Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation School Safety and Security Grants

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) developed the School Safety and Security Grant Program to assist administrators of Ohio’s educational facilities with ensuring the safety of their staff and students when carrying out the instructional services they provide to children. The program is available to eligible Ohio employers that wish to purchase equipment that will substantially improve the safety and security of licensed educational facilities and reduce the potential for injuries.

Who is eligible? 

The School Safety and Security Grant Program is available to Ohio employers that operate licensed preschool through grade 12 educational facilities, have had a BWC policy for at least two years and have remained in good standing with the BWC.

What will schools receive?

Eligible employers may receive up to $40,000 from the School Safety and Security Grant Program. It is a three-to-one matching program, which means BWC will pay $3 to every $1 the school spends toward the eligible equipment.

What can schools do with the money?

Schools may apply for:

  • Safety interventions such as flooring/floor coatings for reducing slip hazards; lightweight lunch tables that reduce lifting and handling hazards; motorized bleacher systems to reduce manual pushing and pulling forces; safe food fryers; food cutting/slicing equipment; and floor cleaning machines.
  • Incident response equipment such as equipment bags/backpacks stocked with trauma first-aid supplies; two-way communication devices and software designed to directly interface with emergency responder radio systems; and school-wide panic alarm/panic button systems.
  • Building/grounds/transportation security enhancements such as interior and exterior security doors and mechanisms (for example, panic bars or other fire code compliant door-locking mechanisms, bulletproof glass, bullet resistant coating materials for existing glass); protective vehicle crash barriers at entrances; modifications of building/facility entrances to restrict access; secured keycard systems; metal detectors (fixed or portable); security cameras; and emergency (police dispatch) call poles.

When can schools receive funds?

The program is available starting Nov. 15, 2018, and continues until all School Safety and Security Grant funds are exhausted.

Who do I contact with questions?

Interested employers can visit the School Safety and Security Grant webpage to learn more about the program and to download a fillable PDF version of the application. Questions or inquiries can be submitted via the BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene’s Safety Intervention Grant email box.