Grants and Funding

Overview provides a source to FIND and APPLY for federal government grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. Register now and receive notifications of new grant openings delivered right to your email inbox. A step-by-step tutorial on how to complete a grant application package is available.

Current Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Fiscal Year 2021 Grant Announcements and Awards

FUNDING Grants – U. S. Department of Education – Application packages are available for grant competitions that are currently open.

Competitive Grants from KDE – ​​​​​​​​​The Kentucky Department of Education offers a variety of competitive grant opportunities each year. Current grants are advertised as Requests for Application (RFAs). Grants provide funding to districts, schools and related entities to enhance public education in Kentucky.

NIJ is Seeking Grant Applicants

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. Current Funding Opportunities – View – NIJ is accepting applications for funding opportunities listed on this page in order of application deadline.​​

Grant Availability

U. S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing program (The COPS Office) distributes funding through a wide range of programs, both as grants and cooperative agreements. “The COPS Office is committed to supporting safe schools where students can learn and teachers can educate by providing a variety of resources, including grant funds …To help our schools continue to be safe so that children can learn and develop, the community policing philosophy engages law enforcement, school administrators, parents, and students in a problem-solving partnership. The central mission of this partnership is student success. When students succeed, the entire community succeeds: students who experience achievement and make positive contributions within their schools become productive citizens in the larger community.” … (U.S. Department of Justice COPS)

Ongoing Grants

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools publishes various active grant alerts several times a week and as a nonpartisan resource center at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services it builds on a 20-year commitment to achieve better health outcomes for children and adolescents through school-connected health programs and services … (The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools)

Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) – U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools – Discretionary/ Competitive Grants – Also Known As: Project SERV – this program funds short-term and long-term education-related services for local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help them recover from a violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted.

Grants Finder Tool Helps members of the K-12 school community more easily find, apply for, and ultimately receive school safety-related Federal funding. (

School Safety Funding

The Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) Board of Directors approved a formula for the distribution of these funds to all KY school districts beginning in FY 2001. Thanks to the General Assembly and Governor Beshear, school safety funding is being restored to the FY08 level by 2016. This will be phased in over the next two years. The Board of Directors has approved a new formula to be used for the calculation of district allocations in FY 2015 and is as follows: $14,500 base for each district with the remaining funds distributed on a “per pupil” basis. For FY 2015, the per pupil amount of $6.28 is based on attendance data collected at the end of the second school month for school year 2014. The total amount of the safe schools allocation available for distribution to Kentucky school districts in FY 2015 is $6,352,800.

To view letter sent to superintendents click here

KCSS does request that districts complete the Safe Schools Allocation Report for FY15 to update district files. This information will continue to enable KCSS staff to accurately describe to various constituency groups the programmatic services offered with safe schools funds. In addition to the completion of this report, districts are required to include a financial summary (final MUNIS report) outlining the use of their safe schools funds in FY 2015. Please submit the completed information to the KCSS office at Eastern Kentucky University by November 7, 2014.

The Safe Schools funding allocations will again be included in the Flexible Focus Fund (FFF) established in 2004 by the KY General Assembly. The FFF was created to permit local school districts additional flexibility in the distribution of program funds while still addressing the statutory requirements to serve specific student populations.

Download the Kentucky Center for School Safety Safe Schools Allocation Report