School Violence Prevention Program Grants

The School Violence Prevention Program, implemented by the U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS program following the passage of the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act, provides annual funding through 2028 to improve security at schools across the country.

School Violence Prevention Program



  • Up to $25 million, $500,000 per award, for school security technology and equipment, emergency communications systems and other coordination with law enforcement to enhance response capabilities
  • 2019 – 2028

  • Up to $33 million annually for school security technology and equipment, emergency communications systems and other coordination with law enforcement to enhance response capabilities

    States, local governments and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). School districts are NOT eligible and thus encouraged to partner with eligible entities in order to take advantage of the funding.

    The program is competitive and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application that demonstrates a comprehensive approach to school safety consistent with best practices for school security. The project narrative should include planning efforts, funding request and integration, and implementation, management and sustainability plans.

    Applicants must have a DUNS number and an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database.

    Up to $500,000 is awarded per grant. Recipients are required to contribute 25 percent of the total cost.

    Eligibility includes:

    • Emergency alerts/communication systems
    • Security cameras and other video surveillance technologies
    • Identification/visitor management
    • Access control
    • Intrusion alarm systems
    • Screening equipment
    • Security lighting
    • Metal detectors, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures
    • Technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency
    • Training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence
    • Any other measure that may provide a significant improvement in security


    June 25, 2018 – July 30, 2018 at 7:59 p.m. EDT
    Applications submitted after July 30, 2018, will not be considered for funding.

  • More: How to apply for new school funding before the July 30 deadline

    States, local governments and Indian tribes must apply on the COPS website.

    Completing an application under this program is a two-step process. Applicants must first be registered with and complete an SF-424. Once the SF-424 has been submitted, the COPS Office will send an invitation email to the applicant with instructions on completing the second part of the SVPP application.

  • PDF: Preparing Your Application
  • PDF: 2018 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) Application Guide
  • Can DES assist with the grant application process?

    Yes! At Dagostino Electronic Services, we know a challenge implementing security measures for K-12 educators is the lack of available resources. We hope the new funding will make it easier for districts to implement modern, effective security infrastructure that can help deter or limit violence and keep our students and faculty members safe.

    Contact us today at 1-800-864-4166 or to discuss your school security initiatives. We offer a full line of security solutions and can provide a no obligation security evaluation. Our team of talented engineers can develop a proposal to assist your state or local government in the application process. We can also offer technical advice and long-term security planning.

    Our school security solutions include:

    • Access Control
    • Video Surveillance
    • IP Cameras
    • Electronic Visitor Management
    • Emergency Mass Notification
    • License Plate Recognition
    • Digital Signage and Lighting
    • Biometrics

    School Security Resources: