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Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)

Grants to USA State Administrative Agencies for Terrorism
and Catastrophe Preparedness and Prevention

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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05/29/19 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA and territories state administrative agencies to enable local, state, territorial, and tribal governments to prepare for and prevent acts of terrorism and other catastrophes. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

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.

HSGP is composed of three grant programs:

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.

DHS/FEMA continually assesses changes to the threat landscape to further the National Preparedness Goal (the Goal) of a secure and resilient nation. This analysis provides a perspective on critical preparedness trends for whole community partners to use to inform program priorities, allocate resources, and communicate with stakeholders about issues of shared concern. DHS/FEMA have identified the following as national priority areas:

- Emerging Threats, including Cybersecurity
- Lifelines (more information found in this fact sheet and toolkit)
- Safety and Security
- Food, Water, Sheltering
- Health and Medical
- Energy
- Communications
- Transportation
- Hazardous Material

For a list of allowable program activities, costs, and equipment, see the NOFO:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155470

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

FY 2019 Allocation:

- State Homeland Security Program $415,000,000
- Urban Area Security Initiative $590,000,000
- Operation Stonegarden $90,000,000

For a list of allocations by state and urban area, see the NOFO document, pages 4-5 and pages 7-9.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 36 months

Extensions to the Period of Performance (PoP) are allowed. For additional information on PoPextensions, refer to the Preparedness Grants Manual.

Projected Period of Performance Start Date: September 1, 2019
Projected Period of Performance End Date: August 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

For other eligibility criteria, see the NOFO:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Submission Deadline: May 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET All applications must be received by the established deadline.

Anticipated Funding Selection Date: August 2, 2019
Anticipated Award Date: No later than September 30, 2019

Suggested deadlines for completion:

- Obtain DUNS Number May 1, 2019
- Obtain a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN) May 1, 2019
- Update SAM registration May 1, 2019
- Submit the initial application in May 22, 2019
- Submit the final application in ND Grants May 29, 2019, No later than 5:00 p.m. ET

If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM. It may take four weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information. Information on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM is available from at:

Applicants can register early with ND Grants and are encouraged to begin their ND Grants registration at the time of this announcement but no later than seven days before the application deadline. Early registration will allow applicants to have adequate time to start and complete their application.


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