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
Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - 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 an Overseas Schools Security Grant Program grant 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?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
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
Award Procedure
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 the program criteria, that the recommendations are prudent, and that the cost estimates are reasonable.
October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022 Requests for Overseas Schools Security Grant Program funding are accepted on a continual basis throughout the year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: 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 at post.
Not applicable.
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 by the applicable post.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Michelle R. Adams
1701 Ft. Myer Dr.

Arlington, VA 22209 US
Phone: 7035161615
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 20$6,196,220.00; FY 21 est $7,810,000.00; FY 22 Estimate Not Available FY 18$3,424,500.00; FY 19 est $2,676,200.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $1K - $2.4M Avg: $800K
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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