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School Safety Grants 

Funding for Your School

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Being involved with school safety is on every parents mind.  You can help to make certain that YOUR SCHOOL is implementing this life-saving critical incident response technology by encouraging your school to reach out to us to schedule a free demonstration.  

Safety Grants Available Nationwide:

More and more, lawmakers are leading the charge for change.  All across the nation, multiple safety bills are being passed and many have associated grant funding.  This means free money for your school.  ASR is actively researching multiple bills and approved funding.  Review this page regularly to see if your state or county has available funds.

National Funding

FY 2020 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation


The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government. BJA will award JAG Program funds to eligible units of local government as described in this FY 2020 JAG Program Local Solicitation (a separate solicitation was issued for states).

In general, JAG funds awarded to a unit of local government under this FY 2020 solicitation may be used to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice, including any one or more of the following:

Law enforcement programs
Prosecution and court programs
Prevention and education programs
Corrections and community corrections programs
Drug treatment and enforcement programs
Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)
Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams


Thursday, September 10, 2020

CONTACT: COPS Office Public Affairs
PHONE NUMBER: (202) 514-9079

WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced nearly $50 million in school safety funding through its School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). SVPP provides up to 75% funding for school safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools and school grounds.

“With the new school year underway, the safety of our nation’s students remains paramount,” said COPS Office Director Phil Keith. “Although this school year may look different at the start, now is the ideal time to make preparations to enhance school safety for when all of our children are back in the classroom.”

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, Indian tribes, and public agencies (such as school districts and law enforcement agencies) to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs. The 160 awards announced today can be used for coordination with law enforcement; training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence; metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures; technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency; and other measures that provide a significant improvement in security. The full list of SVPP awards can be found here.

In addition to the school safety grants announced today, the COPS Office School Safety Working Group, which is composed of representatives from eight national law enforcement organizations, has identified 10 essential actions that can be taken by schools, school districts, and law enforcement agencies to help prevent critical incidents involving the loss of life or injuries in our nation's schools and to respond rapidly and effectively when incidents do occur. The Ten Essential Actions to Improve School Safety are applicable to school shootings as well as to other areas of school safety, including natural disasters and traumatic events such as student suicide. Adopting policies and practices based on the recommendations in this publication can help make school communities safer and save lives.

Office Of Justice Programs: $76 Million For School

Safety - April 8, 2020


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Office of Justice Programs Tuesday announced that more than $76 million in grant funding is available to help communities improve school security and protect students, teachers and faculty from threats of violence.

“School violence is no longer an abstract threat but has become a tragic reality in too many of America’s communities. Moving to meet this challenge is among the Administration’s top domestic priorities,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight to meet this challenge. OJP is making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”

OJP is the federal government’s leading source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance for state, local and tribal jurisdictions. Its programs support a wide array of activities and services, including programs designed to tighten school security and improve the reporting of threats. 

A number of funding opportunities for school safety are open, with another opening in the near future:


For more information regarding all OJP funding opportunities, visit

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at

The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems. More information about OJP and its components can be found at

School Districts Can Now Apply For Department of Justice’s 2020 School Security Grants


Tens of millions of dollars in Department of Justice school security grants are now available to school districts across the country, according to U.S. attorney’s offices who announced the grants on Friday.

A number of funding opportunities are now open for applications, including districts seeking grants for research and evaluation on school safety and the development of strategies to support children exposed to violence.

The largest grant program available is the STOP Act School Violence Program, which plans to give out $71.4 million in funding. All three programs have deadlines in April. (For links to the grant programs, click here).

The funding is made available on an annual basis from the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs, often referred to as OJP. Last year, schools around the U.S. received about $85.3 million in funding from school violence programs run through OJP.

COPS Office announces 2020 grant funding

opportunities - Application Date Extensions


The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has announced the opening of several grant funding opportunities for 2020.

Due to the potential impact of jurisdictional emergency responses to COVID-19 that may cause reasonable delays for applicants, the COPS Office has extended the solicitation deadline for several open grant programs. 



The information below is focused on the grants that municipal agencies can apply for direct. 

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grants


U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity.

DHS has identified four critical priority areas for attention in the FY 2020 grant cycle: cybersecurity, soft targets and crowded places, intelligence and information sharing, and emerging threats. Applicants will be required to submit investment justifications that address these priorities.  In addition, DHS will conduct an effectiveness review process to ensure grant funding is allocated to those projects the most effectively address these priorities.

COPS Office Grant Announcement - New Funding Opportunity Open Now!


The COPS Office is pleased to announce that the following grant funding opportunity is now open and accepting applications:

School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)The 2020 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program is a competitive program that provides funding directly to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and its public agencies to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs.  Up to $50 million is available for this program. Applications are due by April 8, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT. 


Please click here for more information on the 2020 School Violence Prevention Program.

$25 Million in COPS School Violence Prevention

Program Grants


COPS School Violence Prevention Program grants provide funding for law enforcement coordination, notification technology and violence-deterrent methods.

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.


Apply online at the COPS Office website. 

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.


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.

The COPS Office is pleased to announce that the following two grant funding opportunities are now open and accepting applications:


COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

The 2020 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance public safety through community policing by addressing the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. CHP provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire existing career law enforcement officers and to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. All local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply.
Applications are due by March 11, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT.  
Please click here for more information on the 2020 COPS Hiring Program.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program

The 2020 Community Policing Development Microgrants Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance the practice of community policing by providing funding to local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Applicants are invited to propose demonstration or pilot projects to be implemented in their agency that offer creative ideas to advance crime fighting, community engagement, problem solving, or organizational changes to support community policing in one of the following ten areas:

Hate Crimes
Human Trafficking
Meeting Rural Law Enforcement Challenges
Officer Safety and Wellness
Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
School Safety
Staffing and Allocation Studies
Victim-Centered Approaches
Violent Crime
Youth Engagement

Applications are due by March 11, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Please click here for more information on the 2020 Community Policing Development Microgrants Program.

Contact us for more information on the programs for your state. Call us at (202)905-2334 Ext. 637

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