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 to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs.
In FY2020, funding will be available for the following school safety measures:
Any equipment and/or technology items included in the project budget must be clearly linked to the enhancement or implementation of the SVPP project. Examples of such items may include the following:
Previous awards may be viewed at: (2018) https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1097856/download or (2019) https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/2019AwardDocs/svpp/Award_List.pdf.
Other allowable expenses under the SVPP program include:
Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, Indian tribes, and public agencies (e.g. police departments, sheriffs departments, school districts). Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application that demonstrates a comprehensive approach to school safety.
Applications were to be submitted by April 29, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.
Up to $50,000,000 is available in FY2020. Awards may be up to $500,000 each. Cost sharing/matching of 25% is required. Project periods will extend up to 24-months, starting October 1, 2020.