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Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)

Grants to USA Agencies to Purchase Body
Armor Vests for Law Enforcement Officers

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United States Department of Justice and Office of Justice Programs - Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Deadline Date:

06/14/19 6:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA government agencies to defray the cost of purchasing body armor vests for use by law enforcement officers. All body armor purchased under this program must conform to all guidelines in effect as of the date of purchase. Priority will be given to jurisdictions with fewer than 100,000 residents.

Jurisdictions receiving funding for reimbursement of body armor purchases must have in place a uniquely fitted vest requirement when the FY 2019 BVP applications are submitted.

Beginning with FY 2011, in order to receive BVP funds, jurisdictions must certify, during the application process, that all law enforcement agencies benefiting from the BVP Program have a written "mandatory wear" policy in effect.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155584

Term of Contract:

BVP funds will be available for drawdown for two years from the time of the award announcement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Any recognized unit of general government (states, counties, federally recognized tribes, cities, and local jurisdictions) recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau that employs law enforcement officers.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for FY 2019 BVP funds will be accepted beginning April 16, 2019. All applications must be submitted online by 6:00 PM (Eastern Time), June 14, 2019.

The BVP program makes funding decisions three to four months after the "open application period" ends. Applicants are then notified via email regarding approved funding levels.

This program will reimburse up to 50% of the cost of body armor vests.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming