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U.S. Attorney David J. Freed Announces More Than $83 Million Available To Support School Safety

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG – U.S. Attorney David J. Freed for the Middle District of Pennsylvania today announced 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.

“We know that school districts across the Middle District of Pennsylvania are committed to ensuring the safety of their students,” said U.S. Attorney Freed. “These grants have the potential to allow districts to take their preparations to the next level in guarding against threats both large and small.”

“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.”

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


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Updated March 20, 2020