Ensuring that police officers and firefighters have the resources to safely protect and serve the public is a top priority of the following programs that are offered by the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority, United States Department of Justice, and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Grant funds are made available on an annual basis for activities including, but not limited to: training, law enforcement, community corrections, education, bullet proof vests, fire prevention, fire equipment, and retaining/hiring firefighters.
Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG)
The JAG program, administered by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, was designed to streamline justice funding and grant administration. The program blends funding for Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (also known as ADAA) and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) programs to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most. Funds are available for corrections and community corrections, law enforcement, prosecution, and court, prevention and education.
Deadlines vary from year to year and little notice is given so it is good to keep checking the web site: https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=59.
Bulletproof Vests Program (BVP)
The Bullet Proof Vest Partnership (BPV), created by the BPV Partnership Grant Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-181) and reauthorized by the BPV Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-517), is a unique U.S. Department of Justice Initiative designed to provide a critical resource the state and local law enforcement.
Since 1999, over 13,000 jurisdictions have participated in the BPV Program, with $393 million in federal funds committed to support the purchase of an estimated one (1) million vests. The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers the BPV Program. Typically, grant submissions are due each year in June. There is a 50% match for this program.
NEW: The Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the Fiscal Year 2015 BVP funds are available for use. The FY 2015 award funds may be used for the latest National Institute of Justice (NIJ) compliant armored vests which are ordered on or after April 1, 2015. The deadline to request payments from the FY 2015 award funds is August 31, 2017.
FEMA – Firefighters Grants
- Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG)
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Applications have closed for 2016.
- Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S)
The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. Funding becomes available annually. Information on 2016 applications will be available soon.
- Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards established by the NFPA and OSHA. For details visit https://www.fema.gov/staffing-adequate-fire-emergency-response-grants.