HBCUs that received bomb threats eligible for federal grants

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The Biden administration announced dedicated security and modernization grant funds that will be made available to schools that have recently received bomb threats.

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — The Biden administration has announced an effort to provide federal grants to historically black colleges and universities across the country that received bomb threats earlier this year.

Xavier University and Dillard University in New Orleans and Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge were among the schools that received threats.

In a press release, the administration said it was working to provide funds to modernize the safety and security operations of these schools, as well as provide mental health support due to the increased anxiety about potential attacks.

“The Biden-Harris administration is taking a whole-of-government approach to responding to these threats and ensuring the safety and well-being of students, staff, and faculty. Immediately following the initial reports of the threats, Education Secretary Cardona and Homeland Security Secretary (Alejandro) Mayorkas hosted an informational meeting with more than 40 HBCU presidents from across the country to share information about grant programs, training resources, and other tools available to HBCUs to enhance campus safety and security. ED) and other federal agencies visited HBCU campuses. During these visits, federal officials heard firsthand the need to modernize and put updated their operations, including campus safety and security, as well as the need for more resources to help strengthen mental health services due to a heightened apprehension in the campus community,” the press release read.

These grant funds come from ED’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) program. The SERV Project provides immediate, short-term funding to local educational agencies and higher education institutions that have suffered a violent or traumatic incident to help them restore a safe and conducive environment for learning.

Vice President Kamala Harris will speak on the matter on Wednesday.

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