DHS FY18 Preparedness Grants

DHS has released their fiscal year (FY) 18 funding opportunities for eight Department of Homeland Security grant programs. Many of the grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.

All of the below Notices of Funding Opportunities can be found at www.grants.gov

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)—provides more than $350 million to assist state, local, tribal, territorial governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities.

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.

  • State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)—provides $402 million to support the implementation of risk-driven, capabilities-based State Homeland Security Strategies to address capability targets. States are required to dedicate 25 percent of SHSP funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.
  • Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)—provides $580 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 32 high-threat, high-density areas. States and Urban Areas are required to dedicate 25 percent of UASI funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.
  • 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.

Since the enactment of the 9/11 Act, FEMA has required states to ensure that at least 25 percent of the total funds awarded to them under SHSP and UASI are dedicated toward law enforcement terrorism prevention activities (LETPA).  The total LETPA allocation can be satisfied from SHSP, UASI or both. In addition, states must obligate at least 80 percent of the funds awarded under SHSP and UASI to local or tribal units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds.

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 Katie Dwyer

Katie Schemm Dwyer is a Director in NACCHO's Preparedness Division. Her work focuses on supporting local health departments strengthen public health preparedness systems through governance, coordination and liaison with federal preparedness organizations, policy, and program management.

2 thoughts on “DHS FY18 Preparedness Grants

  1. May 23, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Just coming off a major disaster on may 15th in form of Tornado in Brookfield CT. Many homes seriously damaged, power disrupted, streets blocked, schools shut down. would we be eligible to apply for an EPMG or any other grant for future preparedness ? Thank you.

    1. Katie Dwyer
      September 13, 2018 at 9:57 am

      Hello Dr. Sullivan and thank you for your question. NACCHO would be happy to discuss some options for preparedness grant funding with you. Please contact us at preparedness@naccho.org with any questions.

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