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Federal Grant Opportunities

Bureau of Justice Assistance 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. ***This grant opportunity has expired; however, the grant program is often renewed annually in the spring/summer. Please check back on this site or sign up with BJA direct to get added to their email distribution list for future announcements.

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. ***This grant opportunity has expired; however, the grant program is often renewed annually in the spring. Please check back on this site or sign up with the COPS Office to get added to their email distribution list for future announcements.

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 2021 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. With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for rigorous research and evaluation projects to study the root causes of school violence to include the impact and effectiveness of grants made under the STOP School Violence Act. NIJ is particularly interested in examining understudied approaches to improve school safety. Of most interest are anti-violence interventions and threat assessment.

Grants.gov deadline is February 22, JustGrants deadline is March 8, 2021.

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?

The anticipated total amount to be awarded under this solicitation has been raised from $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. While the anticipated number of awards listed on page 9 has been raised from 2 to 3, NIJ expects to make 1-3 awards under this solicitation.

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 K-12 School Safety Grant Program

The $5 million program established by SB 310 of the 133rd General Assembly, will distribute competitive reimbursement grants of up to $100,000 to individual K-12 public schools for various safety updates such as cameras, panic buttons, automatic door locks, and visitor badging systems. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) is coordinating this program with the Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) but OFCC will be collecting all applications and answering all questions related to the grant program. All applications must be received by November 1, 2021.

Who is eligible?

This grant program is open to Ohio K-12 public schools. “Public schools” has the same meaning as in section 3781.106 of the Revised Code.

What can schools do with the money?

Schools will need to apply for the grant, and as part of the application process, will go through a "vulnerability assessment" conducted by local law enforcement, military, or experienced security. This vulnerability assessment will identify any areas of improvement that schools can apply for security upgrades for.

For instance, if an assessment states a school needs more parking lot lights, the building will be more likely to be approved for funding if they ask for dollars to improve lighting versus if the school asked for funding for video cameras or other items.

When can schools receive the funds?

Awards under this grant will likely be announced in early 2022.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Visit the OFCC webpage for more information https://ofcc.ohio.gov/Services-Programs/Grants/School-Safety-Grant-Progra

2021 Broadband Ohio Connectivity Grant

On July 28, 2020, Lt. Governor Jon Husted shared the state’s plan to expand broadband services in Ohio. The Lt. Governor announced that the state will set aside $50 million of state funding through the federal CARES Act to provide hotspots and internet-enabled devices to students for purchases made between July 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. Federal legislation has extended the grant opportunity through December 31, 2021.

The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with Broadband Ohio, provided Ohio schools and Education Service Centers with the opportunity to apply for these funds through a grant application process. 

Who is eligible?

  • Applicants identified the eligible group(s) they intend to assist with the purchase of the technology. Those groups include:
  • Economically disadvantaged students, as defined for EMIS reporting, including, students on free lunch;
  • Vulnerable children and youth as defined by the Ohio Department of Education;
  • Students who might have chronic conditions; and
  • Students who do not have other access to the internet.

How do I apply?

More information can be found by accessing the following link: https://ohio-k12.help/broadbandohio-connectivity-grant/

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 carryin 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. This grant opportunity is currently open as of March 1, 2021.

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?

Please note that the deadline for employers to submit School Safety and Security Grant Program applications for fiscal year 2020 was March 31, 2020. Details for future applications and deadlines will be announced at a later date.

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 have the opportunity to apply for their share of $10 million in school safety grants for the 2020-2021 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 $5.15 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 or equipment;
  3. All grade level type educational resources;
  4. Training to identify and assist students with mental health issues;
  5. School supplies or equipment related to school safety or for implementing the school’s safety plan;
  6. 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 are due by January 29, 2021.

Who do I call if I have questions?

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