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

Grants to Virginia Local Government Agencies
for Security Officers on School Campuses

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Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)

Deadline Date:

08/24/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Virginia local government agencies to support security positions in elementary, secondary, and middle 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. This grant program is focused on funding new SRO/SSO positions in schools where none currently exist and to continue successful new programs funded in 2016-2017.

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 suitable. "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, and who is responsible for ensuring the safety, security, and welfare of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors in the assigned school.

Grant funds are to be used to pay only salary and benefits for SRO/SSO positions. Localities may apply for both SRO and SSO positions in the same application. However, the needs assessment portion of the application must address how each SRO/SSO position will help meet the localities’ overall goal of improving school safety. The only allowable expenses for this grant are salary and benefits for a full-time SRO or SSO position in an elementary, middle, or high school.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 133812

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for one (1) twelve-month period beginning July 1, 2018 and ending September 30, 2019.

Approval of one 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, 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.

This is a one-time, twelve-month grant. Grant continuations may be considered as state funds are available.


-Grant funds cannot be used to supplant state or local funds that would otherwise be available for the same purposes.
-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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by DCJS no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018. Applications received after the deadline 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.

Grant recipients must provide the local matching cash funds from non-federal sources. In-kind contributions may not be used to meet the required local cash match.

Contact Information:

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:

Patrick Harris

James Christian

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia