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School Resource Officer (SRO)/School Security Officer (SSO) Incentive Grant Program (New Positions)

Grants to Virginia Agencies
to Improve School Safety

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)

Deadline Date:

02/28/20 5:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $35,000 and grants of up to $70,000 to Virginia local units of government to increase safety and security in schools. Funding is intended to support security positions in public school campuses throughout the state. Grant funds must be used for salary and benefits for full-time or part-time SRO or SSO positions to provide coverage during routine school hours or after school activities.

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is offering a new cycle of state grants through the School Resource Officer Grants Program and Fund to establish new School Resource Officer (SRO) positions in local law enforcement agencies and School Security Officer (SSO) positions in local school divisions. A primary goal of this grant program is to establish, enhance, and continue the partnerships between local law enforcement agencies and school divisions. 

Priority will be given to localities who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Localities requesting SRO and SSO positions for middle schools and high schools.
  • Localities requesting SRO and SSO positions in a school where no such personnel are currently in place.
  • Localities without existing positions currently funded by this grant program. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 133812

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total amount requested in an application may not exceed $70,000 per SRO position or $35,000 for an SSO position, including the state funds requested and the required local cash or in-kind match.

Term of Contract:

There is up to a 48-month grant period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2024 (providing funding remains available). The award of an SRO/SSO grant does not guarantee funding awards in subsequent years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Units of local government are eligible to apply for and receive these funds. A police department or sheriff’s office may manage an SRO position, while a school division may manage a SSO position; however, the grant application must be submitted by and the funds awarded to a local unit of government.

For Application Requirements, see https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/sites/dcjs.virginia.gov/files/grants/spring-2020-2021-school-resource-officer-school-security-officer-incentive-grant-program-new/spring-2020-2021-srosso-incentive-grant-guidelines-new-positions.pdf#page=6.

For Restrictions, see https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/sites/dcjs.virginia.gov/files/grants/spring-2020-2021-school-resource-officer-school-security-officer-incentive-grant-program-new/spring-2020-2021-srosso-incentive-grant-guidelines-new-positions.pdf#page=5.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be emailed and received by DCJS no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February
28, 2020.

Important Dates:
Fiscal Year: 2020 to 2021
- Date Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
- Application Due Date: 02/28/2020 - 5:00pm
- Archive Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021

A local match is required. See https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/sites/dcjs.virginia.gov/files/grants/spring-2020-2021-school-resource-officer-school-security-officer-incentive-grant-program-new/spring-2020-2021-srosso-incentive-grant-guidelines-new-positions.pdf#page=4 for more information.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email the application to: grantsmgmt@dcjs.virginia.gov

Grant Coordinator(s):
Donna Michaelis
(804) 371-6506

Albert Stokes
(804) 786-4011

Grant Monitor(s):
Patrick Harris
(804) 786-5367

Please contact the following DCJS staff for questions regarding your SRO/SSO grant application:
- Tracy Matthews: email tracy.matthews@dcjs.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 371-0635

For specific questions regarding SRO/SSO training and/or their roles and responsibilities, please contact the following DCJS staff:
- Kim Simon: email kim.simon@dcjs.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 205-3803

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