DHS Announces FY 2017 Competitive Preparedness Grant Allocations
Friday, September 01, 2017 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced final allocations of $288 million for six fiscal year (FY) 2017 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, in addition to the more than $1.3 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced by DHS in June, total more than $1.6 billion in FY 2017 to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector with preparedness efforts.

In addition, $8 million of funding is being announced for Homeland Security National Training Program/Continuing Training Grants, to be used with congressional guidance to develop and deliver training that addresses priority gaps in core capabilities and responds to specific threats and hazards.

The FY 2017 preparedness grants focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that continue to face the most significant threats. Dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention activities throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity.

The FY 2017 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) provides more than $1 billion for states and urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats. HSGP includes the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) with $402 million to support the implementation of the national preparedness system to build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels. The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) with $580 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 33 high-threat, high-density areas also is included. HSGP also incudes Operation Stonegarden, which provides $55 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state and federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States’ land and water borders where there are ongoing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) missions.

Awards made to the states and urban areas for HSGP carry pass-through requirements. Pass through is defined as an obligation on the part of the State Administrative Agency (SAA) to make funds available to local units of government, combinations of local units, tribal governments, or other specific groups or organizations. The SAA must obligate at least 80 percent of the funds awarded under SHSP and UASI to local or tribal units of government. DHS is required to ensure that at least 25 percent of grant funding be used for law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.

The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program provides more than $350 million to assist local, tribal, territorial and state governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities. The Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) offers $10 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards. The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides $25 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the 33 FY 2017 UASI-eligible urban areas.

In addition, the Intercity Passenger Rail – Amtrak (IPR) Program provides $10 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system. The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) offers $100 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or re-establish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.

The Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) provides $88 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure. The Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP) offers $2 million to assist operators of fixed-route intercity and charter bus services within high-threat urban areas to protect bus systems and the traveling public from acts of terrorism, major disasters and other emergencies.

In addition to the competitive grants, DHS announced more than $1.3 billion in preparedness grant program funding in June.

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