DHS Announces $385M in Final Grant Allocations
Wednesday, July 01, 2020 | Comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced final allocations of $385 million for seven fiscal year (FY) 2020 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, together with the more than $1.3 billion in noncompetitive grant funding announced by DHS in February and April, total nearly $1.8 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2020 granted to assist states, local areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies and the private sector with preparedness efforts.

“The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have led the way in modernizing our preparedness capabilities throughout our nation,” said DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. “Through initiatives like these, we are equipping our state and local partners to protect their communities and keep their residents safe. Never has this been more critical than in today’s environment. As a department, we look forward to seeing the new initiatives, protocols and resources that will be implemented and bolster security as a direct result of these programs.

“Last year my Homeland Security Advisory Council presented me with several recommendations to prevent targeted violence against faith-based communities. The council worked closely with these communities to better understand their needs and how DHS can develop a more agile, scalable framework to inform, train and resource faith communities that are impacted by threats of targeted violence. These grants are another example of DHS’ commitment to following their recommendations for added resources.”

Since 2002, DHS has awarded nearly $54 billion to these partners. The FY 2020 grant awards will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that 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.

By awarding $90 million toward improving security at faith-based and non-profit communities, resources are available to provide preparedness and resilience to their organizations and houses of worship. DHS 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 were required to submit investment justifications that address these priorities. In addition, DHS conducted an effectiveness review process to ensure grant funding is allocated to those projects the most effectively address these priorities.

The FY 2020 grant guidance continues to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas and national priorities. Grant recipients under the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will be required to dedicate a minimum of 20% of awards to address four priority areas: cybersecurity (5%); soft target and crowded places (5%); information and intelligence sharing (5%); and emerging threats (5%).

The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) provides $355.1 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 HSGP, the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) provides $415 million to support the implementation of risk-driven, capabilities-based state homeland security strategies to address capability targets. States are required to dedicate 25% of SHSP funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities. Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) provides $615 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 32 high-threat, high-density areas. States and urban areas are required to dedicate 25% of UASI funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities. Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) provides $90 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 $15 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 $90 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 $40 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) 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.

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) offers $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.

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