Homeland Security Grant Program
Within this broader construct, the objective of the FY 2019 HSGP is to provide funds to eligible entities to support state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to prevent terrorism and other catastrophic events and to prepare the Nation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States. State Homeland Security Program (SHSP): The SHSP supports state, local, tribal, and territorial preparedness activities that address high priority preparedness gaps across all core capabilities that support terrorism preparedness. Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI): The UASI Program assists high-threat, high-density Urban Areas in efforts to build, sustain, and deliver the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. Operation Stonegarden (OPSG): OPSG supports enhanced cooperation and coordination among Customs and Border Protection (CBP), United States Border Patrol (USBP), and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies. OPSG provides funding to support joint efforts to secure the United States? borders along routes of ingress from international borders to include travel corridors in states bordering Mexico and Canada as well as states and territories with international water borders.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
In Fiscal year 2016, DHS provides $1,037,000,000 to enhance the ability of states and territories to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from potential terrorist acts and other hazards. In Fiscal year 2016, DHS provides $1,037,000,000 to enhance the ability of states and territories to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from potential terrorist acts and other hazards.Fiscal Year 2017
It is expected that funds will be awarded to enhance the ability of states and territories to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from potential terrorist acts and other hazards.Fiscal Year 2019
It is expected that funds will be appropriated and allocated to this program.
Homeland Security Act of 2002 , Public Law 107-296
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub. L. No. 116-6)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The State Administrative Agency (SAA) is the only entity eligible to submit HSGP applications to DHS/FEMA, including those applications submitted on behalf of UASI and OPSG applicants. All 56 states and territories, including any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, are eligible to apply for SHSP funds. Tribal governments may not apply directly for HSGP funding; however, funding may be available to tribes under the SHSP and OPSG through the SAA. Eligible high-risk urban areas for the FY 2019 UASI program have been determined through an analysis of relative risk of terrorism faced by the 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the United States. Subawards will be made by the SAAs to the designated high-risk urban areas. Eligible subrecipients under FY 2019 OPSG are local units of government at the county level or equivalent level of government and federally-recognized tribal governments in states bordering Canada or Mexico and states and territories with international water borders. All applicants must have active ongoing USBP operations coordinated through a CBP sector office to be eligible for OPSG funding. Under FY 2019 OPSG, subrecipients eligible to apply for and receive a subaward directly from the SAAs are divided into three Tiers. Tier 1 entities are local units of government at the county level or equivalent and federally recognized tribal governments that are on a physical border in states bordering Canada, states bordering Mexico, and states and territories with international water borders. Tier 2 eligible subrecipients are those not located on the physical border or international water but are contiguous to a Tier 1 county. Tier 3 eligible subrecipients are those not located on the physical border or international water but are contiguous to a Tier 2 eligible subrecipient. Tier 2 and Tier 3 eligible subrecipients may be eligible to receive funding based on border security risk as determined by the USBP.
U.S. Territories, State, Local U.S. Territories, State, Local THSGP: To be eligible to receive THSGP funding, recipients must be directly eligible Tribes. Directly eligible Tribes are Federally recognized Tribes that meet the criteria set forth in Section 2001 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. SS 601). Federally recognized Tribes are those Tribes appearing on the list published by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994 (Pub. L. No. 103-454) (25 U.S.C. SS 5131). Per 6 U.S.C. SS 601(4), a "directly eligible Tribe" is any Federally recognized Indian Tribe that meets the following criteria: (A) Any Indian Tribe- (i) that is located in the continental United States; (ii) that operates a law enforcement or emergency response agency with the capacity to respond to calls for law enforcement or emergency services; (iii) (I) that is located on or near (50 miles) an international border or a coastline bordering an ocean (including the Gulf of Mexico) or international waters; (II) that is located within 10 miles of a system or asset included on the prioritized critical infrastructure list established under section [2214(a)(2) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. SS 124l(a)(2)] or has such a system or asset within its territory; (III) that is located within or contiguous to one of the 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas in the United States; or (iv) the jurisdiction of which includes not less than 1,000 square miles of Indian country, as that term is defined in section 1151 of title 18, United States Code; and (iv) that certifies to the Secretary [of Homeland Security] that a State has not provided funds under [section 2003 (UASI) or 2004 (SHSP) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. SS 604 or 605, respectively)] to the Indian Tribe or consortium of Indian Tribes for the purpose for which direct funding is sought; and (B) A consortium of Indian Tribes, if each Tribe satisfies the requirements of subparagraph (A). In summary, directly eligible Tribes must meet each of the requirements set forth in (A)(i), (A)(ii), and (A)(iv). Tribes must also meet at least one of the requirements set forth in (A)(iii), that is either (A)(iii)(I), (A)(iii)(II), (A)(iii)(III), or (A)(iii)(IV). Finally, under subparagraph (B), a consortium may also be eligible to be a recipient if each Indian Tribe in the consortium meets the criteria for a directly eligible Tribe under subparagraph (A). In FY 2019, applicants must self-certify as to whether they meet the eligibility requirements. Self-certification will be provided on the THSGP Eligibility Certification Form as part of the application Investment Justification (IJ). Additionally, DHS/FEMA will verify grant recipient eligibility against these criteria. Any questions regarding an applicant's proximity to a Critical Infrastructure (CI) site, as described in the eligibility criteria, may be directed to the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for the State with which the Tribe shares a border. The State Administrative Agency Contacts List can be found at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/28689?id=6363
