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STOP School Violence (SSV) Grant Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The STOP School Violence Act is designed to improve K-12 school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to quickly recognize and respond violent attacks, mitigate risk exposure, and prevent acts of violence and ensure a positive school climate. It provides funding to state, local, and Indian tribal governments to develop threat assessment and crisis intervention teams and anonymous reporting systems designed to identify threats before they materialize, including those that originate from individuals with mental health issues; and for the training of students, school personnel, and local law enforcement officers so that they can partner in preventing violent events from happening. In 2021, the Department will accept applications under the following purpose areas:

    • Train school personnel and educate students on preventing student violence against others and themselves to include anti-bullying training. This can also include specialized training for school officials to respond to mental health crises.
    • Develop and implement threat assessment and/or intervention teams to operate technology solutions such as anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites. These teams must coordinate with law enforcement agencies and school personnel.

    Priority consideration will be provided for applications that:

    • Address the specific challenges that rural communities face.
    • Encourage program investments in economically distressed communities (e.g. Qualified Opportunity Zones).

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Each application shall be accompanied by an assurance that the application was prepared after consultation with individuals not limited to law enforcement officers (such as school violence researchers, licensed mental health professionals, social workers, teachers, principals, and other school personnel) to ensure that the improvements to be funded under the grant are (1) consistent with a comprehensive approach to preventing school violence; and (2) individualized to the needs of each school at which those improvements are to be made.

    All applications must include in their application materials a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the lead law enforcement agency and the corresponding lead school official.


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington, DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are State governments; local governments; Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education (e.g. school districts, towns, cities and municipalities, individual schools, police departments, sheriff's departments, mental health service providers, health departments); Federally recognized Indian tribes; and Nonprofit entities (to include private schools)

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted to by August 2, 2021. Full applications are to be submitted to JustGrants by August 16, 2021. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    In FY 2021, there are two categories of awards in BCJI. Categories 1 and 2 support planning and implementation phases as described in more detail below. Category 1 is for State Governments, including Public and State-controlled Institutions of Higher Education, and Category 2 is for all other applicants (including training or preventing violence).

    Anticipated Amount to be Awarded $74,000,000. Category 1: Total number of awards BJA expects to make is 10, Maximum dollar amount for each award is up to $2,000,000. Category 2: Total number of awards BJA expects to make is 140, Maximum dollar amount for each award is up to $1,000,000. Period of Performance Start Date is October 1, 2021, 12:00 AM for a performance duration of 36 months. Cost sharing is not required. 

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