DHS Releases 2014 Funding for 6 Grant Programs (3/19/14)
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | Comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding opportunity details for six DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The homeland security grants assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, and nonprofit organizations, as well as the private sector.

In addition, DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) posted the FY 2014 Safecom guidance on emergency communications grants to the Safecom website at http://www.safecomprogram.gov/grant/Default.aspx.

“The FY 2014 homeland security grants demonstrate the department’s strong partnership at all levels of government and across the whole community to address a complex threat environment,” said DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. “The positive impact of these grant programs can be seen in neighborhoods across the country, and this year’s homeland security preparedness grant funding will further strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to a range of threats, disasters and incidents.”

For FY 2014, the department shifted away from identifying program-specific priorities and instead directed grantees to prioritize grant funds to increase a jurisdiction’s capabilities based on the grantees’ capability targets set through the annual threat and hazard identification and risk assessment and capability gaps identified through the annual state preparedness report.

Grantees are encouraged to use grant funding to maintain and sustain current critical core capabilities through investments in training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment. New capabilities that are built using homeland security grant funding must be deployable if needed to support regional and national efforts. All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities in the national preparedness goal.

Preparedness grant program allocations for FY 2014 include more than $1 billion for the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP). This comprises more than $401 million for the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) with $587 million and $55 million for Operation Stonegarden (OPSG).

The 9/11 Act requires states to dedicate 40 percent of the combined SHSP and UASI funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.

Also included in the FY funding is $10 million for the Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP), $13 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) and the Intercity Passenger Rail - Amtrak (IPR) Program with more than $10 million.

The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) was funded with more than $100 million, and the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) has more than $90 million.

All preparedness funding announcements can be found at www.grants.gov. The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) applications, announced March 10, are due no later than April 9. All other preparedness grant applications are due no later than May 23. Final submissions must be made through the Non-Disaster Grants system at https://portal.fema.gov.

For more 2014 grant opportunities and tips, click here.

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