WASHINGTON — Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N.
Mayorkas announced the final allocations for $475 million for seven Fiscal Year
2021 competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, together
with the almost $1.5 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced earlier
this year, total nearly $2 billion in FY 2021 to help prepare our Nation
against man-made threats and natural disasters.
The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and
territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector in building
and sustaining capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and
recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters. The total amount for
each grant program is set by Congress and the allocations are made by the
Secretary Mayorkas issued the following statement about this
year’s grant awards:
“Through these grant programs, we demonstrate our steadfast
commitment to addressing the most significant and persistent terrorism-related
threats to the homeland today,” said Secretary Mayorkas.
“Many of the communities and nonprofit organizations receiving these grants
have been historically underserved. The funding allocated for each of the
grant programs will allow these communities and organizations to build,
sustain, and improve their preparedness and response capabilities. I look
forward to working with our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to
achieve these shared goals.”
For the competitive grant program allocations that are being
announced today, DHS identified four critical priority areas for attention:
cybersecurity, soft targets and crowded places, domestic violent extremism, and
emerging threats. Applicants under the grant programs were provided percentage
increases in their competitive scores for aligning their projects around these
All capabilities and programs being built or sustained using
homeland security grant funding must have a clear linkage to the core
capabilities articulated in the National
Program Allocations for Fiscal Year 2021
The following grants are competitive, with awards announced today:
Operation Stonegarden: provides $90
million to enhance cooperation and coordination among state, local,
tribal, territorial, and federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance
security along the United States land and water borders.
Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program: provides $15
million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness
initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with
potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.
Nonprofit Security Grant Program: provides $180
million to support target hardening and other physical security
enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist
attack. This year, $90 million is provided to nonprofits in Urban Area
Security Initiative-designated areas, and $90 million is provided to nonprofits
outside those designated urban areas located in any state or territory.
Port Security Grant Program: provides $100
million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism,
enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk
management, and maintain or re-establish maritime security mitigation protocols
that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.
Transit Security Grant Program: provides $88
million to owners and operators of public transit systems to protect
critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism
and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.
Intercity Bus Security Grant Program: provides $2
million to owners and operators of intercity bus systems to protect
surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of
terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.
The following non-competitive grants were awarded Feb. 25 to
recipients based on a number of factors:
State Homeland Security Program: provides $415
million to support the implementation of risk-driven,
capabilities-based state homeland security strategies to address capability
targets. Awards are based on statutory minimums and relative risk as
determined by DHS/FEMA’s risk methodology.
Urban Area Security Initiative: provides $615
million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 31
high-threat, high-density areas. Awards are based on relative risk as
determined by risk methodology.
Emergency Management Performance Grant: including
the funding provided under the American Rescue Plan Act, provides more than $455
million to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in
enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities.
Relative population is considered.
Intercity Passenger Rail: provides $10 million to
Amtrak to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the
traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the
Amtrak rail system. Award made per congressional direction.
Further information on
preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.gov and http://www.fema.gov/grants.