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 an annual report to be released to students and employees on October 1. Crime statistic reports must cover four types:
- Criminal offenses
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) offenses
- Hate crimes
- Disciplinary action arrests/referrals
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 provides 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.
Proctor and Gamble (P&G) Fund
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:
- Improve curriculum to be at the cutting edge in relevance and effectiveness
- Foster and enable leadership opportunities and learning
- Create a learning environment that encourages and enhances innovation and creativity
- Strengthen diversity in thought, participation and ongoing interaction
While not specifically for crime prevention, there may be a way to incorporate a campus safety educational program in this grant opportunity.
American Psychological Foundation (APF)
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.
Colleges are a much safer place due to the Clery Act, but there is also funding available to make higher education campuses even safer.
The Sparkplug Foundation
The Sparkplug Foundation, while small, will fund projects organized by crime victims.
Union Pacific Community Ties Giving Program
The Union Pacific Community Ties Giving Program supports crime prevention initiatives which identify root causes and addresses those problems.
The Raliance Grant Program
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
Costco Charitable Contributions grants support education, children, health and human services projects.
Office of Violence Against Women
Lastly, the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) offers several grant opportunities:
- Formula grants: STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program, Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program, State and Territorial Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions Program, and Grants to Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Program
- Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies
- Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations
- Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program
- Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program
- Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program
- Engaging Men and Youth Program
- Services to Advocate for and Respond to Youth Grant Program