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BJA STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program

Grants to USA Agencies and Tribes for
Programs to Reduce Violent Crime in Schools

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Deadline Date:

07/23/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA government agencies and Indian tribes to reduce the incidence of violent crime by creating school safety training and mental health programs for students and school personnel. Applicants are advised to verify or create the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date.


Among its provisions, the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018 authorized BJA to manage a grant program that would support efforts by state and local units of government and federally recognized Indian tribes to prevent and reduce school violence. Specifically, the BJA program will address: (1) training school personnel and educating students to prevent student violence; (2) development and operation of anonymous reporting systems concerning threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites; and (3) development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams that may include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel. In addition, the program may fund specialized training for school officials in intervening and responding to individuals with mental health issues who may impact school safety.

This solicitation specifically seeks applications that address training school personnel and educating students to prevent student violence and training school officials in responding to related mental health crises.

A separate BJA solicitation will address school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams and the development of technology for local or regional anonymous reporting systems.

Program-specific Information:

The STOP School Violence Act is designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to quickly recognize and respond to violent attacks, mitigate risk exposure, and prevent acts of violence. It provides funding to state, local, and Indian tribal governments to develop threat assessment and crisis intervention teams and anonymous reporting systems designed to identify threats before they materialize, including those that originate from individuals with mental health issues; and for the training of students, school personnel, and local law enforcement officers so that they can partner in preventing violent events from happening.

This solicitation seeks applications that: (a) address the training of school personnel and the education of students to prevent student violence; and/or (b) fund specialized training for school officials responding to related mental health crises. Applicants may focus on either (a) or (b) separately OR they may incorporate both. Applicants are encouraged to design their applications to meet their localized needs regarding the prevention of school violence and response(s) to related mental health crises. Applicants should develop a strong and compelling proposal that details how they will address improving staff/student violence prevention efforts and their response to related mental health concerns.

No funds awarded under this grant program may be used for the provision of a firearm to any person or training in the use of a firearm.

Using the category classifications that follow, the applicant must, at the top of the narrative
portion of the application, state the following:

-The category for which it is applying.
-Justification for why it is eligible for that category by providing the population of the area for which it is applying.

-Category 1 - A state with a population larger than 5,000,000
-Category 2 - A state with a population of fewer than 5,000,000
-Category 3 – An urban area or large county with a population larger than 500,000
-Category 4 – A suburban area or medium-sized county with a population between 100,000 and 500,000
-Category 5 – A rural area or small county with a population of fewer than 100,000
-Category 6 – A federally recognized Indian tribe

Objectives and Deliverables:

The purpose of this program is to support efforts by states, units of local governments, and federally recognized Indian tribes to prevent school violence, specifically by the training of school personnel and the education of students.

Objectives: to provide training to teachers and education to students with the intent to prevent student violence and/or to provide specialized training for school officials in responding to related mental health crises that may precipitate violent attacks on school grounds.


-Training sessions for teachers and school personnel designed to prevent student violence
-Education sessions for students with the intent to prevent violence
-Training sessions for school officials related to responding to related mental health crises that may precipitate violent attacks on school grounds
-Documentation of all training and education sessions conducted under the award

NOTE: the applicant needs to only address the deliverables of the areas for which it is applying.

Applicants should outline in their proposals a strategic and comprehensive process to achieve the objectives and deliverables described above.

Evidence-based Programs or Practices:

Under the STOP School Violence Act, the term “evidence-based” means a program, practice, technology, or equipment that:

Demonstrates a statistically significant effect on relevant outcomes based on:
-Strong evidence from one well-designed and well-implemented experimental study;
-Moderate evidence from one well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental study; or
-Promising evidence from one well-designed and well-implemented correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias.

Is consistent with best practices for school security, including:
-Applicable standards for school security established by a federal or state government agency;
-Findings and recommendations of public commissions and task forces established to make recommendations or set standards for school security; and is
-Compliant with all applicable codes, including building and life safety codes.

The OJP NIJ's Comprehensive School Safety Initiative and the OJP websites are resources applicants may use to obtain more information about evidence-based programs.