As part of the FY 2019 HSGP application process for SHSP and UASI funds, applicants must develop formal investment justifications (IJs) that address the proposed investments. Each IJ must demonstrate how proposed investments: o Support terrorism preparedness; o Support closing capability gaps or sustaining capabilities identified in the 2018 THIRA/SPR process and national priorities as outlined in the National Preparedness Report; and o Engage and/or impact the whole community, including children, older adults, pregnant women, and individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and ensure the protection of civil rights in the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities. Each IJ must explain how the proposed investments will support the applicant's efforts to: o Prevent a threatened or an actual act of terrorism; o Prepare for all hazards and threats, while explaining the nexus to terrorism preparedness; o Protect citizens, residents, visitors, and assets against the greatest threats and hazards, relating to acts of terrorism; and/or o Respond quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of an act of terrorism or other catastrophic incidents. o o Applicants must propose at least one, and may include up to 10 investments. Within each investment in their IJ, applicants must propose at least one project to describe the activities they plan to implement with HSGP funds. There is no limit to the number of projects that may be submitted. Any projects funded with HSGP funds that are not included in the application must subsequently be included in the first Biannual Strategy Implementation Report (BSIR). Of the proposed HSGP-funded investments, one (1) single investment must be in support of a designated fusion center. Recipients must coordinate with the fusion center when developing a fusion center investment prior to submission. Of the proposed HSGP-funded investments, at least one (1) investment must be in support of the state or territory's cybersecurity efforts. Recipients must limit the use of HSGP funds for projects that support the security and functioning of critical infrastructure and core capabilities as they relate to terrorism preparedness and may simultaneously support enhanced preparedness for other hazards unrelated to acts of terrorism. All emergency communications investments must describe how such activities align with their Statewide Communication Interoperable Plan (SCIP). Recipients must coordinate with their Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and/or Statewide Interoperability Governance Body (SIGB) when developing an emergency communications investment prior to submission to ensure the project supports the statewide strategy to improve emergency communications and is compatible and interoperable with surrounding systems. Projects should describe how the proposed investment supports closing capability gaps or sustaining capabilities identified in the THIRA/SPR process. As part of the FY 2019 OPSG application process, each eligible local unit of government at the county or Federally-recognized tribal government level must develop a strategic plan called a Concept of Operations (CONOP)/Application, which is a formal proposal of action to address a specific situation and forms the basis for Operations Orders, in coordination with state and Federal law enforcement agencies, to include, but not limited to CBP/USBP. CONOPs that are developed at the county level should be inclusive of city, county, tribal, and other local law enforcement agencies that are eligible to participate in OPSG operational activities, and the CONOP/Application should describe participating agencies in the Executive Summary. CONOP/Application details should include the names of the agencies, points of contact, and individual funding requests. All CONOPs/Applications must be developed in collaboration with the local USBP sector office, the SAA and the local unit of government. Requests for funding in CONOPs/Applications must be based on risks and the operational enforcement support requirements of its corresponding USBP Sector. Sector offices will forward the CONOPs to USBP Headquarters for vetting and coordination. Applicants will forward corresponding OPSG Applications to the SAA for submission to FEMA. USBP Headquarters will reconcile all submitted CONOPs with the OPSG Applications.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. All applications must be received by the established deadline. The Non-Disaster (ND) Grants System has a date stamp that indicates when an application is submitted. Applicants will receive an electronic message confirming receipt of the full application. In general, DHS/FEMA will not review applications that are not received by the deadline or consider them for funding. DHS/FEMA may, however, extend the application deadline on request for any applicant who can demonstrate that good cause exists to justify extending the deadline. Good cause for an extension may include technical problems outside of the applicant's control that prevent submission of the application by the deadline, or other exigent or emergency circumstances. If you experience technical issues, you must notify the respective Headquarters Program Analyst as soon as possible. Application forms and instructions are available at Grants.gov. Application forms and instructions are available on Grants.gov (hard copies of the NOFO and associated application materials are not available). To access the application package, select "Applicants" then "Apply for Grants" followed by "Get Application Package." Enter the Funding Opportunity Number located on the first page of this NOFO. Select "Apply" and then "Create Workspace." Follow the prompts to download the instructions and begin the application.
