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Funding Resources

Funding Resources for the Revolutionary & Patented Cop Shields

Below is a list of possible financial resources to purchase The Cop Shield.  While we understand there are many variables in obtaining these funds, we tried to compile the most comprehensive list available in the US.  Cop Shield USA (CSU) will also be posting Requests for Proposal (RFP), Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA), or Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFA) as they are released if we feel they may be of interest to our customers.

Federal Grants

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) This site shows current funding announcements from BJA.  Many of these grants support technical equipment included as a component of a comprehensive plan for Public and Officer Safety, School Violence, etc.  Most include training and technical assistance.  Collaboratives in the community are very important when strategizing for these grants.

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) This site shows current funding opportunities from JAG which is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions.  The only way to receive these funds is through your County or City if they are allocated funds, which is based on a share of your state’s three-year average violent crime data.  To see if your jurisdiction is eligible check here: FY 2017 Allocations and Disparate Information  If you are, work with your Chief or Sheriff about the possibility of applying for Cop Shields.

If not, every state and U.S. territory can receive an annual JAG award that is available to local and state agencies.  These are competitive, so it always helps to get to know your State Administering Agency representative.  Contact them and discuss your need.  Be sure to have data to back up your request and ask to be put on an email list to be notified of the next application announcement.

Homeland Security has several grants available, however they all need to be applied for through your FEMA State Administering Agency, as states are allocated funding to then disburse based on each state emergency management plans.  A list of SAA points of contact is available at: FEMA SAA LIST.  These are also important people to get acquainted with.  Regional applications are always more attractive to Homeland Security and FEMA, so consider that as you approach any of these.

One Homeland Security Grant is the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which provides funding support for physical security enhancements and other security activities to nonprofit organizations, i.e. faith-based organizations, that are at high risk of a terrorist attack.  This is a competitive program with the objectives to 1) Build and sustain core capabilities, 2) Strengthen governance integration between private nonprofit entities and Federal, state, and local governments, and 3) Encourage a whole community approach to security and emergency management.

Another Homeland Security Grant is the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.  The EMPG program’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas.

If you are building a new department in a rural area, you might want to consider a Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program through USDA.  Public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles or equipment are funded.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention have many grants available for school safety, suicide prevention, substance use and mental health disorders and school climate/bullying.  Many allow expenditures for equipment such as the Cop Shield if the applicant can prove the need for such an item.

These grants are typically applied for by schools (e.g. a Cop Shield for its security Personnel), health providers, etc. so it is extremely important to have established relationships with these sectors in your community when the opportunity presents itself for such a grant application.  All announcements can be seen here: SAMHSA Grants

Corporate, Community and Local Foundation Grants

There are many corporations that have foundations who provide grants to specific causes in each state and nationally.  These are wonderful relationship that often last for years.  Foundations have a direct interest in the communities they fund, so relationships really do matter. One place to easily find a listing in your state is on The Grantsmanship Center in their listing of State Resources. Here you can click on your state and find the top giving, community, corporate and state foundations listed along with links to their sites (on most pages).  It is imperative when dealing with foundations that you first establish that your agency mission aligns with the foundation giving priorities, then find out their timeline and process for applications.

One Corporate funder is Firehouse Subs.  If you have one in your area, they have a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation which supports first responders in purchasing equipment.  Their application portal specifies the deadline dates, which are quarterly.  Also, remember your social service clubs such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, American Legion, VFW, Eagles etc. who sometimes provide local support for safety and security initiatives.


This list was compiled specifically for The Cop Shield consumer in mind by Cyndi MacKenzie, a Grant Professional Certified.  Cyndi has worked in the grant field for 13 years and has won over $22 million dollars in grant funding with her clients. 

She is a member of the Grant Professional Association (GPA), a GPA Approved Trainer, and a Grant News Contributing Editor, and Cyndi can be reached at

Mrs. MacKenzie is a consultant who over the years assisted several LE organizations to secure available funding.  In addition, Cyndi supports Cop Shield USA’s objective to better protect police officers’ lives with its unique shields. Please note that Cyndi does not benefit financially from any Cop Shield sales.