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State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


    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 state Homeland Security Strategies to address the identified planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events. SHSP also provides funding to implement initiatives in the State Preparedness Report. 

    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 FY15 allocation to the State Homeland Security Program was $402,000,000.

    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:
    - 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 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 2016. If modifications to the existing agreement are necessary, the SAA should contact their assigned Headquarters Program Analyst.


    FEMA Call Center

    FEMA Call Center
    500 C Street SW
    Washington', DC 20472
    (866) 927-5646

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are State Governments (State Administrative Agencies). All 56 States and territories are eligible to apply for SHSP funds.

    Deadline Details

    The deadline to submit Completed Applications is April 25, 2016. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $402,000,000 is anticipated to be available in total funding for FY16 under SHSP. FY 2016 SHSP funds will be allocated based on two factors: minimum amounts as legislatively mandated and DHS/FEMA™s risk methodology. 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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