Grant Deadline: Applications are accepted throughout the entire year. Applications are reviewed quarterly by KOHS staff, and with approval of the governor, are awarded based on available funding.
Body Armor, Fire Arms, Ammunition, Electronic-Control Devices/Weapons, Electron-Muscular Disruption Technology
The Law Enforcement Protection Program enables Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) to provide funds for equipment to law-enforcement agencies across Kentucky.
LEPP provides grants to sworn peace officers and service animals. These Kentucky Law Enforcement Grant funds may be used for:
- Body armor
- Duty weapons
- Electronic-control devices
- Electronic-control weapons or electronic-muscular disruption technology
- Body-worn cameras
In awarding these grants, KOHS gives first priority to providing and replacing body armor and second priority to providing firearms and ammunition, with residual funds available for the purchase of electronic-control weapons or electronic-muscular disruption technology. Body armor purchased using LEPP funds shall meet or exceed the standards issued by the National Institute of Justice for body armor.
What this grant does for your agency
Agencies awarded the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Law Enforcement Protection Program receive funds to purchase:
- Body Armor: This program provides $550 for each considered unit of body armor requested and/or awarded. The unit price is determined by the current State Price Contract, which is updated each July 1.
- Firearms and Ammunition: This program considers funding for duty, backup weapons, shotguns, and patrol rifles only. The program will also allow for the purchase of 500 rounds of ammunition for each duty, backup, and patrol rifle weapon awarded (100 shells-duty and 400 shells-practice). Only semi-automatic “patrol rifles” will be authorized—no specialty weapons such as full auto rifles or submachine guns will be considered for funding. The applicant must provide a copy of bids for the weapons and ammunition to determine award amount.
- Electronic Control Weapons: This program considers funding for the purchase of electronic-control weapons. The applicant must provide a copy of bids for the devices to determine the award amount using the State Price Contract, if applicable.
Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.
These funds are available for Kentucky cities, counties, charter counties, unified counties, urban-counties, and consolidated local government police departments, public university safety and security departments, and sheriff’s departments.
About the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS)
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security strives to ensure that the commonwealth’s communities, first responders, and families have the resources they need to be ready and prepared. More
Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications are reviewed quarterly by KOHS staff, and with approval of the governor, are awarded based on available funding.