DOJ Preventing School Violence: BJA’s STOP School Violence Program

Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO). Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity.

Program Summary

The Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks applications for funding to prevent violence in a K–12 school setting. This program furthers the DOJ’s mission by supporting and assisting county, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions in improving efforts to reduce violent crime in and around schools.

With this solicitation, BJA seeks to increase school safety by implementing training that will improve school climate using school-based behavioral threat assessments and/or intervention teams to identify school violence risks among students, technological solutions shown to increase school safety such as anonymous reporting technology, and other school safety strategies that assist in preventing violence.

STOP funds may not be used to address violence on the campus of an institution of higher education.

Proposals may include one or more of the following areas:

  1. Develop and operate technology solutions such as anonymous reporting systems (ARS) for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, websites, or other school safety technology solutions, for accurate identification of danger (without resorting to discriminatory stereotypes or violating privacy) or other technology solutions shown to improve school safety.
  2. Develop and implement multidisciplinary behavioral threat assessment (BTA) and/or intervention teams.
  3. Train school personnel and educate students on preventing school violence, including strategies to improve a school climate.
  4. Provide specialized training or create specialized nontraining policies for law enforcement who work in schools and/or with school-age populations such as school resource officers (SROs) and probation officers.
  5. Hiring school support personnel such as climate specialists, school psychologists, school social workers, school-based violence interrupters, and others directly supporting the prevention of school violence.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST April 10, 2023

Sponsor Application Deadline: 6:59pm MST May 8, 2023

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (3 pages maximum): Please describe: 1) why the project activities are necessary and of significance; 2) the method(s) to be used to carry out each activity, the individuals/groups involved and outline the different school(s)/school district(s) where the project will be implemented; and 3) the capabilities and competencies of the individuals to accomplish the project goals and objectives.
  • PI Curriculum Vitae
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit:


Category 1:

  • State governments
  • Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education

Category 2:

  • City or township governments County governments
  • Units of local governments
  • Native American tribal governments (federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education Independent school districts
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Limited Submission Guidelines

Eligible applicants for Categories 1 or 2 may submit only one application.

Award Information

Category 1: 10 awards at $2M each

Category 2: 75 awards at $1M each

Period of Performance: 36 months