School Violence Prevention Program Grants

The School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP), 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 in 2018, is a competitive, federal award program that provides funding to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs.


  • 2020: Up to $50 million, $500,000 per award

Applications for SVPP must be submitted by a state, unit of local government (city, county, township, etc.), or its public agencies (state agencies and units of local government agencies such as, county or city public school systems, public boards of education, independent school districts, police departments, sheriff’s departments), or Indian tribes.

Up to $500,000 is awarded per grant. Recipients are required to contribute 25 percent of the total cost. The 25 percent could be waived or altered if the recipient has a severe financial need. The award term is two years.

Allowable costs include:

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


Completing an application is a two-step process:

  1. Applicants should register at and complete and submit an SF-424 through the website
  2. Applicants will receive an invitation email from the COPS office with instructions to complete the application online

Applications are online only. No hard copies should be sent by U.S. mail or electronic copies by email.
Applicants are encouraged to start early. Applying is more than a one-day process.

Can DES assist with the grant application process?

Absolutely! 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 fill out the form below 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.

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On May 2, 2019, DES held a webinar on the School Violence Prevention Program. Watch the webinar below.
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