STOP School Violence
The goal of the STOP School Violence Program is to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence. Objectives for Training: a) To provide training to teachers and education to students with the intent to prevent student violence against others and self and/or b) to provide specialized training for school officials in responding to mental health crises. Objectives for school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams: a) To increase school safety by conducting school threat assessments and b) developing intervention teams designed to identify school violence risks and implement strategies to mitigate those risks. Objective for anonymous reporting: To implement a technology solution such as an anonymous reporting technology that can be implemented as a smartphone APP, a hotline, or a website in the applicant?s geographic area designed to provide a way for students, teachers, faculty, and community members to anonymously identify school violence threats.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2018
In FY18 BJA received 240 applications. Of those, 213 were sent to peer review. BJA granted 183 awards for a total of $46,871,053. The breakdown of awards is as follows: • BJA STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program – 85 awards for $27,786,726 • BJA STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program – 68 awards for $19,085,027.Fiscal Year 2019
It is anticipated that 300 applications will be received in FY19 and that 250 awards will be granted in FY19.
Title V of Division S of Public Law 115-141, Title The STOP School Violence Act of 2018, Public Law 115-141, 34 U.S.C. 10551
Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2019, Public Law 116-6
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 describes those who are eligible to apply are States, local units of government, and Indian tribes.
The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 states that training for teachers and education of students to prevent violence against others and self. This will include specialized training for school officials responding to mental health crisis.
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. See the current fiscal year's solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm and http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PreawardRequirements/index.htm for additional information.
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General (for science offices, would be the Director of the applicable Office), successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs within 45 days of award date. For further information, please see http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PreawardRequirements/chapter2.2a.htm.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Deadlines are included with the application instructions available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm).
There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, please see section 28 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 18.
In some cases, award periods may be extended if specific criteria are met. For details, please review the discussion of no-cost extensions in the Criteria for Award Extension section of the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide available at http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/chapter3.2d.htm
How are proposals selected?
See the current fiscal years' program solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site at http://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm
How may assistance be used?
Under this Act BJA will award grants or cooperative agreements to State, units of local government, or federally recognized Indian tribes for the training of teachers and the education of students with the intent to prevent acts of violence to others or self. This will include the training of school officials responding to a mental health school crisis. In addition, these awards or cooperative agreements can be used for school threat assessments, crisis intervention teams, and anonymous reporting technology like APPS, hotlines, or websites.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit. For additional guidance, please visit http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/chapter3.16a.htm.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is mandatory. 25%. The Act requires a 25% match to any award issued. Federal funds awarded under this solicitation may not cover more than 75 percent of the total costs of the project. An applicant must identify the source of the 25 percent non-federal portion of the total project costs and how it will use match funds. If a successful applicant’s proposed match exceeds the required match amount, and OJP approves the budget, the total match amount incorporated into the approved budget becomes mandatory and subject to audit. (“Match” funds may be used only for purposes that would be allowable for the federal funds.) Recipients may satisfy this match requirement with either cash or in-kind services. See the DOJ Grants Financial Guide at https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/chapter3.3b.htm for examples of “in-kind” services.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Award periods for Office of Justice programs generally range from 12 to 36 months. For specifics pertaining to this program, please see the current fiscal year’s program solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm). For additional information, see the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide section on “Period of Availability of Funds" at http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/chapter3.2a.htm. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: The Department of Justice Financial Guide at https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/index.htm.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 Seventh Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20531 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$47,423,232.00; FY 19 est $75,000,000.00; FY 20 est $100,000,000.00; FY 17$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Award amounts will range from $100,000 up to $500,000. See solicitation for specifics at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See the current fiscal years' program solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm. For additional guidance, please reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/index.htm).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018
One applicant patterned with Sandy Hook Promise over the course of three years to the establishment and training of school threat assessment teams, Safety Assessment and Intervention Workshop Trainings and Technical Assistance will be provided for participating identified school threat assessment teams throughout the state of Ohio. The training will target the effective development and operation of school threat assessment teams and the process for successful implementation. The project will be utilizing Sandy Hook Promise’s evidence-based Safety Assessment & Intervention school threat assessment program. To ensure sustainability, prior to program delivery, each participating school will be required to establish and register a SAVE Promise Club. SAVE Promise Clubs are led by students for students, with the support of an adult champion. Approximately 3,505 K-12 schools need SAI training or re-training. Each training will include 30-40 school-based teams, including three to five team 7 of 10 members per school, for a total of 189 trainings across the state over the course of the three-year grant period. The state will work with Sandy Hook Promise and the schools to determine the appropriate rollout and pacing based on their needs. One applicant will focus on rural schools. Create a “violence prevention toolkit” for local schools that will include information about what to report, how to report, and what to do when you are concerned about someone. Toolkit will include training and informational material for school staff, parents and students. Hold three different kinds of in-person training for teachers and school personnel, held regionally. Sustain capabilities, by creating an online training series based on the in-person training content for all sessions. Provide training for school staff on building positive relationships with students to break the code of silence that is a key barrier for youth reporting signs of violence. Provide training to threat/crisis intervention teams on threat management interventions and provide training to school staff on how to apply behavioral interventions to support threat management strategies that reduce risk of student violence.Fiscal Year 2019
Develop and implement assessment tools, plans and multidisciplinary teams established for the purpose of identifying and providing services to individuals who may pose a threat to school safety or may endanger themselves, teachers, students, administrators, public safety officers, or members of the community. Tools and teams should be developed in accordance with evidence-based practices and should be inter-disciplinary in nature. Critical to these teams are such professionals as researchers, mental health clinicians and practitioners, public safety officials, and violence prevention specialists. Teams should work collaboratively and include partners from local professional organizations, public safety agencies, and health and human services, with the shared goal of reducing school violence in the designated area.Fiscal Year 2020
Creation and delivery of education sessions for students, with the intent to prevent violence against others. Sessions should include best practices for recognizing and responding to potential signs of violence. Creation and delivery of evidence-based, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary training for school personnel enabling them to respond to mental health crises that may precipitate violent attacks on school grounds.