Soft Target Program for Overseas Schools


Improve physical security of overseas schools to deter or lessen the impact of terrorism and/or violent crime.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Section 29 of the State Department Basic Authorization Act.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility
Every request for Soft Target grant funding must be submitted via an official cable from the applicable overseas post under the authority of the Ambassador. Grant funding is provided via a grant issued by one of two grant offices within the State Department. The grant office is determined by whether the school is a Department-assisted school or not. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.
Award Procedure
Regional Security Officers meet with school officials to discuss threats, vulnerabilities, and possible remedial action. RSO's prepare and send an official cable outlining recommendations, rationale, budgetary cost estimates, and school specific data. The Bureau of Diplomatic Security, along with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations jointly review the funding request to verify that it meets Soft Target Program criteria, that the recommendations are prudent, and that the cost estimate are reasonable.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 1 to 15 days.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
To fund the implementation of physical security upgrades at eligible overseas schools. Grant recipient must either be a Department-assisted school, or if not, have USG dependent children enrolled. Funding is limited to the actual line items of work listed in the grant. 100% of grant funding is dedicated to physical security improvements at eligible overseas schools.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. Reimbursements are requested using SF 270. Final reports are submitted using DS 2028. The Regional Security Officer (RSO) oversees the work performed by the school. Upon completion he/she verifies that all work was properly completed and functions as intended. Only then, may requests for reimbursement be processed by the Grant Officer's Representative (GOR) at post.
No audits are required for this program.
Recipients are required to maintain financial records for three years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Normal grant performance period is 12 - 18 months. Extensions can be granted if determined to be necessary by the Program the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Generally, schools front their own funding to implement upgrades. Upon successful completion, as determined by the Regional Security Officer, schools are reimbursed out of grant funding by the applicable post.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
James W. Witt 1701 Ft. Myer Dr.
, Arlington, Virginia 22209 Email: Phone: 7038754929
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
19-0535-0-0-000 - 19___X0535000H.
(Project Grants) FY 10 $6,000,000; FY 11 est $5,000,000; and FY 12 est $5,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $10K - $400K
Avg: $70K.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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