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U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph Announces More Than $83 Million Available to Support School Safety

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

SHREVEPORT/LAFAYETTE/ALEXANDRIA/LAKE CHARLES/MONROE, La. – U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph of the Western District of Louisiana 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.

“There is no more important cause than protecting our children from harm,” said U.S. Attorney Joseph. “These federal resources will give faculty, students, first responders and parents the tools to develop better safety measures and make Louisiana schools safer places for children to learn.”

“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 27, 2020

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