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DHS Announces Application Period for Homeland Security Grants

December 15, 2009

Return to December issue of On Scene

IAFC On Scene: December 2009

Chiefs Urged to Contact State Emergency Managers and Homeland Security Advisers to Apply

On December 8, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the release of the fiscal year 2010 application guidance kits for 13 DHS grants totaling more than $2.7 billion.

These grants are administered through the relevant state administrative agencies, so IAFC members are encouraged to contact their state emergency managers or homeland-security advisers to participate in these programs.

It’s important to note that FY 2010 grants can be used to maintain and upgrade equipment previously purchased with DHS grants. Last month, IAFC President Chief Jeff Johnson sent a letter to Secretary Napolitano requesting that grantees be allowed to use funding from grants like the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) and the Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant Program to sustain equipment previously purchased with previous grants.

Among the grant programs listed are:

  • The Homeland Security Grant Program targets $1.78 billion for states or urban areas to build capabilities. The deadline for these programs is April 19, 2010. HSGP includes five programs:
    • State Homeland Security Program – $842 million to build capabilities based on state homeland-security goals and objectives.
    • Urban Areas Security Initiative – $832.5 million to enhance regional preparedness in the 64 high-threat, high-density urban areas across the country.
    • Operation Stonegarden – $60 million to enhance law-enforcement and border-security operations in states that border Canada and Mexico, as well as states and territories with international water boundaries.
    • Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) – $39.3 million to enhance and sustain comprehensive regional mass-casualty incident response and preparedness capabilities, divided evenly among 124 MMRS jurisdictions.
    • Citizen Corps Program – $12.4 million to engage citizens in community planning, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery activities.
  • The Emergency Management Performance Grants – $329 million to assist state and local governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency-management capabilities. The deadline for this program is January 22, 2010.
  • Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program – $48 million to assist governments in carrying out initiatives identified in statewide communication interoperability plans and to improve interoperable emergency communications. The deadline for this program is February 12, 2010.
  • Emergency Operations Center Grant Program – $57.6 million to support the construction or renovation of emergency-operation centers to improve state, local and tribal emergency-management and preparedness capabilities. The deadline for this program is February 12, 2010.
  • Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program – $33.6 million to enhance incident preparedness in high-risk, high-consequence urban areas and their surrounding regions and to support coordinated, all-hazard planning for catastrophic events. The deadline for this program is April 19, 2010.

For more information on these grant programs, go to the FEMA Grants and Assistance Programs webpage.