Homeland Security Grant Information

Primary Grant Programs

A core mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to enhance the ability of state, local and tribal governments to prepare, prevent, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks and other disasters.  The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) is a primary funding mechanism for building and sustaining national preparedness capabilities.

The HSGP is comprised of distinct funding streams.  

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) supports building and sustaining capabilities at the state and local levels through planning, equipment, training, and exercise activities and helps states to implement the strategic goals and objectives included in state homeland security strategies.  SHSP provides funding to all 56 states and territories based on a combination of formula, risk, and effectiveness.

Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funds address the unique multi-disciplinary planning, operations, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas.  This program provides funding to high-risk urban areas based on risk and effectiveness.

Other Grant Programs

Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP)

CEDAP complements the FEMA National Preparedness Directorate's other major grant programs to enhance regional response capabilities, mutual aid, and interoperable communications by providing technology and equipment, together with training and technical assistance required to operate that equipment, to public safety agencies in smaller jurisdictions and certain metropolitan areas.

Eligible applicants include law enforcement agencies, fire, and other emergency responders who demonstrate that the equipment will be used to improve their ability and capacity to respond to a major critical incident or work with other first responders. Awardees must not have received equipment/funding under the Urban Areas Security Initiative or the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.  Organizations must submit applications through the Responder Knowledge Base website.

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations.  Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. The Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency administers the grants in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. For fiscal year 2005, Congress reauthorized the Assistance to Firefighters Grants for an additional 5 years through 2010. (http://www.firegrantsupport.com/AFG/)

UASI Non-Profit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is an important component of the Administration's larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the Nation's overall level of preparedness.  NSGP provides funding to strengthen the security of nonprofit organizations that are deemed at high risk of a potential terrorist attack and are located within one of the specific UASI-eligible urban areas. (http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/uasi/index.shtm)

Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)

The PSGP provides grant funding to port areas for the protection of critical port infrastructure from terrorism.  PSGP funds help ports enhance their risk management capabilities, domain awareness, training and exercises, and capabilities to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices and other non-conventional weapons.

Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)

The TSGP provides grants to the Nation's key high-threat Urban Areas to enhance security measures for their critical transit infrastructure including bus, rail, and ferry systems.  This year, the TSGP will also provide funding to Amtrak for continued security enhancements for its intercity rail operations between key, high-risk Urban Areas throughout the United States.

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)

The EMPG program provides resources to assist State and local governments to sustain and enhance all-hazards emergency management capabilities.  States have the opportunity to use EMPG funds to further strengthen their ability to support emergency management activities while simultaneously addressing issues of national concern as identified in the National Priorities of the National Preparedness Guidelines.  EMPG has a 50 percent Federal and 50 percent State cost-share cash or in-kind match requirement. 

Competitive Training Grant Program (CTGP)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Competitive Training Grant Program (CTGP) is an important component of the Administration's larger, coordinated effort to strengthen homeland security preparedness.  The CTGP awards funds to competitively selected applicants to develop and deliver innovative training programs addressing high priority national homeland security training needs.  The CTGP demonstrates FEMA's commitment to work closely with the Nation's homeland security stakeholders in a unified national effort to continuously expand training opportunities that address the evolving national risk environment.