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Summary of US Federal Grant Programs

Updated January 2012


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Eligible Applicants


Homeland Security Grant Programs

Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)

The UASI program focuses on enhancing regional preparedness – including prevention, protection, response, and recovery -- in major metropolitan areas.

The SAA was the only entity eligible to apply to FEMA for UASI funds.  The 31 high-risk urban areas eligible for funding are the recipients under the FY 2011 UASI program

2011: $662.6 million The 11 highest risk urban areas, designated Tier I urban areas, were eligible for $540,696,100

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)

SHSP provides funds to build capabilities at the State and local levels and to implement the goals and objectives included in State homeland security strategies and initiatives in the State Preparedness Report.

Eligible entities for SHSP are all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and US Territories.

FY 2011: $526.8 million

Other FEMA and Homeland Security Grants

Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG)

EMPG assists State and local governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities.

State Administrative Agencies must apply for and administer the EMPG funds.

FY 2011: $329 million
For FY 2011, all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico will receive a bas amount of 0.75 percent of the total available grant funding. The balance of EMPG funds will be distributed based on population.

Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP)

RCPGP supports coordination of regional all-hazard planning for catastrophic events.

The SAA was the only entity eligible to apply to FEMA for RCPGP funds.  The Governor of each state and territory is required to designate a SAA to apply for and administer the funds allocated under RCPGP.  Eligible recipients

FY 2011: 14.1 million

National Infrastructure Protection Program (NIPP)

NIPP prevent, deter, neutralize, or mitigate the effects of deliberate efforts by terrorists to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit elements of our nation's critical infrastructure and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery of critical infrastructure in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency.



Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)

TSGP provides grant funding to the nation’s key high-threat urban areas to enhance security measures for their critical transit infrastructure including bus, ferry and rail systems.

TSGP eligibility is derived from the Urban Areas Security Initiative. Funding will be allocated, in part, based on risk.

FY 2011: $200 million

Freight Rail Security Grant Program (FRSGP)

This will fund security training for frontline employees, the completion of vulnerability assessments, the development of security plans within the freight rail industry and GPS tracking systems for railroad cars transporting toxic inhalation materials (TIH).

Railroad carriers meeting FEMA’s eligibility guidelines.

FY 2011: $7.7 million

Intercity Passenger Rail (IPR)

IPR is intended to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism, major disasters, and other emergencies within the Amtrak rail system.

Amtrak only.

FY 2011: $22.2 million

Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)

IBSGP provides funding to protect the intercity bus systems and the traveling public from terrorism. The program assists operators of fixed-route intercity and charter bus services in obtaining the resources required to support enhanced planning, facility security upgrades, and vehicle and driver protection.

For 2011, eligible applicants under the FY 2011 IBSGP are owners and operators of fixed route intercity and charter buses that serve UASI jurisdictions. Charter companies must make a minimum of 50 trips annually to UASI jurisdictions to be eligible.

FY 2011: $4.9 million

Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)

The OPSG is intended to enhance law enforcement preparedness and operational readiness along the borders of the United States.

Eligible recipients include local county governments and federally-recognized tribal governments in the states bordering Canada (including Alaska), Mexico, and states and territories with International water borders.

FY 2011: $54.9 million

Department of Justice Grants

Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG)

JAG allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities – including technology enhancements -- to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system.

Based on a congressionally allocated minimum allocation, with additional funding based on population and initiatives. Once the state funding is calculated, 60 percent of the allocation is awarded to the state and 40 percent to eligible units of local government.

FY 2011: $368.2 million