Gardner Announces DOJ Accepting Applications for School Violence Protection Program Funds

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced on Monday that the Department of Justice is accepting applications for grant funding that was authorized by the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018). Senator Gardner was a cosponsor of this legislation, which authorized Department of Justice grants for school security improvements and intervention and prevention programs to help stop school violence.

The recent, horrific school shootings have made clear that the federal government can do more to ensure law enforcement and schools are better coordinating on any risks or threats they may face,” said Gardner. “Our schools need sufficient resources to help stop school violence. I encourage schools across the state to look into this potential funding that could assist them in acquiring new security equipment along with also making available specialized training for school officials in intervention and prevention programs.”

Background on Grant Funding Provided by Department of Justice
Up to $25 million is available through this year’s COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

SVPP funding will provide up to 75% funding for the following school safety measures:

  • Coordination with law enforcement
  • Training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence against others and self
  • Metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures
  • Technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency
  • Any other measure that the COPS Office determines may provide a significant improvement in security

The following school safety measures will be available through the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) section of the STOP School Violence Act of 2018:

  • Development and operation of anonymous reporting systems
    • Hotlines
    • Internet websites
    • Mobile telephone applications
  • Development and operation of a school threat assessment
  • Specialized training for school officials in responding to mental health crises
  • Training for school personnel and students to prevent student violence against others and self
  • Any other measure the BJA determines may provide a significant improvement in security

For more information on how to apply click here


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.