Governor Abbott Announces $1.8 Million In Santa Fe Grants

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe ISD have been awarded over $1.8 million in grant funding for the development of a long-term resiliency center and additional school and community counseling services.

The City of Santa Fe’s resiliency center will provide support for communication services, donor management, social activities, and case management. Staff will be trauma-informed and the center will serve as a focal point for the city’s mental health response.

Funding to Santa Fe ISD will provide additional on-campus counseling services for students, employees, and administration members suffering from trauma endured in the aftermath of the Santa Fe school shooting through the addition of three licensed professional counselors and a family and marriage counselor.

“As the Santa Fe community continues to struggle with the tragedy that occurred this past spring, these grants will provide welcome relief,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank our local, state, and federal partners for their work in making these funds available, and the State of Texas will continue to assist the entire Santa Fe community in the aftermath of this tragedy.”

To date, the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division has awarded over $5.7 million in grants to Santa Fe, surrounding communities and responding agencies following the Santa Fe school shooting. Funding was used to support both short and long-term activities such as increased mental health counselors and resources, crisis response services, emergency consultations, psychological first aid, statewide active shooter training, school marshal certifications, behavioral threat assessments, and state level coordination and communication resources to local service providers.

The below organizations have received grant funding assistance for their school safety response:

City of Santa Fe – $1,507,985 Galveston County – $61,146 Gulf Coast Center – $1,242,223 National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) – $32,000 Santa Fe ISD – $322,000 Texas Commission on Law Enforcement – $114,586 Texas Education Service Center (ESC) Region 4 – $687,586 Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) – $1,121,620 Texas State University ALERRT Center – $575,000 Texas State University School Safety Center – $81,022