DHS Releases $1.6B in Fiscal 2018 Grant Notices
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released fiscal year (FY) 2018 notices of funding opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.

“The administration remains committed to strengthening the security and resilience of our state and local communities,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen. “The DHS grant programs are flexible by design and will be used to help address evolving threats. They will go toward building and sustaining capabilities across all levels of government and the whole community to maximize preparedness.”

The FY 2018 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats. For FY 2018, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 32 high-threat, high-density urban areas. This represents congressional intent to limit FY 2018 UASI funding to those urban areas that represent up to 85 percent of the nationwide risk.

Grant recipients 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 articulated in the national preparedness goal.

Preparedness grant program allocations include the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG), which provides more than $350 million to assist state, local, tribal and territorial governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities. The 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.

Under the HSGP, the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) provides $402 million to support the implementation of risk-driven, capabilities-based state homeland security strategies to address capability targets. States are required to dedicate 25 percent of SHSP funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities. UASI provides $580 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 32 high-threat, high-density areas. Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) provides $85 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.

The Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) provides $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 $60 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. This year, $50 million is provided to nonprofits in UASI-designated urban areas, and $10 million is provided to nonprofits located in any state or territory.

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) provides $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) provides $2 million to owners and operators of intercity bus systems to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

All preparedness Notices of Funding Opportunities can be found at www.grants.gov.

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