Free Body Armor for Law Enforcement Officers

Thousands of law enforcement professionals in the United States and around the world are working in dangerous environments and they do not have a ballistic vest to protect them. In addition, thousands of officers are graciously provided new ballistic vests every 5 years. While the manufacturer warranty may be expired, often the vest will still effectively protect those that do not have one.

The Armor of God Project began in 2009 and in 2018 transitioned into Vest For Life. The program is now headquartered in Knoxville, TN, but their mission remains the same: Protect those who protect us by providing donated ballistic vests to officers who need them.

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GRANT ALERT! Up to $5K from Walmart grants

Apply for Walmart Community Grants by Dec. 31, 2020

Looking for a way to fund projects?

The Walmart Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $5,000.

Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

Organizations may only submit a total number of 25 applications and/or receive up to 25 grants within the 2020 grant cycle.

Grant applications are due no later than Dec. 31, 2020.

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Walmart Community Grants

$250 to $5,000 grants

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.
Grant Deadline: Dec. 31, 2020

Grants from Walmart and Sam’s Clubs benefit your local area

The Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 through each of our facilities (Walmart Stores, Sam’s Clubs, and Logistics Facilities). Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

What this grant does for your agency

Organizations may only submit a total number of 25 applications and/or receive up to 25 grants within the 2020 grant cycle.

Agencies awarded the Walmart Community Grants receive grants of $250 to $5,000.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Organizations applying must meet one of following criteria:

  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File and conducting activities within the United States (excluding nationally sponsored organizations, such as American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network and United Way)
  • A recognized government entity: state, county or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes
  • A K-12 public or nonprofit private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and clothing closets.

About the Walmart Foundation

In 1962, Sam Walton opened the doors of the first Walmart. He recognized the value of bringing affordable products to people in small towns. Walmart has been helping people save money – and live better – ever since. In 1982, the Walmart Foundation was created to help support the communities Walmart serves. Together, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation generally provide more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind annual giving. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than Dec. 31, 2020.

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Department of Justice Awards Nearly $400 Million for Law Enforcement Hiring to Advance Community Policing

The Department of Justice today announced nearly $400 million in grant funding through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP).  The Attorney General announced funding awards to 596 law enforcement agencies across the nation, which allows those agencies to hire 2,732 additional full-time law enforcement professionals.  The awards announced today are inclusive of the $51 million announced in May as part of Operation Relentless Pursuit.  

“The Department of Justice is committed to providing the police chiefs and sheriffs of our great nation with needed resources, tools, and support.  The funding announced today will bolster their ranks and contribute to expanding community policing efforts nationwide,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.  “A law enforcement agency’s most valuable assets are the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in the name of protecting and serving their communities.”

The COPS Hiring Program is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers.  In addition to providing financial support for hiring, CHP provides funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement to enhance local community policing strategies and tactics.  In a changing economic climate, CHP funding helps law enforcement agencies maintain sufficient sworn personnel levels to promote safe communities.  Funding through this program had been on hold since the spring of 2018 due to a nationwide injunction that was lifted earlier this year.

CHP applicants were required to identify a specific crime and disorder problem focus area and explain how the funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to that problem focus area.  Forty-three percent of the awards announced today will focus on violent crime, while the remainder of the awards will focus on a variety of issues including school-based policing to fund school resource officer positions, building trust and respect, and opioid education, prevention, and intervention.  The COPS Office received nearly 1,100 applications requesting more than 4,000 law enforcement positions. 

The complete list of awards can be found here.  To learn more about CHP, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/chp.  For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice.  Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

LEAs GRANT ALERT! Last chance for coronavirus grant

BJA Coronavirus Emergency Grant closes May 29

For Law Enforcement Agencies seeking additional funding to aid with coronavirus response, May 29 is the LAST DAY to apply for the BJA’s FY 2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program.

May 27 is new FY2019 NEW SAFER Application Period Deadline

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

In recognition of the economic hardships facing local jurisdictions and fire departments across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf has waived the cost share, position cost limit, supplanting, and minimum budget requirements for FY19 SAFER grant applicants. For more information, see Information Bulletin 450 which can be found here.  In addition, the application period is being extended to May 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET. 

Please note: Funds under the FY 2019 SAFER Hiring of Firefighters Activity must be used to hire new, additional firefighters, and the costs to hire those firefighters must be at the usual annual costs of a first-year (i.e., entry-level) firefighter. This requirement has not been waived.

Additionally, the waiver of the requirements identified above does not apply to the FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) or to the FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant – COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S).

