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

School Resource Officer (SRO) Incentive Grant Program


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Funding Source
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Virginia

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/10/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
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” 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 of a law enforcement agency.

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. 


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 March 10, 2023.

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:

Estimated Size of Grant
The total amount requested in an application may not exceed $125,000 per SRO 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 period not to exceed a total of 48 months (45 months for FY23 Round 3 grants) including current and prior years’ funding. After which, continuation applications will be accepted for grantees whose funding ended.

Continuation funding is subject to program performance and the availability of state funding. Continuation grants will be awarded in 12-month cycles, with fiscal year 2024 beginning July 1, 2023, and ending on June 30, 2024. Grants for the first year will be awarded on a competitive basis for one (1) 12-month period beginning July 1, 2023, and ending on June 30, 2024.

Contact Information
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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