The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is awarding $25 million in grants as part of the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence: School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).
Awards should be used to increase safety at school across the country through evidence-based school safety programs. Funding will cover 75 percent of the certain safety measures, with the other 25 percent provided by the recipients, including:
- Coordination with law enforcement
- Training and education for local law enforcement to prevent student violence on campuses
- Metal detectors, lock, lighting and additional violence-deterrent methods
- Technology to expedite law enforcement notifications during emergencies
- Additional safety measures that are deemed a significant improvement to security
Awards are capped at $500,000 and will be awarded directly to units of government at the state or local level.
The deadline to apply for a COPS School Violence Prevention Program grant is July 30, 2018.
Good Neighbor Citizen Grants from StateFarm
State Farm helps to build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States by providing Good Neighbor Citizen Grants. The issues of community safety have received unprecedented attention in the wake of school shootings such as at Sandy Hook Elementary, Virginia Tech and hurricanes such as Katrina and Sandy. As these diverse yet equally exigent disasters unfold, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board recognizes the importance of keeping our communities safe from natural disasters, social issues and acts of violence. Educational institutions are eligible for these grants that focus on safety, education and community development.
Public Safety Grants from Target
Target has a public safety grant eligible for public schools. This grant covers specialized investigative police equipment such as digital cameras, forensic items, youth programs such as PAL or Police Explorers, and crime prevention programs such as vehicle theft prevention or neighborhood watch.
New Federal Funding Bill Pours Money Into School Safety
The House Appropriations Committee in a press release touted $2.3 billion in increases for school safety, with funds coming through programs at the Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services departments.
Overall, the Education Department would get $70.9 billion under the bill, a $3.9 billion, or 5.5 percent, increase — the largest boost the department has seen in recent years. Charter school programs would receive $58 million, or about 17 percent more, although 2018 Trump administration budget proposals to fund private school vouchers or promote public school choice via Title I funds were nixed.
School safety has been top of agenda in D.C. since the February 14 shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.
CONGRESS HAS PROVIDED SIGNIFICANT NEW FUNDING FOR SCHOOL SECURITY.
Updated April 16, 2019
Through the STOP School Violence Act enacted in 2018, Congress authorized nearly $1 billion for U.S. Department of Justice school safety and security grants over the next ten years. Two thirds of funding appropriated under the act supports violence prevention training and anonymous reporting technology through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, while one third is prioritized specifically for school security equipment and technology and related uses under the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).
For information on allowable uses, application considerations and other important information on the program, see SIA’s school violence prevention program page.
United States BJA Grant Opportunities
BJA provides formula grants, discretionary grants, earmark funding, and funding for payment programs to support state, local, tribal, and community efforts to build safe communities.
While BJA awards many grants specifically to state, local, and tribal government, BJA also provides grant opportunities that support faith-based and non-profit activities. Please visit the BJA Funding page for a complete list of funding opportunities.
DOJ awards more than $70M in grant funding for school safety
- The U.S. Department of Justice announced more than $70 million in grant funding through the STOP School Violence Act, which provides support for school security, student and faculty training, and to aid law enforcement officers and first responders during school violence incidents.
- More than 220 jurisdictions across the country will receive awards through one of two entities — the Office of Justice Program’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) — that will provide new reporting technology, threat deterrent measures, and training and education, according to the release. The funding can also support new or existing crisis intervention teams.
- The department will also invest $1 million toward research on the factors that lead to mass shootings.