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 (SSV) program seeks to increase school safety. The program's objectives are to increase school safety using evidence-based solutions to prevent violence against schools, staff, and students and ensure a positive school climate.

    • 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.

    Eligible applicants for Categories 1 or 2 may submit one application that includes proposals for one or more of the following areas: 

    • Developing and operating technology solutions such as anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, websites, or other school safety technology solutions
    • Develop and implement multidisciplinary behavioral threat assessment (BTA) and/or intervention teams
    • Train school personnel and educate students on preventing school violence, including strategies to improve a school climate
    • Specialized training for law enforcement who work in schools and/or with school-age populations such as school resource officers (SROs) and probation officers
    • Hiring of school support personnel such as climate specialists, school psychologists, school social workers, school-based violence interrupters, and others directly supporting the prevention of school violence.

    By statute, funds may not be used to hire new SROs but may be used to pay overtime to existing SROs who are performing duties as part of a grant that are outside the scope of their normal job duties.


    History of Funding

    2023 examples of funded projects can be seen at:

    2021 recipients can be seen at:

    2020 recipients can be seen at:

    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.

    Priority Areas:

    In support of Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, OJP will provide priority consideration when making award decisions to the following: 

    • Applications that propose project(s) that are designed to promote racial equity and the removal of barriers to access and opportunity for communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by inequality.
    • Applicants that demonstrate that their capabilities and competencies for implementing their proposed project(s) are enhanced because they (or at least one proposed subrecipient that will receive at least 40% of the requested award funding, as demonstrated in the Budget Web-Based Form) identify as a culturally specific organization.


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  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants for Category One are State governments and public and state-controlled institutions of higher education. Eligible applicants for Category Two are local and tribal governments, 501 (c)(3) nonprofits (other than IHEs), private IHEs, and independent school districts.

    Deadline Details

    Applicants must submit their SF-424 and SF-LLL forms to by June 12, 2024 8:59 PM ET. Full applications are to be submitted to JustGrants by June 20, 2024 8:59 PM ET. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    In FY 2024, $83,000,000 is available for approximately 79 awards. 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 69. Maximum dollar amount for each award is up to $1,000,000. Period of performance is 36 months, beginning October 1, 2024. Cost sharing is not required. 

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