The SVPP Grant from the COPS Office provides funding for schools and districts to improve their security
Raising funds for school safety improvements can be difficult. Fortunately, there are grants available to assist with these costs. The School Violence Prevention Program Grant is one of them! There is a lot of information about this grant, but we wanted to highlight some of the key points that we think you should know and how this grant could help you upgrade your visitor management.
For complete information and to start your application today, visit the SVPP page.
What is The SVPP Grant?
The COPS office is able to award states and local governments directly to help them improve their security. An estimated $50 million will be awarded through this program, with a cap of $500,000 per award. The SVPP award funding will help provide up to 75%, with a minimum 25% local cash match towards the total cost, for the following safety measures:
- Coordination with law enforcement
- Training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence against others and self
- Metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures
- Technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency
- Any other measure that the COPS Office determines may provide a significant improvement in security
Who Can Apply For This Grant?
The SVPP Grant is open to states, units of local government, Indian tribes and public agencies. The award recipient can contract or make subawards to local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations and units of local governments or tribal organizations.
What Can This Grant Be Used For?
If awarded, the SVPP Grant can be used for equipment and technology items that are directly shown to the enhancement or implementation of SVPP project. Examples include:
- Entry Control Equipment
- Door locking mechanisms/access control doors
- School site alarm and protection systems—Motion detectors
- Entry Control Equipment
- Emergency alerts—Automated text messages or email
- Identification technology—ID scanning devices (and accompanying equipment)
- Printers (directly related to SVPP)
Ways Ident-A-Kid Visitor Management is Effective In School Safety Programs for SVPP
When a visitor signs into a school, our system scans the back of their driver’s license to capture accurate information. We capture their full name, date of birth and state of residence. This information is also used to perform automatic sexual offender checks.The visitor’s full name is kept in your school’s reports along with the time, date and any additional information captured.
You can add multiple users to your school or district’s web manager. These users can be assigned permissions to receive emergency alert notifications through email and/or text for sexual offender, parent-custody and banned individual background checks. These users can then review the alert and approve or deny the sign-in or sign-out.
Once a visitor completes their sign-in, our label printers will print a visitor badge that includes the visitor’s full name, date and time of sign-in, photo (if required), where the visitor will be on campus and why they are visiting.