FY2024 School Resource Officer/School Security Officer Incentive Grant Program

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is pleased to announce the Fiscal Year 2024 School Resource Officer Incentive Grant Fund’s Funding Opportunities for School Resource Officers (SRO) and School Security Officers (SSO); new and continuing grants. Both funding opportunities are in the DCJS On-line Grants Management System (OGMS). Grant applications must be submitted in OGMS no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2023.

Under this announcement, there are two posted Funding Opportunities based on the type of position in the application. SRO positions should apply under FO #507934 “FY24 SRO- SRO Incentive Grant Program” and SSO positions should apply under FO #507935 “FY24 SSO- SRO Incentive Grant Program”. Applications for new positions must be submitted separately from continuation applications.

The total amount requested in an application may not exceed $125,000 per SRO position or $50,000 for an SSO position, including the state funds requested and the required local cash or in-kind match. The only allowable state funded expenses for these grants are salary and benefits for full-time or part-time SRO or SSO positions to provide coverage during routine school hours.

This funding is available for new SRO positions on a 4-year grant cycle. Continuation applications are also being accepted for grantees whose 4-year grant cycle ended. These applications must be submitted on an annual basis and will be awarded based on the availability of funding, with priority given to new positions. Please read the guidelines and instructions for additional details.

Grant awards are dependent upon the availability of funding within the SRO Fund in the state appropriations act.

All applicants must register in OGMS to view and apply for this funding opportunity. Instructions on how to register are available on our OGMS Training & Resources webpage but we ask that you allow at least 3-5 days for your request to be reviewed. Once approved, you will receive an email with your username and a separate email with your temporary password. Additional OGMS training resources are available on the OGMS Training & Resources webpage as well as the SRO/SSO Incentive Grant Program webpage.

In addition, an OGMS and application information webinar will be available for applicants. The presentation will discuss application requirements and instructions on how to complete the forms in OGMS. When available, the presentation will be placed on the SRO/SSO Incentive Grant Program website and as an attachment on the Funding Opportunities. For technical assistance with OGMS, email ogmssupport@dcjs.virginia.gov and include the grant program in the subject line. This support email should be used for general system questions, but not grant application-specific inquiries.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michelle Miles via email at michelle.miles@dcjs.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-1846.