Information Regarding Potential Evaluation of Programs and Activities:

The Department of Justice has prioritized the use of evidence-based programming and deems it critical to continue to build and expand the evidence informing criminal and juvenile justice programs to reach the highest level of rigor possible. Therefore, applicants should note that the OJP may conduct or support an evaluation of the programs and activities funded under this solicitation. Recipients and subrecipients will be expected to cooperate with program-related assessments or evaluation efforts, including through the collection and provision of information or data requested by OJP (or its designee) for the assessment or evaluation of any activities and/or outcomes of those activities funded under this solicitation. The information or data requested may be in addition to any other financial or performance data already required under this program.

Statutory Requirements:

Each application must:

(1) Include a detailed explanation of:
(a) The intended uses of funds provided under the grant; and
(b) How the activities funded under the grant will meet the purpose of this subchapter.

(2) Be accompanied by an assurance that the application was prepared after consultation with individuals not limited to law enforcement officers (such as school violence researchers, licensed mental health professionals, social workers, teachers, principals, and other school personnel) to ensure that the improvements to be funded under the grant are:
(a) Consistent with a comprehensive approach to preventing school violence; and
(b) Individualized to the needs of each school at which those improvements are to be made.

(3) Include an assurance that the applicant will maintain and report such data, records, and information (programmatic and financial) as the BJA Director may reasonably require.

(4) Include a certification, made in a form acceptable to the BJA Director that:
(a) The programs to be funded by the grant meet all the requirements of this part;
(b) All the information contained in the application is correct; and
(c) The applicant will comply with all provisions of this part and all other applicable federal laws.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183878

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

BJA expects to make: 6 awards under Category 1; 8 awards under Category 2; 18 awards under Category 3; 16 awards under Category 4; 16 awards under Category 5; and 6 awards under Category 6.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Category 1: Up to $1,000,000
-Category 2: Up to $500,000
-Category 3: Up to $500,000
-Category 4: Up to $250,000
-Category 5: Up to $150,000
-Category 6: Up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

BJA expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

BJA may, in certain cases, provide additional funding in future years to awards made under this solicitation, through continuation awards. In making decisions regarding continuation awards, OJP will consider, among other factors, the availability of appropriations, when the program or project was last competed, OJP’s strategic priorities, and OJP’s assessment of both the management of the award (for example, timeliness and quality of progress reports), and the progress of the work funded under the award.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for this solicitation are limited to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes. (For the purposes of this solicitation, a “federally recognized Indian tribe” means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.) The STOP School Violence Act requires the BJA Director to ensure, to the extent practicable, an equitable geographic distribution among regions of the United States and among urban, suburban, and rural areas. To fulfill this requirement, the following categories have been established for applicants applying for this training program:

-Category 1 - A state with a population greater than 5,000,000
-Category 2 - A state with a population of less than 5,000,000
-Category 3 - An urban area or large county defined as having a population greater than 500,000
-Category 4 - A suburban area or medium-sized county defined as having a population between 100,000 and 500,000
-Category 5 - A rural area or small county defined as having a population of less than 100,000
-Category 6 - A federally recognized Indian tribe

Applicants may use the grant to contract with or make one or more subawards to one or more:
-Local educational agencies
-Nonprofit organizations, excluding schools
-Units of local government or tribal organizations (“tribal organizations” has the same meaning given the term in section 4(l) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304(l))

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire program. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

BJA may elect to fund applications submitted under this fiscal year (FY) 2018 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must have a current DUNS number. Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, one-time activity. A DUNS number is usually received within 2 business days.

All applicants for OJP awards (other than individuals) must maintain current registrations in the SAM database. Each applicant must update or renew its SAM registration at least annually to maintain an active status. SAM registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete (2 more weeks to acquire an EIN).

An application cannot be successfully submitted in until receives the SAM registration information. Once the SAM registration/renewal is complete, the information transfer from SAM to can take as long as 48 hours. OJP recommends that the applicant register or renew registration with SAM as early as possible.

Applicants must register with at prior to submitting an application.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 23, 2018.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission.

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

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

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at:

Phone: 800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035

For any other requirement of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:

Toll-free: 800-851-3420
TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only)
Fax: 301-240-5830
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