FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association of America is pleased to announce the opening of the 2022 application period for the NRA School Shield Grant Program. Available to all accredited non-profit and public K-12 schools, including private and parochial schools, grants are provided by The NRA Foundation for school security improvements and related activities. The grant application period is open until the end of the day on August 31, 2022.
“The NRA has been at the forefront of providing training and financial resources to keep our children safe and secure in school,” said Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr., executive director of NRA General Operations. “Many schools indicate insufficient funding as the reason for not enhancing security. Recognizing that school security is a multifaceted issue, The NRA Foundation is making it possible for educational institutions to implement necessary enhancements to keep their students safe.”
First introduced in 2012, NRA School Shield has a singular mission – to protect our Nation’s most precious resources: our children. NRA School Shield offers local law enforcement officials free training on how to conduct comprehensive vulnerability assessments of school security. The NRA School Shield Grant Program is a key component of NRA School Shield, providing financial resources for necessary projects and activities to create a safe learning environment. During the last request period for NRA School Shield grants, over one million dollars was awarded to schools across America.
Projects and activities eligible for NRA School Shield grants include improvements to infrastructure, technology, training, and policies to enact best practices in school security. This can include, but is not limited to, perimeter fencing updates and repairs, secured visitor entry systems, surveillance equipment, improved communication systems, and emergency kits. Grants awarded by The NRA Foundation for NRA School Shield are made possible due to the generosity of NRA members, in large part through the Friends of the NRA program. The NRA Foundation is America’s largest charitable organization in support of the shooting sports and NRA programs, including NRA School Shield.