The Illinois Digital Educators Alliance is excited to announce its partnership with Alertus Technologies to offer all IDEA member colleges and school districts a chance at being awarded at $75,000 emergency preparedness grant.
Alertus Technologies is a leader in emergency mass notification solutions. Alertus actively works to reach local and international communities that are insufficiently prepared for an emergency or disaster event. Through the Alertus Grant Program, organizations can improve their emergency preparedness strategies with free hardware and software solutions from the company.
Last year, the company partnered with six associations across the country to award grants totaling up to $250,000 to K-12 school districts and higher education institutions. By partnering with IDEA, Alertus hopes to expand its grants program to support more K-12 Illinois schools and higher education institutions in need of safety and notification system support.
“March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois, and we believe all schools deserve access to the mass notification tools necessary for instantly spreading awareness in the event of severe storms or other crises,” said Ryan McGonigle, Director of Philanthropy at Alertus. “The safety of students and educators is paramount, and we are excited to partner with IDEA to increase emergency preparedness and enhance school safety through our Alertus Emergency Preparedness Grant Program.”
“We believe an educator’s focus should always be on the students. If there are opportunities we can provide to a district that removes a hurdle in keeping that focus on students, we want to make it happen,” said IDEA Executive Director Amber Heffner. “In partnering with Alertus, we believe we can support a district in need with a sense of safety in knowing they’ll be able to more effectively handle an emergency situation."
Applicants must be an IDEA member and a registered non-profit organization or a government entity such as a school, library, or public agency to apply for the grant.
IDEA members can apply via the IDEA website at ideaillinois.org/alertus-grant. Grant applications will be accepted until April 30th, 2021.