A number of resources and grant opportunities exist to enhance campus safety and crime prevention.
Passed in 1990, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) mandates institutions of higher education to report crimes on or around their campuses and make their student safety policies transparent.
The Act requires daily posted crime logs and that an annual report be released to students and employees on October 1. Crime statistic reports must cover four types:
Other requirements are timely warnings, emergency notifications, crime prevention education, written explanation of student/employee victim rights and disciplinary proceedings from trained facilitators following procedural rights.
Jeanne Clery was only 19 when she was raped and murdered in 1986 in her dorm room. Her parents had no access to campus crime statistics at that time, and they lobbied for legislative action to protect other students from enduring what Jeanne did.
Colleges are a much safer place due to the Clery Act, but there is also funding available to make higher education campuses even safer. What follows are some grant opportunities and other useful resources for improving college campus safety.
The Kristin Mitchell Foundation dissolved in 2018 but has joined forces with the Clery Center to form Kristin’s Crusade, focused on prevention of dating violence, stalking and domestic violence. This initiative will provide a fellowship for a student or professional to learn more through the Clery Center. They also provide a free dating violence prevention film, Then Everything Changed.
The Proctor and Gamble (P&G) Fund offers higher education grants between July 1 and September 30 each year. Regionally accredited two- to four-year institutions are eligible to apply for annual awards of $5,000 to $10,000; an institution may apply for multiple grants in one year up to $50,000. Funding criteria includes:
While not specifically for crime prevention, there may be a way to incorporate a campus safety educational program in this grant opportunity.
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) offers scholarships, fellowships and grant funding for areas such as violence prevention, treating serious mental illness, and understanding links between behavior and health.
The Sparkplug Foundation, while small, will fund projects organized by crime victims.
The Union Pacific Community Ties Giving Program supports crime prevention initiatives which identify root causes and address those problems.
Funded with seed money through the NFL, the Raliance grant program strives to find sexual assault prevention solutions through three areas: support survivors, prevent perpetration and change culture.
Costco Charitable Contributions grants support education, children, health and human services projects.
Lastly, the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) offers several grant opportunities:
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