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

Grants to Virginia Local Agencies to
Improve Safety in Public Schools

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Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)

Deadline Date:

03/19/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $35,000 and grants of up to $70,000 to Virginia local government agencies to increase safety and security in schools throughout the State. Funding is intended to support new security positions on public school campuses. Grant funds must be used for salaries and benefits for full-time or part-time school resource officer and security 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 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.


  • A "School Resource Officer" means 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. 
  • A “School Security Officer” is defined as an individual who is employed by a local school board for the purpose of maintaining order and discipline, preventing crime, investigating violations of school board policies, and detaining students violating the law or school board policies on school property or at school-sponsored events. A SSO may be a full-time or part-time employee.

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:

Successful applicants will be funded for a 48-month period, from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025. However, continuation of funding after the first year is subject to program performance and availability of state funding. Grants for the first year will be awarded on a competitive basis for one (1) 12-month period beginning July 1, 2021 and ending on June 30, 2022.

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, while a school division will manage an SSO position; however, the grant application must be submitted by, and the funds awarded to, a local unit of government.

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For SROs, grant funds cannot be used to pay for general security during school-sponsored events or overtime.

The state grant funds may not be used to purchase equipment, supplies, firearms, vehicles, training or other non-personnel related costs.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted in the DCJS Online Grants Management System (OGMS) no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 19, 2021.

The CJSB will make final grant award decisions at its meeting in May 2021.

Localities may request multiple SRO and SSO positions in one grant application, but should rank them in order of preference to be funded.

Applicants requesting funds for one or more SRO positions must submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pursuant to § 22.1-280.2:3 of the Code of Virginia, between the School Division and the Law Enforcement agency to be reviewed at least once every two years.

A local match is required.

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.

To access the On-line Grants Management System (OGMS):

Please contact the following DCJS staff for questions regarding the SRO/SSO grant application:
Michelle Miles
(804) 225-1846

For specific questions regarding SRO/SSO training, certification, and/or their roles and responsibilities,
please contact the following DCJS staff:
Kim Simon
804) 997-1717

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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