SHSP Allocations FY 2019 SHSP funds will be allocated based on two factors: minimum amounts as legislatively mandated, and DHS/FEMA's risk methodology. THIRA/SPR results do not impact grant allocation or award. Each state and territory will receive a minimum allocation under the SHSP using thresholds established in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended. All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will receive 0.35 percent of the total funds allocated for grants under Section 2003 and Section 2004 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended. Each of the four territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) will receive a minimum allocation of 0.08 percent of the total funds allocated for grants under Section 2003 and 2004 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended. UASI Allocations FY 2019 UASI funds will be allocated based on DHS/FEMA's risk methodology. THIRA/SPR results do not impact grant allocation or award. Eligible candidates for the FY 2019 UASI program have been determined through an analysis of relative risk of terrorism faced by the 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the United States, in accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended. Detailed information on MSAs is publicly available from the United States Census Bureau at https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/metro-micro.html.. OPSG Allocations The FY 2019 OPSG Risk Assessment is designed to identify the risk to border security and to assist with the distribution of funds for the grant program. Funding under OPSG is distributed based on the risk to the security of the border. Entities eligible for funding are the state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies that are located along the border of the United States. The THIRA/SPR process is not required for OPSG. For the purposes of OPSG, the risk is defined as the potential for an adverse outcome assessed as a function of threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences associated with an incident, event, or occurrence. Based upon ongoing intelligence analysis and extensive security reviews, DHS/CBP continues to focus the bulk of OPSG funds based upon risk analyses. The risk model used to allocate OPSG funds considers the potential risk that certain threats pose to border security and estimate the relative risk faced by a given area. In evaluating risk, DHS/CBP considers intelligence, situational awareness, criminal trends, and statistical data specific to each of the border sectors, and the potential impacts that these threats pose to the security of the border area. For vulnerability and consequence, DHS/CBP considers the expected impact and consequences of successful border events occurring in specific areas. Threat and vulnerability are evaluated based on specific operational data from DHS/CBP. Threat components present in each of the sectors are used to determine the overall threat score. These components are terrorism, criminal aliens, drug trafficking organizations, and alien smuggling organizations.
April 12, 2019 to May 29, 2019 Application Start Date: 04/12/2019 Application Submission Deadline Date: 05/29/2019 at 5:00 PM EDT Anticipated Funding Selection Date: 08/01/2019 Anticipated Award Date: 09/30/2019
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Announcement Notice of Funding Opportunity. Anticipated Funding Selection Date is 09/01/2019. FY 2019 SHSP and UASI are non-competitive programs. Funds for FY 2019 OPSG will be allocated competitively. The following process will be used to make awards under FY 2019 THSGP: o Applicants will self-certify as to tribal eligibility per the 9/11 Act; o FEMA will verify compliance with all administrative and eligibility criteria identified in the application kit, to include the required submission of an IJ by the established due dates; o Eligible applications will be reviewed and scored through a peer review process to analyze the anticipated effectiveness of proposed Investments; and o FEMA will use the results of the peer review effectiveness scores to make recommendations for funding to the Secretary of Homeland Security.
How are proposals selected?
FEMA will evaluate the FY 2019 HSGP applications for completeness, adherence to programmatic guidelines, and anticipated effectiveness of the proposed investments. FEMA's review will include verification that each IJ or project: o Aligns with at least one core capability identified in the Goal; o Demonstrates how investments support closing capability gaps or sustaining capabilities identified in the THIRA/SPR process; and o Supports a NIMS-typed resource and whether those assets are deployable/shareable to support emergency or disaster operations per existing EMAC agreements. In addition to the above, FEMA will evaluate whether proposed projects are: 1) both feasible and effective at reducing the risks for which the project was designed; and 2) able to be fully completed within the three-year PoP. FEMA will use the information provided in the application and after the submission of the first BSIR to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of a grant project. To that end, IJs should include: o An explanation of how the proposed project will achieve objectives as identified in the SPR, including expected long-term impact where applicable, and which core capability gap(s) it helps to close and how; o A summary of the status of planning and design efforts accomplished to date (e.g., included in a capital improvement plan); and o A project schedule with clear milestones. Recipients are expected to conform, as applicable, with accepted engineering practices, established codes, standards, modeling techniques, and best practices, and participate in the development of case studies demonstrating the effective use of grant funds, as requested.
How may assistance be used?
