The Homeland Security Grant Program is comprised of the following interconnected grant programs:
The Department of Homeland Security announced a new grant to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities by supporting flexible, sustainable, secure, and interoperable EOCs with a focus on addressing identified deficiencies and needs. The EOC grant program allows for up to $1,000,000 for construction projects and $250,000 for renovation projects for EOCs. The grant is 75% Federal and 25% local cost share cash or in-kind match requirement. Eligibility requirements for this grant remain as the requirements for the FY 2008 DHS grants administered by this agency. The grants period of performance is 36 months, the State Administrative Agency (SAA) is the only eligible entity able to apply for the available funding on behalf of qualified State, local, and tribal EOCs. There is a total of $14,572,000 available for EOC construction and renovation for all 50 states and 9 territories. Management and administrative costs are allowable under the FY 2008 EOC Grant Program. A maximum of up to one percent of FY 2008 EOC Grant program funds awarded may be retained by the state for management and administrative purposes associated with the award. Subgrantees may also use a maximum of up to one percent of the FY 2008 EOC Grant program funds for management and administrative purposes associated with the award. This grant has not been funded by DHS yet. Application deadline was July 28, 2008. Texas turned in 65 applications; DHS is reviewing all applications.
IECGP began in 2008 with a planned allocation to Texas of $3,508,771. Actual approval and allocation has not yet taken place. The current plan is that 80% will be used for Regional Interoperable Communications Plans development or update and for Regional Interoperable Communications Standard Operating Procedures. The state portion of the funding will be used for M&A and exercises.
LETPP focuses upon the prevention of terrorist attacks and provides law enforcement and public safety communities with funds to support the following activities: intelligence gathering and information sharing through enhancing/establishing fusion centers; hardening high value targets; planning strategically; continuing to build interoperable communications; and collaborating with non-law enforcement partners, other government agencies and the private sector.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) focuses on enhancing law enforcement preparedness and operational readiness along the land borders of the United States. This funding supports land border jurisdictions in achieving a greater capability to prevent, protect against, and respond to border security issues, encouraging local operational objectives and capabilities to enhance federal and State Homeland Security Strategies and enhance requirements for border security and protection.
PSIC is a one-time, two-year grant focusing on interoperable communications equipment. The State of Texas was allocated $65,069,247 which was allocated to state agencies, councils of government and local agencies to support their efforts to reach interoperability by 2015 in accordance with the State Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP).
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) is an important component of the Administration’s larger, coordinated effort to enhance emergency planning and strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness. RCPGP provides funding to advance catastrophic incident preparedness to Houston Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) and other Tier I and designated Tier II Urban Areas. The goal of RCPGP is to support an integrated planning system that enables regional all-hazard planning for catastrophic events and the development of necessary plans, protocols, and procedures to manage a catastrophic event.
SHSP supports the implementation of State Homeland Security Strategies to address the identified planning, equipment, training, and exercise needs for acts of terrorism. In addition, SHSP supports the implementation of the National Preparedness Goal, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the National Response Plan (NRP).
Transit Security Program Grant provides grants to the Nations 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. TSGP is one office grant programs that constitute the department of Homeland security fiscal year 2008 focus on infrastructure protection activities. TSGP is one tool among a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the administration to help strengthen the nations critical infrastructure, The program provides funds to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism, major disasters, and other emergencies. The TSGP is an important part of the Administration’s larger, coordinated effort to strengthen homeland security preparedness, including the security of America’s critical infrastructure. The TSGP implements objectives addressed in a series of post 9/11 laws, strategy documents, plans, executive orders and homeland security presidential directives.
UASI funds address the unique planning, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high threat, high density Urban Areas, and assist them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.