STOP School Violence Act creates opportunity for schools to get grants and prevent gun violence

We're so heartened that the "Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act," or "STOP School Violence Act" has now officially been signed into law. This new law provides a real, actionable opportunity for more schools and districts to prevent tragedy before lives are lost.

Four out of five school shooters tell someone about their plans ahead of time – and 69% tell more than one person. When our students and educators are trained in how to identify signs of gun violence and to intervene, such as through Sandy Hook Promise's Know the Signs programs, they can prevent tragedies in their communities and save lives. Our proven programs have already helped avert multiple school shootings.

Please encourage your superintendent and governor to apply for STOP School Violence Act funding by the June 23, 2018 deadline to bring our lifesaving Know the Signs programs to your school district. 

About the STOP School Violence Act Act 

The STOP School Violence Act provides $50 million in annual grants to state and local education agencies through the Bureau of Justice Assistance to bring evidence-based programs and strategies, learned since Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, to schools. This will help train millions more students to prevent school violence BEFORE a weapon ever enters a school campus.

These grants can be used to help schools take four specific actions, which you can learn more about here. Grants last for a 36-month performance period, beginning when grants are funded on Sept. 30, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements 

States, cities, counties, school districts and federally recognized Native American tribes are all eligible to apply. There is also a 25% matching requirement, including in-kind matches. 

Application Deadline 

Grant applications are now open and need to be completed by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 23. We strongly encourage you to submit your application by July 20 to avoid computer glitches.

How to Apply for a Grant 

You can apply now through 11:59 p.m. ET on July 23, 2018 through Grants.gov. Click here to apply now.