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
Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2018
Since 2003, the Soft Target Program has provided over $133 million in grants to over 500 schools, worldwide.
Section 29 of the State Department Basic Authorization Act
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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. 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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program
Regional Security Officers meet with school officials to discuss threats, vulnerabilities, and possible remedial action. RSOs 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 estimates are reasonable.
October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 Requests for Soft Target funding are accepted on a continual basis throughout the year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
To fund the implementation of physical security upgrades at eligible overseas schools.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
Recipients are required to maintain financial records for three years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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 Office.in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. 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
Michelle R. Adams
1701 Ft. Myer Dr.
Arlington, VA 22209 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$3,424,500.00; FY 19 est $2,676,200.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $1K - $1.5M Avg: $800K
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects