DHS Allocates $345M for FY 2018 Grant Programs
Monday, August 27, 2018 | Comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) announced final allocations of $345 million for six fiscal year (FY) 2018 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, together with the more than $1.3 billion in noncompetitive grant funding announced by DHS in June, total more than $1.6 billion in FY 2018 granted to assist states, local areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector with preparedness efforts.

"DHS is committed to building a culture of preparedness with our government, private sector, and nonprofit partners nationwide so we are ready when disaster strikes," said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. "The DHS grant programs are flexible by design and purposed to help address our evolving risk environment. Response and recovery to catastrophic events strain our communities' logistics, supply chains, communications, and staffing capacities. When these events occur, time is our most valuable resource. That is why our preparedness grant programs build and sustain critical capabilities today, so we will be ready tomorrow."

The FY 2018 preparedness grants focus on the nation's highest risk areas, including urban areas that continue to face the most significant threats. Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention activities throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to terrorism-related activity.

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 HSGP, the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) provides $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) provides $580 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 29 high-threat, high-density areas. Finally, 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.

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.

Per section 2006 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. § 607), DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is required to ensure that at least 25 percent of grant funding is used for law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.

In addition, 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 $60 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack.

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. 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 reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.

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. Finally, 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.

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