DHS Releases FY 2020 Grant Allocations
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released fiscal year (FY) 2020 notices of funding opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 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 and mitigating terrorist attacks and major disasters.

The FY 2020 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats. For FY 2020, 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 2020 UASI funding to those urban areas that represent up to 85 percent of the nationwide risk.

DHS has identified four critical priority areas for attention in the FY 2020 grant cycle: cybersecurity, soft targets and crowded places, intelligence and information sharing, and emerging threats. Applicants will be required to submit investment justifications that address these priorities. In addition, DHS will conduct an effectiveness review process to ensure grant funding is allocated to those projects that most effectively address these priorities.

Grant recipients under the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP) and UASI are required to dedicate a minimum of 20% of awards to address the four priority areas at 5% each.

To allow enough time for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct an initial eligibility review of the application prior to the final submission deadline, applicants are encouraged to complete the Standard Form 424 within Grants.gov by April 8, seven days prior to the end of the application period for all programs.

The grant program allocations include more than $355 million for Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) 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. Within HSGP, the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) was allocated $415 million, $615 million was allocated to UASI, and Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) received a $90 million allocation.

FEMA has required states to ensure that at least 25% of the total funds awarded to them under SHSP and UASI are dedicated toward law enforcement terrorism prevention activities (LETPA). In addition, states must obligate at least 80% of the funds awarded under SHSP and UASI to local or tribal units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds.

The Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) was allocated $15 million for eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards. Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) received a $90 million allocation 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 $40 million is provided to nonprofits located in any state or territory.

The Intercity Passenger Rail - Amtrak (IPR) Program was allocated $10 million to protect the Amtrak rail system. The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) received a $100 million allocation to help protect critical port infrastructure. Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) was allocated $88 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation, and Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP) received a $2 million allocation for owners and operators of intercity bus systems to protect surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

“The Department of Homeland Security must continually innovate, evolve and improve upon our preparedness efforts to ensure our state and local partners are resilient for both today and tomorrow,” said DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. “Our threat landscape has shifted dramatically over the past 20 years from the large-scale attacks committed by foreign Islamist terrorists to the increased threat of domestic terrorism, attacks on soft targets, such as houses of worship, nightclubs, office buildings and concert venues, and emerging threats such as cyberattacks and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

“Importantly, we have also included recommendations from governors and mayors, as well as national security experts and emergency management associations, to enhance our security posture going forward.”

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