YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University has been awarded a $118,528 state grant for security upgrades.
YSU is one of 27 institutions of higher education that will receive a total of $5 million in grants from the state.
The funds are part of the 2021 Campus Safety Grant Program funded as part of Senate Bill 310 of the 133rd General Assembly. The Ohio School Safety Center reviewed the campus safety grant applications in consultation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Ohio Controlling Board approved the release of the funds Monday.
“The commitment to school safety is one that I take seriously,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news release. “By awarding these grants, campuses can go beyond identifying areas that need to be improved by developing and executing plans that promote the wellbeing of staff and students.”
To be eligible for grant funding, schools conducted a security and vulnerability assessment to identify potential areas for improvement. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to improved lighting in parking lots, security cameras at building entrances and secure doors.