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FY 2013 Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)

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The Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) 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 THSGP supports all core capabilities in the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas based on allowable costs.

Fiscal Year 2013 Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program


Total Funding Available in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013: $10,000,000


The FY 2013 THSGP is one tool among a comprehensive set of initiatives authorized by Congress and implemented by the Administration to help strengthen the Nation against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks.  Funding under THSGP is provided to strengthen Tribes’ capacity to prepare for and respond to emergency situations.

Eligible Applicants

Per 6 U.S.C. § 601(4), the term "directly eligible Tribe" means –

(A) any Indian Tribe –

(i) that is located in the continental United States;

(ii) that operates a law enforcement or emergency response agency with the capacity to respond to calls for law enforcement or emergency services;


a. that is located on or near (50 miles) an international border or a coastline bordering an ocean (including the Gulf of Mexico) or international waters;

b. that is located within 10 miles of a system or asset included on the prioritized critical infrastructure list established under section 210E(a)(2) [of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended by Section 1001 of the 9/11 Act] or has such a system or asset within its territory;

c. that is located within or contiguous to one of the 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas in the United States; or

d. the jurisdiction of which includes not less than 1,000 square miles of Indian country, as that term is defined in section 1151 of title 18, United States Code; and

(iv) that certifies to the Secretary that a State has not provided funds under section 2003 [UASI] or 2004 [SHSP] [of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended by Section 101 of the 9/11 Act] to the Indian Tribe or consortium of Indian Tribes for the purpose for which direct funding is sought; and

(B) a consortium of Indian Tribes, if each Tribe satisfies the requirements of subparagraph (A).

In summary, eligible Tribes must meet the requirements set forth in (A) (i), and (A) (ii), and (A) (iv).  Tribes must also meet one of the requirements set forth in (A) (iii); either (A) (iii) (a), or (A) (iii) (b), or (A) (iii) (c), or (A) (iii) (d).  Finally, (B) may also be satisfied, if each Tribe satisfies the requirements of subparagraph (A).

In (A)(iii)(a), above, “near” an international border or a coastline means within 50 miles of an international border or coastline, and “coastline bordering…international waters” does not include the coastline of the Great Lakes.

Program Awards

FY 2013 THSGP funds were allocated based on two factors: Eligibility, as defined in 9/11 Act and self certified by applicant, and Effectiveness: the score of the applicant’s THSGP Investment Justification (as determined through a peer review process).  With respect to the effectiveness criteria, THSGP IJs were evaluated through a peer review process for completeness, adherence to programmatic guidelines and the anticipated effectiveness of the proposed Investment(s).  Only the information included in the IJ was scored in the review process.

Additional Information

Last Updated: 
04/21/2015 - 10:26
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