AG Brad Schimel wants every school in WI to receive school safety grants

Posted: 10:21 PM, Apr 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-26 03:21:43Z

Wisconsin schools can now submit their application for a portion of the state's new school safety grant.  The Department of Justice began accepting them Tuesday.

There are more than $100 million in grants available after Governor Walker signed a bill last month. The grants were created in the wake of the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left seventeen people dead back in February.

On Wednesday, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel held a news conference at a school in Madison. He said he will work to give a share of the grants to every school that applies.

"It comes to about $32,000 per school statewide, and we do hope that every school is going to submit a grant to get some help," Schimel said.

Buildings that need basic security upgrades, like door locks, will be given top priority. 

Public and private K-12 schools are eligible for a slice of the grants. The DOJ will begin awarding the grants in June.