Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
04/26/19 5:00 PM Receipt
Grants to Virginia local government agencies to support security positions in public school campuses throughout the state. Funding may be requested to support an existing position, or establish a new position. The grant funds will be used to promote school safety and security by supporting School Resource Officer (SRO) and School Security Officer (SSO) positions assigned to schools.
A primary goal of this grant program is to establish, enhance, and continue the partnerships between local law enforcement agencies and local school divisions.
Localities are encouraged to consider School Security Officer positions when additional security presence is merited yet the full functions of a School Resource Officer may not be necessary. "School resource officer" means a certified law-enforcement officer hired by the local law-enforcement agency to provide law-enforcement and security services to Virginia public elementary and secondary schools.
A School Security Officer is defined as an individual who is employed by the 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.
The only allowable expenses for these grants are salary and benefits for full-time or part-time SRO or SSO positions to provide coverage during routine school hours or after school activities. Localities may apply for both SRO and SSO positions in the same application but should rank them in order of preference to be funded.
GrantWatch ID#: 133812
The total amount requested in an application for a new or continuation SRO program may not exceed $70,000 per SRO position, including the required local cash matching funds.
The total amount requested in an application for a new SSO program may not exceed $35,000 per SSO position, including the required local cash matching funds.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for one (1) twelve-month period from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
Approval of one grant does not guarantee funding awards in subsequent years.
Units of local government are eligible to apply for and receive these funds. A police department, Sheriff’s office or school division may manage the SRO/SSO program but the grant application must be submitted by and the funds awarded to a unit of local government.
Priority will be given to localities requesting SRO/SSO positions in schools where no such personnel are currently in place.
Localities with an SRO position are eligible to apply for an SSO position if the need is sufficiently documented and funding is available.
Level annual funding of up to four years (provided funds are available) is the maximum length of time that grant funds may be awarded to support an SRO or SSO position in any school.
For additional requirements:
-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 or SSO position.
-Grant funds may be used only for salary and fringe benefits for a full-time SRO or SSO. No equipment, supplies, firearms, vehicles, training, etc. will be funded by this grant.
Applications received later than 5:00 p.m. on April 26, 2019 will not be considered.
Applicants should consult the Virginia Department of Education’s “2018-2020 Composite Index of Local Ability-to-Pay” to identify their grant match requirement, which is equal to the locality’s 2018-2020 Composite Index (attached below).
Use your locality’s 2018-2020 Composite Index to calculate your required local matching cash funds for this year’s SRO/SSO Incentive Grants Fund application.
A local match is required. Localities may use In-kind contributions to meet the requirement. Grant applicants must provide the local cash match or in kind match from non-federal sources. The in-kind match can be based on existing local costs for personnel, equipment, training or other local costs intended to support an SRO or SSO position.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
E-mail application packets to:
Please contact one of the following DCJS staff for questions regarding your SRO grant application:
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219