In consideration of the economic impact of the pandemic, Acting Secretary Wolf has also authorized waivers for certain provisions of the FY 2020 SAFER Grant Program. DHS/FEMA will provide more details on the FY 2020 changes soon.

Applicants no longer need to request an economic hardship waiver within the FY 2019 online application. If you have already submitted your FY 2019 application, no further action is needed at this time. The waiver of these provisions and the adjustments to the requested amount will be handled by the SAFER Program Office during their technical review of applications.

If you have not yet submitted your application, please note that the applications will continue to show the cost share/position cost limit. However, as stated above, there is nothing additional that applicants need to do regarding these provisions. The adjustment will be made by the SAFER Program Office.

The FEMA Grant Outcomes (GO) system automatically records proof of timely submission and the system generates an electronic date/time stamp when FEMA GO successfully receives the application. The individual with the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) role that submitted the application will also receive the official date/time stamp and a FEMA GO tracking number in an email serving as proof of their timely submission. Applications received by FEMA GO after the extended application submission deadline will be deemed as late and typically will not be considered for funding.


DHS/FEMA will not review applications that are received after the extended deadline or consider them for funding except in cases where a technical problem outside of the applicant’s control prevented submission of the application by the deadline.

Need help with DoJ grants?

Review the FY 2020 DoJ Program Plan, then contact us for help with your grant

Odds are your department is feeling the increasing pressure of a financial crunch.

Now’s the time to review grant programs that may be able to help your agency, such as the FY 2020 Department of Justice Program Plan.

Hundreds of programs are available than may be able to help your agency.

Trying to figure how to pursue a grant? Contact us for help with these and other grant programs:

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Firefighters

FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grants open this summer

Complicated fire grants such as regional projects take extra time to prepare—and AFG is just around the corner.

While we wait for FEMA to release application period details, now is the time to start discussing and working on your regional grant with us. Regional grants are complicated and take considerably more time to bring together successfully.

Don’t delay, get your project on the books with us today! It will give you a head start on everyone for 2020 AFG.

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FY 2020 BJA Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program

BJA

Funding to help LEAs prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2020-18553

CFDA #16.034

Grant Deadline: May 29, 2020

$850 million for equipment, PPE, hiring, and more

The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.

What this grant does for your agency

Funds awarded under the CESF Program must be utilized to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to:

  • Overtime
  • Equipment
  • Law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Hiring
  • Supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer)
  • Training
  • Travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas)
  • Addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers

Approximate Total Funding: $850 million. See State and Local Allocations for CESF funds

Expected Maximum Number of Awards: 1,873

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

States, U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments that were identified as eligible for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program are eligible to apply under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program solicitation. NOTE: Only the State Administering Agency that applied for FY 2019 JAG funding for a state/territory may apply for the state allocation of CESF funding.

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation’s criminal justice system: Its grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting edge tools and best practices they need to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, and combat victimization. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, May 29, 2020.

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Coronavirus and Law Enforcement: COPS Office CRI-TAC COVID-19 Resources

Announcement from DoJ COPS Office:

The COPS Office recognizes the challenges law enforcement agencies are facing as they respond to COVID-19 and we continue to fully support your efforts. We know that as first responders, you need rapid assistance and resources as you respond to COVID-19. Through the COPS Office’s premier technical assistance center, the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC), we are mobilizing to meet your needs.

CRI-TAC, led by the IACP and nine leading law enforcement stakeholder associations (FOP, FBINAA, IACLEA, IADLEST, MCCA, NOBLE, NAWLEE, NSA, and NTOA), recently launched the COVID-19 Library of Resources. This directory is a searchable library of agency policies, standard operating procedures, fact sheets, press releases, special orders, training documents, and other COVID-19–related materials. This tool will allow law enforcement to share important guidance with one another on issues such as risk mitigation, communication, and officer safety. Please visit the COVID-19 Library of Resources to learn more or find out how you can submit a resource to share.

Additionally, CRI-TAC partners are actively working with the CDC on guidance and information, especially regarding jails. To review the current CDC guidelines on what law enforcement personnel need to know about COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/guidance-law-enforcement.pdf, and to review interim guidelines for correctional and detention facilities, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/correction-detention/guidance-correctional-detention.html.

As resources are developed, they will be added to the COVID-19 Library of Resources. In the meantime, if you have a direct technical assistance need as a result of COVID-19, please reach out to CRI-TAC via https://cops.usdoj.gov/collaborativereform.

CRI-TAC can offer short-term, remote technical assistance for agencies that need expert assistance from others in the field. To learn more about CRI-TAC view our video today: https://cops.usdoj.gov/collaborativereform.