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Patrick Leahy 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)

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06/23/21 6:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories 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 current standards. Priority will be given to jurisdictions with fewer than 100,000 residents.

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program is an initiative designed to provide critical resources to state, local and tribal jurisdictions for the purpose of purchasing body armor for sworn law enforcement officers.

The purpose of the BVP Program is to reimburse states, counties, federally recognized tribes, cities, and local jurisdictions that employ law enforcement officers for up to 50% of the total cost of body armor vests purchased for those officers. Current legislation places the priority on funding jurisdictions with less than 100,000 residents. Remaining funds are distributed on a pro rata basis to jurisdictions with over 100,000 residents.

The phrase “law enforcement officer” means any officer, agent, or employee of a State, unit of local government, or federally recognized tribe authorized by law or by a government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, or investigation of any violation of criminal law, or authorized by law to supervise sentenced criminal offenders. This includes full-time, part-time, and auxiliary personnel, whether paid or volunteer.

In order to be reimbursed under the BVP Program, all purchased body armor must comply with the most current National Institute of Justice (NIJ) ballistic or stab body armor standards. BVP will reimburse for up to 50% of the total cost of eligible purchases. The total cost of each qualifying vest purchase includes items considered integral to or essential for the proper care, use, and wearability of the vest: namely the cost of the vest, vest carrier, attachments, inserts, shipping and handling charges, fitting charges, and applicable taxes.

BVP funds may be used for tactical-level armor, but for only one vest per officer in a replacement cycle. If the agency purchases a tactical level vest for an officer, it must be the officer’s primary vest. The agency cannot then use BVP funds to purchase a regular duty vest for the same officer during the same replacement cycle.

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:

Only jurisdictions are eligible to receive funding through the BVP Program. Jurisdictions are defined as general purpose units of local Government (e.g., cities, towns, townships, boroughs, counties, etc.), Federally-recognized Indian tribes, the 50 State Governments, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

If an eligible jurisdiction has more than one law enforcement agency (LEA) – as is the case with state jurisdictions, some counties, and larger local municipalities – each LEA should also register in the BVP Program and complete its own application (called a sub-application). The jurisdiction will submit an aggregate application on behalf of all of its LEAs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for FY 2021 BVP funds will be accepted beginning April 29, 2021. All applications must be submitted online by 6:00 pm (Eastern Time), June 21, 2021. A SAM registration is required for 2021 BVP applicants.

To participate in the BVP Program, state, local, and tribal jurisdictions must complete the following five steps:

1. Register as a jurisdiction or law enforcement agency: Agencies can register in the BVP Program at any time throughout the year by contacting BVP Customer Support (see Contact Information below).
2. Register and associate a User ID
3. Submit an application
4. Purchase vests
5. Submit a payment request with receipt information

BJA requires that all agencies applying for BVP Program funds have a written Mandatory Wear Policy for uniformed patrol officers. The BVP system requires that the policy document be uploaded prior to submitting an application. See Supporting Documents below for Mandatory Wear Policy FAQs.

Funds will be available approximately three to four months after the application deadline.

Jurisdictions not registered with SAM are strongly encouraged to access the SAM website at as soon as possible in order to obtain information on and complete the online SAM registration process. For more information about renewing and updating your existing SAM registration, or registering in SAM as a new entity, please visit The SAM Helpdesk can be reached at 866-606-8220.

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


Users can register in the BVP system and associate their user ID to an agency online at

U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Joseph Husted, Policy Advisor
(202) 353-4411

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