aids in providing clearer situational awareness as to the location of the trouble, or where students/staff/visitors have sought safe haven.

Requirements and Due Dates:

In order to be eligible for consideration for grant funding, all applicants must meet National Incident Management System (NIMS) training requirements for key school personnel. All applications must be submitted to the Maine Emergency Management Agency no later than Close of Business (5 p.m.) on Friday April 12, 2013. Applications should be emailed to If email is not an option, applications may be mailed to 45 Commerce Drive, Suite 2, Augusta, ME 04333, Attn: FY2010 HSGP School Applications c/o Deborah Sullivan-Alley.

However, all applications must arrive at MEMA no later than Friday, April 12, 2013.

MEMA encourages all applicants to work with their County EMA office) to ensure applications are consistent with the instructions in this application.

For those projects that receive approval and grant funding, all grant funds must be expended by July 31, 2013.

The three documents identified below will guide SAU superintendents through the application process.



Bill Delong / Dwane Hubert


Last update: 07/20/10