State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) (Illinois)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)


    The State Homeland Security Program (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).

    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.

    In developing applications for SHSP, recipients are encouraged to consider 2024 priority areas:

    1. Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places
    2. Enhancing information and intelligence sharing and analysis
    3. Combating domestic violent extremism
    4. Enhancing cybersecurity
    5. Enhancing community preparedness and resilience
    6. Enhancing election security

    In Illinois, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is responsible for coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants. Funds through SHSP are used to aid in the training of emergency first responders, the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for combating and preventing terrorist acts and for planning, and exercise. Funds are also used for management, administration and the development of citizen corps projects at the local level.


    History of Funding

    The FY21 allocation to the state of Illinois was $14,427,260. A list of past SHSP awards from IEMA is available here:

    The FY22 allocation to the state of Illinois was $13,894,910. 

    The FY23 allocation to the state of Illinois was $13,894,910.

    Additional Information

    Eligible expenses include: 

    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Information Technology
    • Cyber Security
    • Interoperable Communications
    • Physical Security
    • Terrorism Prevention
    • Power Equipment
    • Medical Supplies and Pharmaceuticals
    • CBRNE Search and Rescue Equipment, Response Watercraft and Aviation,
    • CBRNE Logistical Support, Reference Materials, and Detection
    • Explosive Device Mitigation & Remediation
    • Agricultural Terrorism PR & M
    • Inspection and Screening systems
    • Intervention Equipment 


    Bob Evans

    Bob Evans
    2200 South Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL 62703
    (217) 557-4788

    IEMA Grant Program Staff

    IEMA Grant Program Staff
    2200 South Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL 62703
    (217) 782-2700

  • Eligibility Details

    IEMA is the only eligible entity eligible to apply to FEMA for SHSP funds. Funds are then awarded to state agencies and local law enforcement jurisdictions in Illinois.

    Deadline Details

    IEMA is to submit an application to FEMA by June 24, 2024. Local applications were to be submitted by November 1, 2023. A similar timeline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    The FY24 allocation to the state of Illinois is $12,505,419. Grants are awarded directly to the State. Funds are then allocated to local governmental units. At least 80% of the funds awarded under SHSP must be obligated to local government units within 45 days of the acceptance of the grant award. Awards will last for 36 months.

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