Grant Details

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    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 purpose of the FY 2015 HSGP is to support state and local 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. The FY 2015 HSGP provides funding to implement investments that build, sustain, and deliver the 31 core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (the Goal) 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 2015 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 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.

    The SHSP assists state, Tribal and local preparedness activities that address high-priority preparedness gaps across all core capabilities where a nexus to terrorism exists. All supported investments are based on capability targets and gaps identified during the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, and assessed in the State Preparedness Report (SPR).

    Program Priorities:

    The National Preparedness System is the instrument the Nation employs to build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities in order to achieve the National Preparedness Goal (the Goal) of a secure and resilient Nation. Complex and far-reaching threats and hazards require a collaborative and whole community approach to national preparedness that engages individuals, families, communities, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of government. The guidance, programs, processes, and systems that support each component of the National Preparedness System allows for the integration of preparedness efforts that build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities and achieve the desired outcomes identified in the Goal. The purpose of the HSGP is to prevent terrorism and to prepare the Nation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States; therefore, HSGP funded investments must have a terrorism-nexus.

    To evaluate National progress in building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities outlined in the Goal, FEMA annually publishes the National Preparedness Report (NPR). Looking across all 31 core capabilities outlined in the Goal, the NPR provides a National 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.

    Grantees are expected to consider National areas for improvement identified in the 2013 National Preparedness Report, which include cybersecurity, recovery-focused core capabilities, the integration of individuals with access and functional needs, enhancing the resilience of infrastructure systems, and maturing the role of public-private partnerships. Addressing these areas for improvement will enhance preparedness Nation-wide.

    In addition, the Department of Homeland Security expects grantees to prioritize grant funding to address gaps identified through the annual SPR in achieving capability targets set through the annual THIRA. These assessments identify the jurisdictions’ capability targets and current ability to meet those targets. Grantees should prioritize grant funds to increase capability for high-priority core capabilities with low capability levels.



    History of Funding

    The FY14 allocation to the State Homeland Security Program was 


    Additional Information

    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:

    1. There must be some action to establish a firm commitment on the part of the awarding entity
    2. The action must be unconditional on the part of the awarding entity (i.e., no contingencies for availability of SAA funds)
    3. There must be documentary evidence of the commitment
    4. 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 the SHSP, SAA may retain more than 20 percent (20%) of SHSP funding for expenditure 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. If a written consent agreement is already in place from previous fiscal years, DHS/ FEMA will continue to recognize it for FY 2015. If modifications to the existing agreement are necessary, the SAA should contact their assigned Headquarters Program Analyst.


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  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are State Governments (State Administrative Agencies). 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.

    Deadline Details

    The deadline to submit Initial Applications was May 9, 2015.

    The deadline to submit Completed Applications was May 19, 2015.

    Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $402,000,000 is anticipated to be available in total funding for FY15 under SHSP. FY 2015 SHSP funds will be allocated based on three factors: minimum amounts as legislatively mandated, DHS/FEMA’s risk methodology, and anticipated effectiveness of proposed projects. Anticipated effectiveness is assessed based on the applicant’s descrip tion of how proposed projects, as outlined in the investment Justification’s (IJ’s), align with state THIRA and SPR results.

    Awards will last for 36 months. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

    State allocations may be found in Appendix A of the official program guidance listed in the contact section of this posting.


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