Montana's Legislature passed HB 601 to provide funds to school districts to support school safety professional development. The OPI will administer school safety grant funds.  Requests for FY 2020 funds far exceeded the $100,000 available. Schools will be able to apply for school safety grant funds for state FY 2021 in the spring of 2020. 

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How to apply for and complete the school safety professional development grant:


  • For state FY 2020 grantees, after the professional development activities have been concluded, submit the School Safety PD Reporting Form and a final expenditure report to Tammy Lysons.  All professional development activities should occur by June 30, 2020 with both reports due by July 15, 2020. 
  • Application materials will be modified for state FY 2021 and posted here when they are available.  The application will open in the spring of 2020.   There will be a submission button on this page that will be live when the grant is opened.  

Grant Application Guidance: 

  • This grant, if approved, provides from $1,000 to $10,000 to a Montana school district to support school safety professional development pursuant to HB 601.
  • Complete applications for allowable activities will be funded in the order of submission as funding allows.
  • Districts are eligible to receive grant funding one time only for either state FY 2020 or FY 2021.
  • For state FY 2021 grant awards (2020-21 school year), professional development must take place between July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. 
  • Upon completion of the professional development activity, districts will be required to report on the activity and provide a final expenditure report to close out the grant period.

School Safety Professional Development Topics:

In the application, districts will indicate which professional development topic they will target with school safety grant funds:

  1. Youth suicide awareness and prevention training (MCA 20-7-1310)
  2. Professional development for staff on the district’s Hazard & Emergency Plans (MCA 20-1-401)
  3. Conducting disaster drills, table top exercises, or full-scale drills in collaboration with local community first responders as outlined in the district’s Hazard & Emergency Plan (MCA 20-1-401)
  4. Professional development for staff in safety technology integrated within the district (i.e. cameras, door lock procedures, etc.)
  5. Professional development for staff in district violence and/or bullying protocols and procedures (ARM 10-55-179)
  6. Professional development for staff in illegal substance use trends, and district policies and procedures

Districts will be required to outline the details of their professional development including the following: 

  • the name of the trainer or evidence-based program that will be used to conduct the professional development;
  • how the professional development activity fits into the district’s existing safety protocols or plans; 
  • how the professional development will strengthen the safety of the district.
  • how many staff will participate in the professional development; and
  • the length of the professional development, including dates if known.

School districts are also encouraged to describe any free professional development they are planning to participate in (such as via the Teacher Learning Hub) to leverage the effectiveness of these funds. 

Contact Tammy Lysons if you have any questions about the grant or the process for submission. 



All FY 2020 funds have been awarded at this time.
Please check back in the spring regarding applications for FY 2021 funds.