School Safety Grants

NEW Federal Grant Opportunities

Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 2019 STOP School Violence Grants

The FY 2019 Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Program is designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on March 3, 2020.

Who is eligible?

  • Public agencies – e.g. school districts, towns, cities and municipalities, individual schools, police departments, sheriff’s departments, mental health service providers, health departments;
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes;
  • Nonprofit entities to include private schools.


What will applicants receive?

Please note that this particular grant does not require a match. The BJA expects anticipates awarding up to $10,000,000 under this solicitation and the estimated maximum dollar amount for each award is:

  • Up to $500,000 each for Purpose Area 1, training;
  • Up to $750,000 each for Purpose Area 2, threat assessment and/or intervention teams.


What can applicants do with the money?

The program’s objective is to increase school safety by:

  1. Implementing training and school threat assessments and/or intervention teams to identify school violence risks among students;
  2. Technological solutions such as anonymous reporting technology that can be implemented as a mobile phone-based app, a hotline, or a website in the applicant’s geographic area to enable students, teachers, faculty, and community members to anonymously identify threats of school violence;
  3. Other school safety strategies that assist in preventing violence.


Who do I contact with questions?

The full solicitation can be found on their website located here.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726 or 606–545–5035, at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.


COPS School Violence Grant Program (SVPP) Grants

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. Recipients of SVPP funding must use funding for the benefit of K-12, primary and secondary schools and students. **The COPS Office has extended the application deadline for the FY20 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) from April 8, 2020 to April 29, 2020 at 7:59 p.m. EDT.

 

Who is eligible?

Applications for SVPP must be submitted by:

  • A state;
  • Unit of local government (city, county, township, etc.) or its public agencies (state agencies and units of local government agencies such as, county or city public school systems, public boards of education, police departments, sheriff’s departments), or Indian tribes.


What will applicants receive?

Please note that this particular grant does require a match. There is up to $50 million in funding available for FY 2020 under this grant program. The maximum federal share is $500,000. Applicants are required to contribute a local cash match of a minimum of 25 percent towards the total cost of the approved project during the award period.


What can applicants do with the money?

The 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 for:

  • 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.


Who do I contact with questions?

The full solicitation can be found on their website located here.

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424, call the Grants.gov customer service hotline at 800-518-4726, send questions via email to support@grants.gov or consult the Grants.gov Organization Applicant User Guide at https://www.grants.gov/help/html/help/index.htm. For programmatic assistance with the requirements of this program or with submitting the application through the COPS Office Online Application System, please call the COPS Office Customer Care Center at 800-421-6770 or send questions via email to AskCopsRC@usdoj.gov.


NIJ Research and Evaluation on School Safety Fiscal Year 2020 Grants

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding to conduct research and evaluation to enhance knowledge to improve the safety of schools and students. Specifically, applicants should propose research and evaluation projects that will study the root causes of school violence and/or the activities or purpose areas addressed by STOP School Violence Act projects. This program furthers the Department’s mission by developing knowledge to advance school safety operations and practices to deliver school safety services to communities more effectively and efficiently at the state, local, and tribal levels. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 13, 2020.  

Who is eligible?

In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with eligible entities as listed below:

  • States (including territories);
  • Units of local government;
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior);
  • Nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations); and
  • Institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).


What will applicants receive?

There is up to $5 million in funding available under this grant program. NIJ expects to make awards under this solicitation as grants or cooperative agreements.

What can applicants do with the money?

This solicitation seeks applications for funding to conduct research to

  1. Examine the root causes of school violence.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the approaches to stopping school violence found in the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) FY 2018 or FY 2019 STOP School Violence Act solicitations.
  3. Research on the perspectives of STOP School Violence Act solicitations.


Who do I contact with questions?

The full solicitation can be found on their website located here.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726 or 1-606-545-5035 (international), at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.


Ohio Based Grant Opportunities

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation School Safety and Security Grants

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) developed the School Safety and Security Grant Program to assist administrators of Ohio’s educational facilities with ensuring the safety of their staff and students when carrying out the instructional services they provide to children. The program is available to eligible Ohio employers that wish to purchase equipment that will substantially improve the safety and security of licensed educational facilities and reduce the potential for injuries.

Who is eligible? 

The School Safety and Security Grant Program is available to Ohio employers that operate licensed preschool through grade 12 educational facilities, have had a BWC policy for at least two years and have remained in good standing with the BWC.

What will schools receive?

Eligible employers may receive up to $40,000 from the School Safety and Security Grant Program. It is a three-to-one matching program, which means BWC will pay $3 to every $1 the school spends toward the eligible equipment.

What can schools do with the money?

Schools may apply for:

  • Safety interventions such as flooring/floor coatings for reducing slip hazards; lightweight lunch tables that reduce lifting and handling hazards; motorized bleacher systems to reduce manual pushing and pulling forces; safe food fryers; food cutting/slicing equipment; and floor cleaning machines.
  • Incident response equipment such as equipment bags/backpacks stocked with trauma first-aid supplies; two-way communication devices and software designed to directly interface with emergency responder radio systems; and school wide panic alarm/panic button systems.
  • Building/grounds/transportation security enhancements such as interior and exterior security doors and mechanisms (for example, panic bars or other fire code compliant door-locking mechanisms, bulletproof glass, bullet resistant coating materials for existing glass); protective vehicle crash barriers at entrances; modifications of building/facility entrances to restrict access; secured keycard systems; metal detectors (fixed or portable); security cameras; and emergency (police dispatch) call poles.


When can schools receive funds?

The program is available starting Nov. 15, 2018, and continues until all School Safety and Security Grant funds are exhausted.

Who do I contact with questions?

Interested employers can visit the School Safety and Security Grant webpage to learn more about the program and to download a fillable PDF version of the application. Questions or inquiries can be submitted via the BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene’s Safety Intervention Grant email box


Ohio Attorney General’s Office School Safety Training Grants

Ohio’s schools had the opportunity to apply for their share of $10 million in school safety grants for the 2019-2020 school year. Funding for the grants comes from money Ohio legislators set aside for school safety in House Bill 166, the main operating budget. The law gave school leaders flexibility to decide how the grant funds can benefit school safety and security efforts.

Who is eligible? 

Public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever is greater.

What can schools do with the money?

Funding can be used for school safety and security efforts including, but not limited to:

  1. The support of school resource officer certification training;
  2. Any type of active shooter and school safety training;
  3. All grade-level type educational resources;
  4. Training to identify and assist students with mental health issues;
  5. Any other training related to school safety.


When can schools receive funds?

The Attorney General’s Office notified superintendents about eligibility and provided instructions for accessing the funds. All applications were due by Dec. 13, 2019.

Who do I call if I have questions?

Please contact the Attorney General’s office at (614) 466-6963 or email SchoolSafetyGrants@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov