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Press Release

U.S. Attorney announces $83 million to support school safety

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Deadline for applications fast approaching -- April 2020

Seattle – U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran of the Western District of Washington 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.

“At a time when we are appropriately focused on a health crisis, we still must look ahead to the difficult problems facing our community and especially our children,” said U.S. Attorney Moran.  “I urge school administrators, teachers and district leaders to review these grant offerings and take time now to apply for these important federal resources.”

“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


Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or

Updated March 24, 2020