• Kristin Cooper


NOW OPEN: The FY21 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) is open and will close on June 22, 2021 at 7:59 p.m. EDT.

*Important: Certain registration requirements must be completed earlier. The deadline for applicants to register for and submit an SF-424 via is June 15, 2021.


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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.

Up to $53 million in funding is available for FY 2021 SVPP. Each award is three years (36 months) in duration for a maximum of $500,000 per award. There is a local match requirement of at least 25 percent.

Eligibility 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, independent school districts, police departments, sheriff’s departments), or Indian tribes. Recipients of SVPP funding must use funding for the benefit of K-12, primary and secondary schools and students.

Per the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, 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 will be 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. All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

Please Note: To apply for funding, applicants must have a DUNS number (DUNS numbers are required of all agencies requesting federal funding) and have an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database. SAM replaces the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database as the repository for standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients. Applicants must update or renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status.


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