New Jersey Gets $39.4M in Federal Homeland Security Grant Funding
Monday, September 17, 2018 | Comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) a total of $39.4 million in federal homeland security grant funding for the prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery of emerging security threats throughout the state.

The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) contains several key funding streams, including the Jersey City/Newark Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), totaling $22.75 million in funding, and the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), totaling nearly $8 million in funding. These two grant streams support public and private stakeholder efforts in combating acts of terrorism and other threats.

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), totaling nearly $8.7 million, will go toward improving physical security measures to the facilities of nonprofit organizations within and near New Jersey’s UASI and metropolitan statistical area deemed to be at the greatest risk of attack.

The NSGP dollar figure represents a significant increase from previous grant cycles — federal fiscal year 2017 was $3.8 million — allowing nonprofit organizations greater ability to implement needed physical security measures. Additionally, this funding opportunity has facilitated greater collaboration and understanding between the recipient organizations and law enforcement agencies across New Jersey.

“New Jersey’s top priority is public safety and increased grant funding will enable our state to be more proactive in preparing for and responding to all potential threats,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “These grants help support our goal of improving the strength and resiliency of every community across New Jersey by ensuring that law enforcement agencies and organizations are able to work together to keep our state safe and secure for all residents.”

The grants must be used for the purchase and installation of physical security equipment or for security-related training for organizational personnel. This extra security funding allows nonprofits to invest in tools that promote safety for the state’s residents and visitors.

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