Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program


The goal of the BVP program is to provide up to 50% of the cost of armored vests for state, local and tribal jurisdictions.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998, as amended, Public Law 105-181, 34 U.S.C. 10531-10533, Statute 112,512
(Formerly cited as 42 USC Section 3796)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Only chief executives of jurisdictions (or their designees) may apply for funds. 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. The chief executive of the jurisdiction registers on-line, submits the jurisdiction application, and requests payment for completed vest orders.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Only law enforcement officers may receive vests through this program. According to the Act, "law enforcement officer" means any officer, agent, or employee of a State, unit of local government, or an Indian 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. Eligible officers may be full-time, part-time, paid or volunteer. In order to receive BVP funds, jurisdictions must certify, during the application process, that all law enforcement agencies benefitting from the BVP Program have a written "mandatory wear" policy in effect. FAQ: https://ojp.gov/bvpbasi/docs/FAQsBVPMandatoryWearPolicy.pdf 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. A certification section has been added to the 2017 application (in the BVP system) stating the jurisdictions and law enforcement agency are aware of and will comply with this requirement.
Eligible jurisdictions must be general purpose units of local government, 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. The validity of the on-line registration process is verified through independent reviews which may include certification by the banking institutions serving the jurisdiction, the U.S. Census Bureau, and agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This is an Internet-based program. The jurisdiction is required to complete and submit an on-line registration form, providing information about the jurisdiction's chief executive officer, program contact person, and electronic banking information. The registration process is handled through the program's web site http://ojp.gov/bvpbasi/home.html.. Only those jurisdictions with approved registrations are permitted to make application.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The jurisdiction submits the application to BJA via the Internet web site http://vests.ojp.gov. On-line instructions guide the jurisdiction through the application process. Law enforcement agencies or agencies with law enforcement functions which meet the Act's definition, will assist in completing the jurisdiction's on-line application by indicating the types, numbers, and costs of vests they intend to order. Only those jurisdictions that complete and submit applications will be eligible for matching funds from BJA.
Award Procedure
Applications received by BJA are reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements. Each application is then checked against the availability of funds to cover up to 50 percent of the application's total cost, in keeping with established criteria for program fund allocation. When all checks are complete and the application approved, the jurisdiction is notified through e-mail that the necessary funds have been obligated.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
A minimum of 15 working days may be required for complete registration validation, although jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies will have immediate access to certain program components during this validation process. A minimum of 60 working days may be required after the program closes for approval of the jurisdiction's application for funding. A minimum of 25 working days may be required for the electronic transfer of funds from the U.S. Treasury to the jurisdiction's bank account, once the request for funds has been received, reviewed, and approved by the Office of Justice Programs.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The program pays up to 50 percent of the total cost of each vest order. Total cost includes the cost of the vests, vest carriers, attachments, inserts, and covers considered integral or essential for its proper care, use, and wearability, shipping, handling, fitting charges, and applicable taxes. The total invoiced price, after all vendor and prompt payment discounts have been deducted, is what the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) uses to determine the Federal match. This program only allows the purchase of body armor that has been tested and found to comply with applicable ballistic and stab standards promulgated by the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Standard 0101.06 Ballistic Resistance of Police Body Armor. In FY 2001, stab-resistant body armor was also included in the program as an allowable purchase.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the General Accounting Office, Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, state or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local procurement policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control.
In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 34, Subtitle I Chapter 101 Public Law 90–351, title I, §?2501, as amended

Matching is voluntary. 50%. The program requires that each applicant jurisdiction be responsible for providing at least 50 percent of the cost of each vest purchased. Tribal governments may use Federal funds to provide this match; all other jurisdictions must use nonfederal match funds. Nonfederal fund sources include State and/or local jurisdiction revenues, private or personal funds, and contributions from insurance or workman's compensation consortiums. Asset forfeiture funds may also be used to meet the jurisdiction's matching requirement. Beginning in FY 2002, changes (Bulletproof Vest Partnership Act of 2000; Public Law 106-517) gives preference to small jurisdictions (those populations below 100,000) guaranteeing them the full 50 percent match payment before payments are calculated and approved for larger jurisdictions.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Jurisdictions with approved applications must request the federal match no later than August 31st of the second federal fiscal year following the end of the federal fiscal year in which their application was approved. In other words, the jurisdiction has two years beyond the year of their application to request payments for vests contained in that application. Payments of the federal match will be made whenever the jurisdiction indicates that at least part of the approved vest order was received and invoiced. Funds will be available approximately three to four months after the application deadline. Applicants will be notified, via email, when the award is made and the funds are available. Please see the main BVP web site for more details: http://ojp.gov/bvpbasi/home.html.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Joseph Husted
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: 1-877-758-3787
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$30,054,064.00; FY 19 est $22,500,000.00; FY 20 est $25,000,000.00; FY 17$17,394,757.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please see the main BVP web site for more details: http://ojp.gov/bvpbasi/home.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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