State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
B - Could fund technology as a primary component of the budget, if the agency receiving the grant chooses to use it for that purpose.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The FY 2013 HSGP plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System (NPS) by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (NPG) of a secure and resilient Nation. The building, sustainment, and delivery of these core capabilities are not exclusive to any single level of government, organization, or community, but rather, require the combined effort of the whole community. The FY 2013 HSGP supports core capabilities across the five mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery based on allowable costs. HSGP is comprised of three interconnected grant programs:
- State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
- Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)
- Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)
Together, these grant programs fund a range of preparedness activities, including planning, organization, equipment purchase, training, exercises, and management and administration.
HSGP funding priorities in FY13 include:
- Implementation of PPD-8 and the Whole Community Approach to Security and Emergency Management
- Building and sustaining law enforcement terrorism prevention capabilities
- Maturation and Enhancement of State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers
- Innovation and Sustained Support for the National Campaign for Preparedness
The SHSP is a core assistance program that provides funds to build capabilities at the State, local, tribal, and territorial levels, to enhance our national resilience to absorb disruptions and rapidly recover from incidents both natural and manmade as well as to implement the goals and objectives included in State homeland security strategies and initiatives in their State Preparedness Report (SPR).
SHSP supports the implementation of risk driven, capabilities-based State Homeland Security Strategies to address capability targets set in Urban Area, State, and regional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (THIRAs). The capability levels are assessed in the State Preparedness Report (SPR) and inform planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
Activities implemented under SHSP must support terrorism preparedness by building or enhancing capabilities that relate to the prevention of, protection from, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from terrorism in order to be considered eligible. However, many capabilities which support terrorism preparedness simultaneously support preparedness for other hazards. Grantees must demonstrate this dual-use quality for any activities implemented under this program that are not explicitly focused on terrorism 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.
History of Funding
The FY11 allocation to the State Homeland Security Program was $526,874,100.
Awards made to the SAA for HSGP carry additional pass-through requirements. Pass-through is defined as an obligation on the part of the States to make funds available to local units of government, combinations of local units, or other specific groups or organizations. The State’s pass-through requirement must be met within 45 days of the award date for the HSGP. 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 awarding entity
- 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 of the commitment
- The award terms must be communicated to the official grantee
The SAA must obligate at least 80 percent (80%) of the funds awarded under SHSP and UASI to local units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds. For Puerto Rico, the SAA must also obligate at least 80 percent (80%) of the funds to local units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds. No pass-through requirements will be applied to the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Any UASI funds retained by the SAA must be used to directly support the designated Urban Areas in the State. Under SHSP, the State may retain more than 20 percent (20%) of SHSP funding for expenditure made by the State on behalf of the local unit of government. This may occur only with the written consent of the local unit of government, with the written consent specifying the amount of funds to be retained and the intended use of funds. If a written consent agreement is already in place from previous fiscal years, FEMA will continue to recognize it for FY 2013. If any modifications to the existing agreement are necessary to reflect new initiatives, States should contact their assigned FEMA Program Analyst.
All 56 States and territories are eligible to apply for SHSP funds. For those States and territories that are eligible for UASI and/or OPSG funds, the SAA is the only entity eligible to submit applications to FEMA on behalf of UASI and OPSG applicants.
The deadline to submit an application was June 24, 2013 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.
FEMA has allocated a total of $354,644,123 in 2013 for the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
The allocation methodology for FY 2013 SHSP is based on three factors: minimum amounts as legislatively mandated, DHS’ risk methodology, and anticipated effectiveness. The anticipated effectiveness is assessed based on the applicant’s description of how the proposed projects, as outlined in the IJ, align with the State THIRA and follow-on capability estimation. Each State and territory will receive a minimum allocation under SHSP using the thresholds established in the 9/11 Act and codified at 6 U.S.C. § 605. All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and 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 by the 9/11 Act, for SHSP. 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 theHomeland Security Act of 2002, as amended by the 9/11 Act, for SHSP.
Cost sharing is not a requirement of the 2013 Homeland Security Grant Programs (HSGP).
State allocations may be found in Appendix A (Page 23) in the document found at: http://www.fema.gov/pdf/government/grant/2012/fy12_hsgp_foa.pdf.
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