Securing School Safety Grant Money: Securing School Violence Prevention Program Grants

Securing School Safety Grant Money:

A Primer on K12 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) Grants


Following the Douglas Parkland shooting of February 2018, Congress passed the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, which provides funding to improve school safety or security in K-12 schools in the form of the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grants.

SVPP grants provide up to $75 million annually (until 2028) to States, units of local government, or Indian tribes for K-12 school security improvements.

SVPP funding can provide up to 75% coverage for K-12 school safety measures including:

  • Classroom intruder door locks, school lockdown access control systems, metal detectors, and other best-practice security measures
  • Technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency
  • Any other measure that the COPS Office determines may provide a significant improvement in security
  • Coordination with law enforcement
  • Training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence against others and self

SVPP grants are based on need and availability, but when awarded can be an annual source of funding that can offset the cost of security upgrades. The significant upside of making an impact on your facility’s security and safety goals is certainly worth the time to apply.


Find out more…

For free assessment visit our School Safety Vulnerability Assessment.

Reach out to your local IDN branch for further resources on how to pursue your grant.

For tips on how to prepare for applying read Dr. Judy Riffle’s article for GovGrantHelp.com, “Strategizing Funded School Safety Grants.”

Further reading in Campus Safety Magazine’s article provides some qualities the Department of Justice might be looking for in SVPP grant awardees.

For more information on School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grants visit the grant overview site or download their fact sheet.

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