(LANSING) – Some Southern Michigan schools are receiving money to update safety measures in their buildings.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that 57 school districts, 14 intermediate school districts, 40 non public schools and 39 public school academies will be receiving $10 million from the Competitive Schools Safety Grant Program. These grants will go toward the purchase of equipment and/or technology to improve the safety and security of school buildings, students and staff.
Sturgis Public Schools will be getting $71,350, and Nottawa Community School is going to receive $50,000.
In Branch County, the Branch Intermediate School District will receive $112,438. St. Mary's Assumption School in Bronson is getting $42,238; Pansophia Academy in Coldwater will get $20,238, and Union City Community Schools is receiving $150,000.
The Heritage Southwest Intermediate School District in Cassopolis will be getting $46,730.
A total of 336 eligible applications were received, requesting approximately $35 million in funding. Grant applications were reviewed by a committee that included representatives from the Michigan State Police; the Michigan Association Of Chiefs Of Police; the Michigan Sheriff's Association; the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools along with the Michigan Emergency Management Association.