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COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)


    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 FY2019, funding will be available for the following school safety measures:

    • Acquisition and installation of technology for expedited notification to law enforcement during an emergency
    • Coordination with local law enforcement
    • Placement and use of metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures
    • Training for local law enforcement officers to prevent school violence
    • Any other measure that the COPS Office Director determines may provide a significant improvement in security 

    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:

    • Equipment
      • Entry Control Equipment
        • Door locking mechanisms/access control doors
        • Peepholes for classroom doors
      • School site alarm and protection systems”Motion detectors
      • Metal detectors and X-ray machines, including portables (i.e. Hand held or Walk through)
      • Lighting (on school grounds, not involving construction)
    • Technology
      • Communication technology (e.g. Emergency call boxes, Intercom or public address [PA] system, Panic and immediate alarm notification systems, Two-way radios)
      • Emergency alerts”Automated text messages or email
      • Identification technology”ID scanning devices (and accompanying equipment)
      • Laptops or Printers (directly related to SVPP)
      • Maps of schools/bus routes”GIS Software
      • Social media monitoring”Automated scans of online content
      • Tracking systems”Smart phone applications
      • Video surveillance technology”Surveillance cameras and/or systems (and accompanying equipment)
      • Violence prediction technology”Data driven software 

    History of Funding

    2018 awards can be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    Other allowable expenses under the SVPP program include:

    • Supplies directly related to the SVPP project (e.g. training manuals, paper, printer ink, pens, postage, etc.).
    • Salaries and fringe benefits for any civilian/non-sworn personnel hired to carry out SVPP project activities (e.g. project coordinators, project managers, technology managers, emergency management coordinators, or trainers).
    • Other costs may include such items as software and prepaid warranties or maintenance agreements (not to exceed 24 months), overtime costs for civilian or law enforcement personnel engaging in SVPP-related activities (not to exceed 20% of the awarded budget), or other miscellaneous items that have a direct correlation to the overall success of a recipients project objectives (such as awareness campaigns) and are necessary for the project to reach full implementation.


    COPS Response Center

    COPS Response Center
    145 N Street NE
    Washington, DC 20530
    (800) 421-6770

  • Eligibility Details

    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.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by May 31, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $25,000,000 is available in FY2019. 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, 2019.


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