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Grants to Virginia Local Agencies to Enhance Partnerships
Between Schools and Law Enforcement Agencies

School Resource Officer (SRO) Grant Program and Fund

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Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)

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09/09/22 5:00 PM


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Grants to Virginia local government agencies to enhance partnerships and coordination between public schools and law enforcement agencies. Applicants must complete an online registration process prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for salaries and benefits for full-time or part-time school resource officer positions to provide coverage during routine school hours.

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is offering a new cycle of state grants to continue funding and establish new funding for School Resource Officer (SRO) positions to establish, enhance, and continue the partnerships between local law enforcement agencies and school divisions. 

A "School Resource Officer" is a certified law enforcement officer hired by a local law enforcement agency to provide law enforcement and security services to Virginia public schools. An SRO may be a full-time or part-time employee. 

The only allowable expenses for these grants are salary and benefits for full-time or part-time SRO positions to provide coverage during routine school hours, which does not include school-sponsored activities outside the instructional day. 

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

  • Localities requesting SRO positions for middle schools and high schools.
  • Localities requesting SRO 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 9-month application may not exceed $93,750 per SRO position ($125,000 annually).

Term of Contract:

For new positions, successful applicants will be funded for a period not to exceed a total of 48 months. After this period, funding will be available for continuation on an annual basis, as funding is available, but priority is given to new positions.

For grantees whose funding ended in FY22, continuation is on an annual basis, as funding is available, but priority is given to new positions.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for one (1) 9-month period beginning October 1, 2022, and ending on June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

- Under this funding opportunity, funds may be requested for more than one SRO at a high school but will only be considered if funding is available.
- The state grant funds cannot be used to supplant or replace state or local funds that are allocated by a local unit of government to fund an SRO.
- The state grant funds can only be used for salary and fringe benefits for full- or part-time SROs. Funds must be used to fund the SRO position and cannot be used for employees who are not performing the activities of the project.
- Grant funds cannot be used to pay for general security during school-sponsored events or overtime. Funds also cannot be used for extracurricular and coaching activities where a monetary supplement is paid to the SRO or would be paid to school employees.
- The state grant funds may not be used to purchase equipment, supplies, firearms, vehicles, training, or other non-personnel-related costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted in the DCJS Online Grants Management System (OGMS) no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 9, 2022.

All applicants must register in OGMS to view and apply for this funding opportunity. Instructions on how to register are available on the OGMS Training & Resources webpage but applicants should allow at least 3-5 days for their request to be reviewed. Once approved, you will receive an email with your username and a separate email with your temporary password.

OGMS Training and Resources:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Michelle Miles
(804) 225-1846

For assistance with the OGMS system, email and include the grant program in the subject line. This should be used for general system questions and not grant application-specific inquiries.

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

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