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Eastern District of North Carolina U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. Announces More Than $83 Million Available to Support School Safety

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced today that more than $83 million in Department of Justice grants is available to help communities improve school security and protect students, teachers and faculty from threats of violence.

“School violence is no longer an abstract threat but has become a tragic reality in too many of America’s communities. Moving to meet this challenge is among the Administration’s top domestic priorities,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight to meet this challenge. OJP is making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”

“Preventing violence in our schools is critical to the safety and security of all of our communities,” said Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  “These funds made available by the Department of Justice will be used to better prepare school faculty, students and law enforcement to prevent, detect, and respond to security threats.”

The funding is available through OJP, the federal government’s leading source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance in state, local and tribal jurisdictions. OJP’s programs support a wide array of activities and services, including programs designed to tighten school security and improve the reporting of threats. 

A number of funding opportunities for school safety are currently open, with another opening in the near future: 

Research and Evaluation on School Safety

Total Available $5 million                                    Deadline 4/13/2020

STOP Act School Violence Program (FY20)

Total Available $71.4 million                              Deadline 4/13/2020

Strategies to Support Children Exposed to Violence

Total Available $7 million                                    Deadline 4/27/2020

For more information regarding all OJP funding opportunities, visit


Updated March 20, 2020