Seeking funding opportunities to prevent and plan for mass shootings remains a top priority for public safety agencies
By PoliceGrantsHelp Team
While the ongoing public health crisis and police reform efforts are top-of-mind for local government officials, seeking funding opportunities to prevent and plan for mass shootings and other acts of mass violence remains a top priority for public safety agencies.
Fiscal Year 2020 grant awards for programs such as the COPS School Violence Prevention Program were recently announced. Questions come to mind like:
Even with these unknowns, it is important to begin planning for funding now.
As we anticipate the Department of Justice’s FY21 program plan, which is essentially a list of the upcoming fiscal year’s grant cycles for every DOJ agency, the proposed federal funding landscape can be studied through proposed areas of investment. For instance, +$638.8 million to support state and local agencies has been proposed to respond to mass violence incidents and the prevention of violent crime. Additionally, +$4.3 billion is proposed for discretionary and mandatory funding for federal grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement to support victims of crime, and the safety of personnel and communities.
Below are federally funded programs to anticipate in FY21 that address preventing and preparing for mass shootings and violent crime.
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office implemented the School Violence Prevention Program. This competitive award program provides “funding to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the grantees’ jurisdictions through evidence-based school safety programs.” Projects can include:
BJA STOP School Violence
The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program focuses on projects that:
OJJDP Comprehensive School-based Approach to Youth Violence and Victimization
Specifically targeting youth violence and victimization, this program supports these efforts through implementing prevention, intervention and accountability efforts in a school-based setting. Funded projects include addressing the full spectrum of violence on children, such as bullying, physical or sexual assault, family violence, gang activity and violence, and gun violence.
Additionally, states continue to release grant cycles, and more are anticipated this fall. Below are examples from states that have recently released open grant cycles:
Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Grant Program (Pennsylvania)
This grant program focuses on efforts that reduce or prevent violence throughout communities. The program can include:
Safe Schools Fund Grants Program (Maryland)
This competitive grant program directly focuses on school-safety related projects involving training, conducting school safety assessments, drafting emergency operations plans, establishing anonymous systems for reporting safety concerns, using technology and apps and other software to assist in outreach and other services, delivering behavioral health and wraparound services, and equipping schools with security cameras, emergency communication devices and other security equipment.
Even though the funding landscape could change in FY21, preparing for funding is the first step. Once a grant program is anticipated and selected, it is essential to consider the following action items to complete a successful grant application:
The team at PoliceGrantsHelp is always ready to help. Our grant assistance program includes a number of options including grant research, grant writing and grant application review. Best of luck!
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