FY 2013 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)

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Program Overview

The FY 2013 HSGP plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System (NPS) by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (NPG) 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 2013 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 interconnected 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.

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State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)

Total Funding Available in FY 2013: $354,644,123

Purpose: 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.    

Eligible Applicants: The State Administrative Agency (SAA) was the only entity eligible to apply to FEMA for SHSP funds.  Recipients included all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Program Awards: The allocation methodology for FY 2013 SHSP was based on three factors: minimum amounts as legislatively mandated, DHS’ risk methodology, and anticipated effectiveness.  The anticipated effectiveness was assessed based on the applicant’s description of how the proposed projects, as outlined in the Investment Justification (IJ), aligned with the State THIRA and follow-on capability estimation.  Each State and territory received a minimum allocation under SHSP using the thresholds established in the 9/11 Act and codified at 6 U.S.C. § 605.  All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico received 0.35 percent of the total funds allocated for grants under Section 2003 and Section 2004 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended by the 9/11 Act, for SHSP.  Four territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) received a minimum allocation of 0.08 percent of the total funds allocated for grants under Section 2003 and 2004 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended by the 9/11 Act, for SHSP. 

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Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)

Total Funding Available in FY 2013: $558,745,566

Purpose: UASI program funds address the unique planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas, and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. 

Eligible Applicants: The SAA was the only entity eligible to apply to FEMA for UASI funds.  A total of 25 high-threat, high-density urban areas were eligible for funding under the FY 2013 UASI program.  Eligible candidates for the FY 2013 UASI program were determined through an analysis of relative risk of terrorism faced by the 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas in the United States, in accordance with the 9/11 Act.

Program Awards: The allocation methodology for FY 2013 UASI was based on DHS’ risk methodology and anticipated effectiveness.  The anticipated effectiveness was assessed based on the applicant’s description of how the proposed projects, as outlined in the IJ, aligned with the Urban Area THIRA and follow-on capability estimation. 

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Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)

Total Funding Available in FY 2013: $55,000,000

Purpose: OPSG funds are intended to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the United States’ borders along routes of ingress from international borders to include travel corridors in States bordering Mexico and Canada, as well as states and territories with international water borders.

Eligible Applicants: The SAA was the only entity eligible to apply to FEMA for OPSG funds.  Local units of government at the county level and federally-recognized tribal governments in the states bordering Canada (including Alaska), southern states bordering Mexico, and states and territories with International water borders were eligible to apply for FY 2013 OPSG funds through their SAA.

Program Awards: FY 2013 OPSG allocations were based on risk-based prioritization using a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Sector-specific border risk methodology.  Factors considered included, but were not limited to, threat, vulnerability, miles of border, and other border-specific “law enforcement intelligence,” as well as feasibility of FY 2013 Operation Orders to designated localities within the United States border States and territories. 

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Last Updated: 
03/18/2014 - 15:14