Grant Details

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 FY2021, 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, including door locking mechanisms/access control doors
      • School site alarm systems, including motion detectors
      • Metal detectors and X-ray machines, including portables (i.e. Handheld or Walk through)
      • Lighting on school grounds
    • Technology
      • Communication technology (e.g. Emergency call boxes, Intercom systems, Panic alarm systems, Two-way radios)
      • Emergency alerts, including automated text messages or emails
      • Identification technology, including ID scanning devices and accompanying equipment
      • Social media monitoring, including automated scans of online content
      • Tracking systems, including smart phone applications
      • Video surveillance technology, including surveillance cameras and accompanying equipment
      • Violence prediction technology, including data driven software 

    History of Funding

    Previous awards may be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    Other allowable expenses under the SVPP program include:

    • Supplies directly related to the SVPP project (e.g. laptops, printers,  training manuals, paper, ink, pens, postage, etc.).
    • Salaries and fringe benefits for civilian/non-sworn personnel hired to carry out SVPP project activities (e.g. project coordinators, technology managers, emergency management coordinators, or trainers).
    • Other costs, including prepaid warranties, maintenance agreements (not to exceed 24 months), overtime costs for civilian or law enforcement personnel engaging in SVPP-related activities, or other items with direct correlation to the overall success of an SVPP project 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, sheriff's departments, school districts). 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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application that demonstrates a comprehensive approach to school safety.

    Deadline Details

    Applicants were required to submit a SF-424 and SF-LLL to by June 15, 2021, at 7:59 PM EDT. Full applications were to be submitted to JustGrants by June 22, 2021, at 7:59 PM EDT. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. * The final JUSTGRants deadline was extended to June 29th, 2021.

    Award Details

    Up to $53,000,000 is available in FY2021. Awards may be up to $500,000 each. Cost sharing/matching of 25% is required. Project periods will extend up to 36-months, starting October 1, 2021.

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