Overview and Award Schedule
The South Carolina General Assembly has designated non-recurring state funds for the purpose of providing financial assistance to local units of government for the purchase of body armor for its law enforcement officers. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs (OHSJP) is charged with the responsibility of the administration of the state-appropriated Body Armor Assistance Grant (BAAG) Program. The BAAG Program is open to local units of government. A "local unit of government" is defined as any city, county, town, township or other political subdivision of a state. BAAG funds pay for up to 100 percent of allowable vests, taxes, and shipping purchases for vests used in the ordinary course of police duty. Applications should cover eligible vest purchases between July 1, 2022-December 31, 2023. Applicants may request funds to purchase vests known to expire during the above timeframe, as well as other anticipated vest needs during this time (e.g. new hires).
New users must register via the SCDPS web-based application tool, SCDPS Grants by Wednesday, February 22, 2023, located at www.scdpsgrants.com. The deadline for 2023 BAAG applications is Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm.
Application and Forms
FFY 2024 Grant Solicitation Workshop Materials and Available Resources: