The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has announced that it is accepting applications for three of its COPS programs. These programs might be of great interest to municipalities and the schools that serve them. The COPS Office still does not appear poised to reinstate the previous, well-known Secure Our Schools (SOS) program, but these three programs support some of the same areas, especially by providing grant funds for school resource officers (SROs).
The situation is a common one: A parks and recreation division wants additional funds for a swimming pool, and it is having trouble finding grants with enough funding to complete the projects. Another city wants to find grants for walking trails but can only find a few, many of which they are not eligible for.
It is certainly no secret that many states across the country are struggling financially. Public pension burdens can be staggering, costs of providing education and Medicaid continue to rise, and legislators are scrapping to find solutions. The state of Illinois, home of TheGrantHelpers.com, is a prime example of this phenomenon. Right now, the Illinois State Legislature is considering two areas that specifically affect municipal revenue: