School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

NOW OPEN:

The School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) is open and will close on May 31, 2019 at 7:59 p.m. EDT

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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.

Up to $25 million is available through this year’s COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

Special Eligibility Notice for School Districts

Applications for SVPP must be submitted by a state, tribe, or local unit of 'general' government (city, county, township, etc.), or public agencies (school districts, police departments, sheriff’s departments). Recipients of SVPP funding must use funding for the benefit of K-12, primary and secondary schools and students.  

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.

Awards will be provided directly to states, units of local government, Indian tribes, or public agencies. Award recipients may contract with or make sub-awards to local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations (excluding schools), units of local government, or tribal organizations.

Interested applicants are encouraged to prepare for the opening of the solicitation by reviewing the required information needed. A checklist and further information can be found here.

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.

The following resources present important lessons learned and other insights into school violence which may aid governments and communities as they develop and refine school safety plans. Applicants seeking funding for the School Violence Prevention Program may find these and other resources helpful as they prepare their applications.

OTHER GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

The Final Report and Finding of the Safe School Initiative
The Safe School Initiative sought to identify information that could be obtainable, or "knowable," prior to an attack. That information would then be analyzed and evaluated to produce a factual, accurate knowledge base on targeted school attacks. This knowledge could be used to help communities across the country to formulate policies and strategies aimed at preventing school-based attacks.

U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center
On July 12, 2018, the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center released Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence to provide fundamental direction on how to prevent incidents of targeted school violence. The guide provides schools and communities with a framework to identify students of concern, assess their risk for engaging in violence, and identify intervention strategies to mitigate that risk.

NON-FEDERAL RESOURCES

Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Shootings
The purpose of this document is to present different strategies and approaches for members of school communities to consider when creating safer learning environments.