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School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

Grants to USA State and Local Governments, Tribes, School
Districts, and Agencies to Enhance Security in Schools

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U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)

Deadline Date:

06/15/21 7:59 PM EDT - deadline; JustGrants application deadline is 6/22/21 at 7:59 PM EDT.


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Grants to USA state and local governments, school systems and districts, Indian tribes, and public agencies to enhance security in K-12 schools and on school premises. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support programs and projects that include officer training, local law enforcement coordination, technology acquisition and installation, and other security enhancement measures.

The goal of the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) is to improve security* at schools and on school grounds through the implementation of evidence-based school safety programs and technology. Anticipated outcomes of SVPP awards include:

  • Improved information sharing with local law enforcement; 
  • Increased interaction and improved communications between law enforcement and school officials; 
  • Reduced notification times to law enforcement; 
  • Improved response time to threats and events; 
  • Accurate identification of danger (without resort to discriminatory stereotypes or violating privacy) and followup; 
  • Increased knowledge of and use of community policing principles; and increased school safety and sustainability planning efforts.

For the purposes of this program, a school is defined as an elementary or secondary school, including a Bureau-funded school (as defined in section 2021 of title 25).

Applicants that have experienced high rates of gun violence, firearms seizures, and gun-related incidents on school grounds will be given priority consideration—with an emphasis placed on efforts to improve the training and coordination of law enforcement to support and enhance the continuum of wraparound services for students.

SVPP will provide funding for the following school safety measures in and around K-12 (primary and secondary) schools and school grounds:

  • Coordination with local 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, including hotlines, Internet websites, and 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

For allowable costs, see p. 11 of the Instructions document listed in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183989

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The COPS Office anticipates making approximately 160 SVPP awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each award will be capped at $500,000 of federal funding.

Microgrants: Approximately $1 million of the available funding will be reserved for microgrants for school districts, including rural, tribal, and low-resourced schools. Microgrant award requests must be for $100,000 or less, and the 25% local match (cost share) requirement may be waived if fiscal need is demonstrated. Consideration for microgrant funding does not exclude the applicant agency from other SVPP funding.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance of SVPP awards will be three years (36 months) for the implementation of projects funded under this program.

Period of Performance Start Date: October 1, 2021, 12:00 AM


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments, County governments, Independent school districts, Native American tribal
governments (Federally recognized), State governments. States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and their public agencies are also eligible to apply.

Public agencies include 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.

Individual schools, colleges, and universities are not eligible to apply as the primary applicant.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient. For detailed information on this new certification requirement, please visit

For unallowable costs, see p. 13 of the Instructions document listed in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Deadline: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:59 PM EDT
- Application JustGrants Deadline: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:59 PM EDT
- All applicants will be notified of funding decisions by September 30, 2021.

SVPP applications are a two-part process. Applications must be submitted through both and the JustGrants system. Applicants will submit the SF-424 in and the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants.

You are urged to begin the process in and JustGrants as soon as your agency believes it will apply for SVPP funding. The SF-424 and SF-LLL are due in one week prior to the JustGrants application close date.

Registration is required on before applying. Applicants are strongly recommended to register immediately on

Applicants are also required to:
- Have a DUNS number; and
- Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; and
- Provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and
- Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency.

Please note: If the applicant already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to two weeks to process. If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service. To ensure all applicants are able to apply by the deadline for this solicitation, applicants should obtain a DUNS number and registered online with the SAM and with well in advance of the JustGrants deadline.

As a condition of funding, if awarded, recipients must conduct comprehensive school safety assessments during the grant award period for all schools involved in the project.

SVPP funding will provide up to 75% funding. There is a local match requirement of at least 25 percent. The COPS Office may waive the 25 percent local match requirement in the case of a recipient with a demonstrated severe financial need.

SVPP is an open solicitation and previously funded applicants are not restricted from submitting an application.

For an Overview on the STOP School Violence Act:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424, please call the customer service hotline at 800-518-4726, or send questions via email to

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at or 833-872-5175.

For programmatic and general assistance with the solicitation requirements, contact the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or by email at

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