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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Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)

BVP body armor grant - Bulletproof Vest PartnershipBody armor for state and local law enforcement

Grant Website and Guidelines

Grant Deadline: All applications must be submitted online by 6:00 pm ET, May 29, 2018

Over 1 million body armor vests awarded since 1999

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement. Since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions, a total of $430 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests (1,294,837) as of July, 2017).

What this grant does for your agency

Agencies awarded the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) receive funds for state and local law enforcement officers to procure body armor.

Documentation Requirement: Grantees are required to keep documentation to support the BVP vest application and payment requests for at least a three year period.

Other Federal Funds: Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds or other federal funding sources may not be used to pay for that portion of the bullet proof vest (50%) that is not covered by BVP funds. JAG or other federal funds may be used to purchase vests for an agency, but they may not be used as the 50% match for BVP purposes.

NEW: Uniquely Fitted Armor Vest Requirement The BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 included a provision that states that BJA may give preferential consideration to BVP recipients that provide armor vests to law enforcement officers that are uniquely fitted for such officers, including vests uniquely fitted to individual female law enforcement officers. This provision is applicable to FY 17 BVP awards moving forward. Please see the BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 amendment for reference: https://www.congress.gov/114/plaws/publ155/PLAW-114publ155.pdf.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines

About the OJP

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 6:00 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018.

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North Carolina League of Municipalities Body Armor Grants

North Carolina League of MunicipalitiesNorth Carolina Body Armor Grants

Grant Website and Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

Body Armor for North Carolina Police Officers

For those participating in the RMS workers compensation program, the pool will help pay the cost of providing body armor for police officers. The workers compensation program will pay 50 percent of the cost, up to $250 for qualified purchases.

What this grant does for your agency

Agencies awarded the North Carolina League of Municipalities Body Armor Grants receive funds for the purchase of body armor.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

  • Open only to Law Enforcement Agencies in North Carolina.
  • Each participating municipality must have one member of its Police Department/Public Safety Department trained in the selection, use and maintenance of body armor.
  • Each police department must establish a written policy mandating the use of body armor and implement a constructive enforcement program to assure that officers were their armor while on duty. An official copy of this policy must be forwarded to RMS. There must be adequate proof to show the enforcement program is being followed and vests are being worn.
  • Purchased garments must provide, at minimum, front and back protection and be National Institute of Justice certified.

About the North Carolina League of Municipalities

The North Carolina League of Municipalities is a non-partisan federation of more than 540 cities, towns and villages in North Carolina. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

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Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP)

KOHSKentucky Law Enforcement Equipment Program Grants (LEPP)

Grant Website & Guidelines

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
  • Ammunition
  • 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.

Grant Eligibility

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 Deadline

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.

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