Funding Resources

The North Carolina Center for Safer Schools is not a funding organization.  However, our staff has located several resources you may wish to research in efforts to find funding for school safety projects. There are local, state and federal government grants as well as philanthropic organizations and corporate funding opportunities.  Below is a list of funding resources.

Current Opportunities:

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) — the scientific research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice — is overseeing the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) to build evidence-based knowledge about the causes of school violence and test innovative approaches that will contribute to our understanding of how to keep schools safe.

Grant funding under CSSI is now available to:

  • Develop knowledge about what works to make schools safe.
  • Explore the causes and consequences of school violence.
  • Develop and evaluate a comprehensive school safety framework.

This application period closes July 31, 2015.  Solicitation

Funding Sources:

Grants.gov is your place to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the managing partner for Grants.gov.  

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) commonly has competitive discretionary grant funding available.  Their listing of funding opportunities can be found at http://www.ojjdp.gov/funding/fundinglist.asp.

COPS Grants are the Community Oriented Policing Service of the U.S. Department of Justice.  Commonly, this agency releases funding opportunities for local law enforcement agencies to create new school resource officer (SRO) positions.  To check on current funding availability, please go to http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=46.

North Carolina Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils  (JCPCs) annually identify program areas for funding. Contact your local JCPC to see what program areas they have identified for funding. 

The N.C. Governor's Crime Commission annually has funding available under specified categories and strategies. Its grant application period is open to state and local agencies and nonprofit organizations.  Applications are accepted for competitive review from early December through Jan. 31 each year.  Funding is awarded for a 12-month cycle of July 1 through the following June 30.

Fundsnet Services.com's purpose is to help spread the word about grants programs initiatives, fundraising programs, philanthropy, foundations and 501(c)(3) nonprofits organizations sources by posting related links on this site. For North Carolina sources visit http://www.fundsnetservices.com/searchresult/45/North-Carolina-Grants.html.

The Grantsmanship Center's funding database lists top-giving foundations in North Carolina.  All of the foundations listed have been prescreened to ensure that they have a staff, issue RFPs or otherwise indicate an interest in receiving proposals. More detailed information about these foundations, including their program areas, types of funding, application procedures, and more can be found on GrantDomain, The Grantsmanship Center's exclusive online database of funding information.  Each link will provide you with contact and web information.

The North Carolina Network of Grantmakers is the state's only forum for sharing information and promoting cooperation among North Carolina's grantmakers. They are committed to helping private foundations, corporate giving programs, donor advised fund holders, and community foundations strengthen their impact and effectiveness. They seek to be a primary resource for North Carolina networking, news, and information on philanthropy.  There are many small philanthropic funders in our communities that might be inclined to assist a local project. See this organization's membership page to better understand what they can offer.

North Carolina Center for After School Programs developed an overview of the available afterschool funding streams in the state. Funding streams come from state agencies and private organizations, and are divided into Academics, Juvenile Justice, Health and Wellness, Needs-Based funding, and private funding.  

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