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U.S. Department of Justice: STOP School Violence Technology and Threat Assessment Solutions for Safer Schools Program

Deadline: June 11, 2019

The STOP (Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act) School Violence Technology and Threat Assessment Solutions for Safer Schools Program specifically seeks applications that address the development and operation of school threat assessment and specialized multidisciplinary mental health intervention teams; the development of technology for local or regional anonymous reporting systems; and the creation or enhancement of State School Safety Centers.

The STOP School Violence Act is designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence. Funding for activities related to educating students and training school personnel can be sought through the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program.

Applicants can apply to carry out activities related to: 1) the development and operation of school threat assessment and specialized multidisciplinary intervention teams designed to identify threats before they materialize, including those that originate from individuals with untreated or unidentified mental illness to respond to identified threats and mental health concerns; 2) development and implementation of technology that allows for anonymous reporting; and 3) the creation and/or operation of a State School Safety Center.

To the extent practicable, the Program wants to provide an equitable geographic distribution of grants among regions of the United States and among urban, suburban, and rural areas. To fulfill this requirement, the following categories have been established for applicants, based on population:

  • Category 1 – A state with a population of greater than 5,000,000
  • Category 2 – A state with a population of fewer than 5,000,000
  • Category 3 – An urban area or large county with a population of greater than 500,000
  • Category 4 – A suburban area or medium-sized county with a population of between 100,000 and 500,000
  • Category 5 – A rural area or small county with a population of fewer than 100,000
  • Category 6 – A federally recognized Indian Tribe
  • Category 7 – Technology and anonymous reporting; those applying for the technology portion of the Program will apply under Category 7, which does not have a population requirement
  • Category 8 – A state proposing to create or enhance a State School Safety Center; those states applying for the school safety center portion of the Program will apply under Category 8, which does not have a population requirement

Amount: Approximately $34,300,000 is available to make awards dependent upon Category, as follows:

  • Category 1: Eight awards of up to $1,000,000 each
  • Category 2: Eight awards of up to $500,000 each
  • Category 3: Eight awards of up to $500,000 each
  • Category 4: 18 awards of up to $250,000 each
  • Category 5: 13 awards of up to $150,000 each
  • Category 6: Six awards of up to $100,000 each
  • Category 7: 17 awards of up to $250,000 each
  • Category 8: Seven awards of up to $1,000,000 each

The period of performance is 36 months for all categories.

Eligibility: States, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes, and public agencies (school districts, police departments, sheriff’s departments, etc.).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314660

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