COPS and STOP Grant

The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018) gave the COPS Office authority to provide awards directly to States, units of local government, or Indian tribes to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs and technology.

Eligible: Local Law Enforcement Agencies, State Law Enforcement Agencies, Units of local government (e.g. counties, cities, school districts), Federally Recognized Indian tribes, Public Government Agencies.

As K-12 schools across the country grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that grant writing may not be top of mind. But for school safety leaders, this funding presents a unique opportunity to invest in critical emergency communication technology for your school district. Applications for the COPS School Violence Prevention Program and the STOP School Violence Act grants have now been extended, giving your school a chance to apply for funding.

Up to $73 million in funding is available for FY23 SVPP. Each award is three years (36 months) in duration for a maximum federal share of $500,000 per award. There is a local cash match (cost share) requirement of at least 25 percent.

SVPP funding will provide up to 75% funding for the following school safety measures in and around K-12 (primary and secondary) schools and school grounds:

    • “Coordination with law enforcement”
      “Training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence against others and self”
    • “Metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures”
    • “Technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency”
    • “Any other measure that the COPS Office determines may provide a significant improvement in security”

The following school safety measures are available through the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) section of the STOP School Violence Act of 2018:

    • Development and operation of anonymous reporting systems
      • Hotlines
      • Internet websites
      • Mobile telephone applications
    • Development and operation of a school threat assessment
    • Specialized training for school officials in responding to mental health crises
    • Training for school personnel and students to prevent student violence against others and self
    • Any other measure the BJA determines may provide a significant improvement in security

Please find additional info on the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) website.

Funding may also be available through the OJJDP FY 2023 Enhancing School Capacity to Address Youth Violence solicitation.

All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

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