Soft Target Program for Overseas Schools

Improve physical security of overseas schools to deter or lessen the impact of terrorism and/or violent crime.

Agency - U.S. Department of State

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To fund the implementation of physical security upgrades at eligible overseas schools.

Grant recipient must either be a Department-assisted school, or if not, have USG dependent children enrolled.

Funding is limited to the actual line items of work listed in the grant.

100% of grant funding is dedicated to physical security improvements at eligible overseas schools.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility



Every request for Soft Target grant funding must be submitted via an official cable from the applicable overseas post under the authority of the Ambassador. Grant funding is provided via a grant issued by one of two grant offices within the State Department. The grant office is determined by whether the school is a Department-assisted school or not. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Regional Security Officers meet with school officials to discuss threats, vulnerabilities, and possible remedial action.
RSO"s prepare and send an official cable outlining recommendations, rationale, budgetary cost estimates, and school specific data.
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security, along with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations jointly review the funding request to verify that it meets Soft Target Program criteria, that the recommendations are prudent, and that the cost estimate are reasonable.


Not Applicable.


Section 29 of the State Department Basic Authorization Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 to 15 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Normal grant performance period is 12 - 18 months. Extensions can be granted if determined to be necessary by the Program the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Generally, schools front their own funding to implement upgrades. Upon successful completion, as determined by the Regional Security Officer, schools are reimbursed out of grant funding by the applicable post.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Reimbursements are requested using SF 270.

Final reports are submitted using DS 2028.

The Regional Security Officer (RSO) oversees the work performed by the school.

Upon completion he/she verifies that all work was properly completed and functions as intended.

Only then, may requests for reimbursement be processed by the Grant Officer"s Representative (GOR) at post.


No audits are required for this program.


Recipients are required to maintain financial records for three years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-0535-0-0-000 - 19___X0535000H.


(Project Grants) FY 10 $6,000,000; FY 11 $5,000,000; FY 12 $5,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $10K - $400K
Avg: $70K.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

James W. Witt 1701 Ft. Myer Dr.
, Arlington, Virginia 22209 Email: Phone: 7038754929

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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