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Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, School Districts, Tribes, and Nonprofits to Improve School Safety

Preventing School Violence: BJA’s STOP School Violence Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
CFDA Number: 16.839
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJA-2023-171666
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/08/23 8:59 PM ET - deadline; 05/15/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories states, local governments, IHEs, school districts, Tribes, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations to improve school safety. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. This program furthers the Department of Justice’s mission by supporting and assisting county, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions in improving efforts to reduce violent crime in and around schools.

BJA’s STOP School Violence Grant Program is designed to improve K-12 school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence and ensure a positive school climate.

Eligible applicants for Categories 1 or 2 may submit one application that includes proposals for one or more of the following areas:

  1. Develop and operate technology solutions
  2. Develop and implement multidisciplinary behavioral threat assessment (BTA) and/or intervention teams
  3. Train school personnel and educate students on preventing school violence, including strategies to improve a school climate.
  4. Provide specialized training or create specialized nontraining policies for law enforcement who work in schools and/or with school-age populations such as school resource officers (SROs) and probation officers.
  5. Hiring of school support personnel such as climate specialists, school psychologists, school social workers, school-based violence interrupters, and others directly supporting the prevention of school violence.

For additional information regarding these focus areas, see: 

For information regarding Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables, see:


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Category 1:
- State governments
- Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education

Category 2:
- City or township governments
- County governments
- Units of local governments
- Native American tribal governments (federally recognized)
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Private institutions of higher education
- Independent school districts
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Private K-12 schools, including private charter schools, should apply as “nonprofits.” Public charter schools should apply as “independent school districts.”

Applicants may propose to use the grant to contract with, or make one or more subawards to:
- Local educational agencies
- Nonprofit organizations
- Units of local government or tribal organizations (as defined in section 4(l) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304(l))

State, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be eligible for FY 2023 DOJ discretionary grant funding. To become certified, the law enforcement agency must meet two mandatory conditions: (1) the agency’s use-of-force policies adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, and (2) the agency’s use-of-force policies prohibit chokeholds except in situations where use of deadly force is allowed by law. The certification requirement also applies to law enforcement agencies receiving DOJ discretionary grant funding through a subaward. For detailed information on this certification requirement, please visit to access the Standards for Certification on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, the Implementation Fact Sheet, and the List of Designated Independent Credentialing Bodies.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Pre-Proposal Conference
On April 6, 2023, at 1 p.m. ET, BJA, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services will host a webinar to provide details about the FY 2023 STOP School Violence Program opportunities.

Register to participate:

Pre-Application Information
- Deadline: May 08, 2023 8:59 PM ET
- Application JustGrants Deadline: May 15, 2023 8:59 PM ET

This solicitation does not require a match.

The solicitation incorporates the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide by reference.

Applications will be submitted to DOJ in two steps:
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF)-424 and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in at

- Step 2: The applicant must then submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline. OJP encourages applicants to review the “How to Apply” section in the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide and the JustGrants website for more information, resources, and training.

Prior to Registering in
Acquire or renew your Entity’s System Award Management (SAM) Registration Information (see OJP Grant Application Resource Guide)

To Register with
- Acquire an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) and username/password (see OJP Grant Application Resource Guide)
- Acquire AOR confirmation from the E-Business Point of Contact (E-Biz POC) (see OJP Grant Application Resource Guide)

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide:

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For a list of application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Category 1: estimated 10 awards; Category 2: estimated 75 awards

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum dollar amount for each award:
- Category 1: Up to $2,000,000 each
- Category 2: Up to $1,000,000 each

Term of Contract
- Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23 12:00 AM
- Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Contact Information
For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at customer support webpage, or email at The Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

- - contact the SAM Help Desk (Federal Service Desk), Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET at 866-606-8220.
- - contact the Customer Support Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays, at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, or
- JustGrants - contact the JustGrants Service Desk at or 833-872-5175, Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET and Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at Response Center hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

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