Civil Defense/Disaster Prevention and Relief/Emergency Preparedness
Civil Defense/Disaster Prevention and Relief/Emergency Preparedness DHS grant funds may only be used for the purpose set forth in the grant, and must be consistent with the statutory authority for the award. Grant funds may not be used for matching funds for other Federal grants/cooperative agreements, lobbying, or intervention in Federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. In addition, Federal funds may not be used to sue the Federal government or any other government entity. Pre-award costs are allowable only with the written consent of DHS and if they are included in the award agreement. For additional information on allowable activities, please refer to http://www.fema.gov/grants. Federal employees are prohibited from serving in any capacity (paid or unpaid) on any proposal submitted under this program. Federal employees may not receive funds under this award. There may be limitations on the use of HSGP and THSGP funds for the following categories of costs: • Management and Administration • Planning • Organization • Equipment • Training • Exercises • Maintenance and Sustainment • Critical Emergency Supplies • Construction and Renovation. For additional details on restrictions on the use of funds, please refer to the FY 2018 HSGP and THSGP Notices of Funding Opportunity. Funds Transfer Restriction: The recipient is prohibited from transferring funds between programs (includes SHSP, UASI, and OPSG). Recipients are allowed to submit an investment/project where funds come from multiple funding sources (i.e., SHSP/UASI); however, recipients are not allowed to divert funding from one program to another due to the risk-based funding allocations, which were made at the discretion of DHS/FEMA. Awards made to the SAA for HSGP carry additional pass-through requirements. Pass through is defined as an obligation on the part of the SAA to make funds available to local units of government, combinations of local units, tribal governments, or other specific groups or organizations. The SAA’s pass through requirement must be met within 45 days of the award date. Four requirements must be met to pass through grant funds: • There must be some action to establish a firm commitment on the part of the SAA; • The action must be unconditional on the part of the awarding entity (i.e., no contingencies for availability of SAA funds); • There must be documentary evidence (i.e., award document, terms and conditions) of the commitment; and • The award terms must be communicated to the official recipient. The SAA must obligate at least 80 percent (80%) of the funds awarded under SHSP and UASI to local or Tribal units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds. The recipient must pass through 100 percent of OPSG allocations to eligible jurisdictions. “Receipt of the funds” occurs either when the SAA accepts the award or 15 calendar days after the SAA receives notice of the award, whichever is earlier.
The signatory authority of the SAA must certify in writing to DHS/FEMA that pass-through requirements have been met. A letter of intent (or equivalent) to distribute funds is not considered sufficient. The pass-through requirement does not apply to SHSP awards made to the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is required to comply with the pass-through requirement, and its SAA must also obligate at least 80 percent of the funds to local units of government within 45 calendar days of receipt of the funds.
Under SHSP, the SAA may retain more than 20 percent of funding for expenditures made by the state on behalf of the local unit(s) of government. This may occur only with the written consent of the local unit of government, specifying the amount of funds to be retained and the intended use of funds. States shall review their written consent agreements yearly and ensure that they are still valid. If a written consent agreement is already in place from previous fiscal years, DHS/FEMA will continue to recognize it for FY 2019, unless the written consent review indicates the local government is no longer in agreement. If modifications to the existing agreement are necessary, the SAA should contact their assigned FEMA HQ Program Analyst.
The recipient is prohibited from obligating or expending funds provided through this award until each unique and specific county-level or equivalent Operational Order/Fragmentary Operations Order budget has been reviewed and approved through an official electronic mail notice issued by DHS/FEMA removing this special programmatic condition. Risk Methodology Based upon the requirements of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended, DHS/FEMA continues to use risk to determine final HSGP allocations. DHS/FEMA defines risk as: “potential for an unwanted outcome resulting from an incident, event, or occurrence, as determined by its likelihood and the associated consequences” (see http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/dhs-risk-lexicon-2010.pdf).The risk methodology determines the relative risk of terrorism faced by a given area considering the potential risk of terrorism to people, critical infrastructure, and economic security. The analysis includes threats from violent domestic extremists, international terrorist groups, and individuals inspired by terrorists abroad.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The Period of Performance is 36 months. For more information, refer to the FY 2019 HSGP and THSGP Funding Opportunity Announcement Notice of Funding Opportunity. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. The period of performance outlined above support the effort to expedite the outlay of grant funding and provide economic stimulus. Agencies should request waivers sparingly, and they will be granted only due to compelling legal, policy, or operational challenges. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Based on project need. Based on project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Additional information (Please include additional information, if applicable) FEMA Regions may also provide fiscal support, including pre- and post-award administration and technical assistance, to the grant programs included in this solicitation.
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
400 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20523 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$1,067,000,000.00; FY 19 est $1,095,000,000.00; FY 20 est $1,095,000,000.00; FY 17$1,037,000,000.00; FY 16$1,037,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For more information, refer to the FY 2019 HSGP and THSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
FY 2019 HSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Examples of Funded Projects