United States Department of Justice and Office of Justice Programs - Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
06/08/20 6:00 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories government agencies to defray the cost of purchasing body armor vests for use by law enforcement officers. All body armor purchased under this program must conform to all current standards. Priority will be given to jurisdictions with fewer than 100,000 residents.
The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program is an initiative designed to provide critical resources to state, local and tribal jurisdictions for the purpose of purchasing body armor for sworn law enforcement officers.
The purpose of the BVP Program is to reimburse states, counties, federally recognized tribes, cities, and local jurisdictions that employ law enforcement officers for up to 50% of the total cost of body armor vests purchased for those officers. Current legislation places the priority on funding jurisdictions with less than 100,000 residents. Remaining funds are distributed on a pro rata basis to jurisdictions with over 100,000 residents.
The phrase “law enforcement officer” means any officer, agent, or employee of a State, unit of local government, or federally recognized tribe authorized by law or by a government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, or investigation of any violation of criminal law, or authorized by law to supervise sentenced criminal offenders. This includes full-time, part-time, and auxiliary personnel, whether paid or volunteer.
In order to be reimbursed under the BVP Program, all purchased body armor must comply with the most current National Institute of Justice (NIJ) ballistic or stab body armor standards. BVP will reimburse for up to 50% of the total cost of eligible purchases. The total cost of each qualifying vest purchase includes items considered integral to or essential for the proper care, use, and wearability of the vest: namely the cost of the vest, vest carrier, attachments, inserts, shipping and handling charges, fitting charges, and applicable taxes.
BVP funds may be used for tactical-level armor, but for only one vest per officer in a replacement cycle. If the agency purchases a tactical level vest for an officer, it must be the officer’s primary vest. The agency cannot then use BVP funds to purchase a regular duty vest for the same officer during the same replacement cycle.
GrantWatch ID#: 155584
BVP funds will be available for drawdown for two years from the time of the award announcement.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Users can register in the BVP system and associate their user ID to an agency online at
U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Joseph Husted, Policy Advisor
BVP Help Desk:
USA: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York City; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, DC; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA) Guam (USA) Puerto Rico (USA) Virgin Islands (USA) Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
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