National Special Security Event Grant Program

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FY 2012

Total Funding Available in FY 2012: $7,500,000

Purpose: The mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Special Security Event (NSSE) Grant Program is to provide supplemental federal assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments for certain actual costs of providing emergency management, public safety, and security during the preparation and conduct of an NSSE.

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designates events of national significance as NSSE based on factors including, but not limited to: anticipated attendance by U.S. officials and foreign dignitaries; the size of the event; and the significance of the event. By statute, the United States Secret Service (USSS) is designated as the lead federal agency for planning, coordinating, and implementing security operations at NSSE.  The FY 2012 NSSE Grant Program was developed by FEMA in coordination with USSS.

Eligible Applicants: All 56 states and territories and local governments that host an NSSE that will occur prior to September 30, 2013 are eligible to apply for NSSE Grant Program funds. Applications shall be for costs that support an event-specific to the Operational Security Plan developed in coordination with the interagency NSSE Executive Steering Committee.

Program Awards: FEMA will review each application and verify compliance with all administrative and eligibility criteria identified in the application kit.  Eligible applications will be reviewed and prioritized based upon the expected loss of un-reimbursed costs and lack of alternate funding sources.  Priority will be given to applicants meeting the following criteria:

Significant Unreimbursed Costs
Applicants demonstrating un-reimbursed costs directly related to the provision of security, public safety and emergency management for the designated NSSE. Significant unreimbursed costs are considered to be those costs over and above normal expenditures.

Lack of Alternate Funding Sources
Applicants hosting types of NSSE which have not in the past received direct Congressional appropriations or event-related presidential declarations.

Funds will only be made available for event-specific costs that directly support the Operational Security Plan. These costs have to be specified in a Budget Detail Worksheet, which has to be submitted to and approved by FEMA.

Additional Information

Visit the Document library to access the following items:

  • FY 2012 NSSE Grant Program Funding Opportunity Announcement
  • FY 2012 NSSE Grant Program FAQs
  • FY 2012 NSSE Grant Program Fact Sheet
Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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