The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program provides up to 50 percent matching funds for agencies looking to purchase soft and tactical body armor for their officers. Established in 1998 by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act, BVP is part of the U.S. Department of Justice initiative to provide critical resources to state and local law enforcement. Since 1999, over 13,000 jurisdictions have participated in the BVP Program, with $277 million in federal funds committed to support the purchase of an estimated 800,000 vests. Register your agency today!
Step 1 - Register
Register your agency by going to http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bvp/. On the left navigation bar, click on “Getting Started”. Complete an online application detailing the total number, type and projected costs for the vests you are applying for. Wait for approval of your funds. The BVP makes funding decisions immediately after the open enrollment period. Applicants are notified by email regarding their fund awards.
Step 2 - Purchase Your Vest/s
Purchase the vest(s) needed by your agency. Only concealable and tactical body armor vests, that are certified to the NIJ Standard-0101.06 will qualify for BVP funding. Also all agencies will have to certify during the application process, that they have a “written” mandatory wear policy.
Step 3 - Retrieve Reimbursement
After you have purchased your vests, complete an online receiving report located at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bvp/, and request payment for reimbursement.
Applications for FY20 BVP funding will be accepted through 6:00 PM ET, Tuesday, May 13, 2020. Funds are expected to distributed in September 2020.
State JAG Note: The State JAG Applications period expired June 25th, 2019. BJA does not anticipate being able to extend the 2019 deadline. Applications for 2020 are expected to be due by a similar date in 2020. Please contact the GMS Help Desk at 1-888-549-9901 (Option 3) prior to the deadline if you experience any technical difficulties with submission.
AG Overview: The JAG Program, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, and technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
JAG Legislation: Public Law 109-162, Title XI–Department of Justice Reauthorization, Subtitle B–Improving the Department of Justice's Grant Programs, Chapter 1–Assisting Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Agencies, Sec. 1111 (Merger of the Byrne Formula Grant Program and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program).
What is the COPS grant:
COPS — the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. COPS does its work principally by sharing information and making grants to police departments around the United States. Read a more complete description
GRANTS AND FUNDING
The COPS Office is responsible for advancing the practice of community policing in the nation’s state, local, territory, and tribal law enforcement agencies. One method in doing so is through the COPS Office Grant Programs and Funding. Read more about available grant programs