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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Friday, March 20, 2020

U.S. Attorney for Southern Illinois Announces More than $83Million Available to Support School Safety


U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft of the Southern District of Illinois today announced the availability of more than $83 million in Department of Justice grants 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 (OJP). "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