Homeland Security Grants

Homeland Security funds are granted to local and state governments to help develop and maintain response and recovery capabilities from terrorist attacks and other disasters. North Carolina Emergency Management coordinates the state's Homeland Security Program including grant management and planning with local, state, federal and private sector partners. Funding decisions are directed by the NCDPS Secretary who also serves as the State Administrative Agent. 

Primary Grant Programs

The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) is the primary funding mechanism for building and sustaining national preparedness capabilities through two distinct funding streams: 
State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) helps to build and sustain local and state capabilities through planning, equipment, training, and exercises that support state homeland security strategies. Program funding is provided to all states and territories based on a combination of formula, risk and demonstrated 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 as determined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Related Grant Programs

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) help to fund 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 Federal Emergency Management Agency administers the grants in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. 

UASI Non-Profit Security Grant Program (NSGP) helps to strengthen the nation's overall level of preparedness by providing funds to improve security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a potential terrorist attack and are located within one of the specific UASI-eligible areas.

Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) provides grants to port areas to protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism. These 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) 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.

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program provides resources to help state and local governments 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.