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Applications Open for FY 2019 STOP School Violence Grants

The U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance recently announced that it is seeking applications for FY19's Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence grants.

What are STOP grants?

The STOP School Violence Program awards competitive grants to help improve school safety through prevention and reducing school violence through certain types of projects.

What can the funds be used for?

Funds can be used on initiatives to improve school safety including:

  • Training to prevent student violence against others and self, designed for local law enforcement officers, school personnel, and/or students. This can include specialized training for school officials to respond to mental health crises and anti-bullying training. 
  • The development and deployment of school threat assessment teams that include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel to implement and operate technology solutions and anonymous reporting systems such as mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites.

Who can apply?

Public agencies (including individual schools, school districts, towns, cities and municipalities, police departments, sheriff's departments, mental health service providers, and health providers); federally recognized Indian tribes, and nonprofit entities to include private schools are all eligible to apply.

How many awards will be given?

Up to 20 awards will be given, up to $500,000 or $750,000 each, depending on the purpose of your project.

When is the deadline to submit?

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on March 3, 2020.

Where can I find more information?

More information and a guidance packet can be found here.