DHS Allocates $1.7B in FY 2019 Grants
Monday, April 15, 2019 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released fiscal-year (FY) 2019 notices of funding opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.7 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 prevent and respond to terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.

A statement said the grants reflect the department’s focus on funding for programs that address the nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in communities.

The FY 2019 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats, the statement said. For FY 2019, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will fund 31 high-threat, high-density urban areas. This represents congressional intent to limit FY 2019 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.

The Preparedness Grant Program allocations include more than $350 million for the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG), which assists in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities. The FY 2019 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. The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) provides $415 million to support the implementation of state strategies to address capability targets, and states are required to dedicate 25 percent of SHSP funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities. UASI provides $590 million, and states and urban areas are required to dedicate 25 percent of UASI funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities. Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) provides $90 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the U.S. land and water borders.

In addition, 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. About $60 million was allocated to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which targets 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 portwide 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. Final submissions must be made through the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants system located at https://portal.fema.gov.

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