School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

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CLOSED:

The FY22 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) was closed on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at 7:59 PM ET.*

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Informational Webinar:
STOP School Violence Program FY2022 Solicitation - National Center for Safety (nc2s.org)

This was a live webinar co-hosted with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) that was available for interested applicants to ask questions about the FY2022 solicitations.

ABOUT THE SVPP PROGRAM

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.

Who is Eligible?


Law Enforcement Agencies

State Law Enforcement Agencies

Units of local government (e.g., counties, cities, school districts)
 

Federally Recognized Indian tribes and their public agencies

Public Government Agencies
 
Funding

Up to $53 million in funding is available for FY22 SVPP. Each award is three years (36 months) in duration for a maximum federal share of $500,000 per award. There is a local cash match requirement of at least 25 percent.

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 are 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.

Funding may also be available through the OJJDP FY 2022 Enhancing School Capacity to Address Youth Violence solicitation.

All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

Other SVPP Resources

The following resources present important lessons learned and other insights into school violence that may aid governments and communities as they develop and refine school safety plans. Applicants seeking SVPP funding may find these and other resources helpful as they prepare their applications.

Schoolsafety.gov

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Education (ED), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created SchoolSafety.gov to share actionable recommendations to keep school communities safe. SchoolSafety.gov aims to help schools prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergency situations

National Center For School Safety

NCSS is a BJA STOP Program National Training and Technical Assistance provider and is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional center focused on improving school safety and preventing school violence.

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