Applications for School Improvement Grants Now Open Through ‘Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act’

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

TRENTON, N.J. — Governor Phil Murphy announced last Friday that applications to receive a grant through New Jersey’s Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act are now open.

The grants awarded will come from $500,000,000 in bonds, and they’ll be allocated based on four different categories: School Security, Water Infrastructure, Career and Technical Education (CTE) in county Vo-Tech school districts, and CTE in county colleges. The state will allocate $75 million of these bonds to security, $100 million to water infrastructure, $275 million to CTE in county Vo-Tech school districts, and the remaining $50 million to CTE in county colleges.

“Investing in our students’ future is an essential part of building a stronger and fairer New Jersey,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release. “From critical school security measures to necessary career and technical education training, this new funding will further strengthen our efforts to ensure that students across our state are equipped with the tools and support they need to succeed.”

“New Jersey students win twice through these initiatives,” Interim Education Commissioner Kevin Dehmer added in a release. “The funding will help ensure students throughout the state are provided a safe and secure learning environment, and it will also provide countless students with greater opportunities for success both during and after high school.”

Applications for security and water infrastructure grants are due on November 20 of this year, and the CTE applications for Vo-Tech school districts are due on March 1, 2021.

Applicants must meet a number of requirements in order to be eligible for grants. You can find out all of the prerequisites for each different grant here.

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