State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) (Virginia)

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    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)


    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 Virginia, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) 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

    In 2023 thirty-eight projects were awarded a total of $3.2 million, from competitive SHSP funds and twenty-nine projects were awarded a total of $2.5 million in non-competitive grants.

    Recipients can be seen here:

    In 2022 forty-seven projects were awarded a total of $3.2 million, from competitive SHSP funds and thirty-six projects were awarded a total of $2.5 million in non-competitive grants.

    Recipients can be seen here:

    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 


    VDEM's Grant Office

    VDEM's Grant Office
    10501 Trade Court
    North Chesterfield, VA 23236
    (804) 897-6500

  • Eligibility Details

    VDEM is the only eligible entity eligible to apply to FEMA for SHSP funds. Eligible applicants (sub-recipients) are local units of government within the Commonwealth (county, city, agency of a local government.

    Deadline Details

    Virginia Department of Emergency Management is to submit an application to FEMA by June 24, 2024. Local applications were to be submitted to VDEM by July 19, 2024. A similar timeline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    The FY24 allocation to the state of Virginia is $7,322,627. 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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