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)

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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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Vest for Life Body Armor Program

Body Armor Grants - Armor of God Project

Free Bullet Proof Vests Program for Law Enforcement Officers

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

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

Providing Recycled Ballistic Vests To LEOs Since 2009

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.

About Ten-Four Ministries

The St. Michael’s Shield Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry dedicated to reaching the first responder community in the service of Jesus Christ. Learn more about Ten-Four Ministries

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