DHS releases 2007 state and municipal grant funding levels

Published 8 January 2007

Urban Areas Security Initiative and Citizen Corps Program receive mild funding boosts; other programs see minor losses; DHS gives risk assessment the old college try

Those interested in business at the state and municipal level will be pleased to hear that DHS has released 2007 funding levels for the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP). The grants fund a range of preparedness activities in line with National Preparedness Goal, the National Incident Management System, the National Response Plan, and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. Eligible endeavors include such activities as planning, organization, equipment purchase, training, exercises and management and administration costs. Funding in 2007 includes:


1. Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI): $746,900,000 (2006: $710,622,000)

Purpose: The UASI Program focuses on the unique planning, equipment, training and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas.

Eligible Applicants: Forty-five urban areas, including six designated as highest risk UASI jurisdictions and eligible to compete for $410 million of available funds.

2. State Homeland Security Program: $509,250,000 (2006: $528,165,000)

Purpose: This core assistance program provides funds to build capabilities at the state and local levels through planning, equipment, training, and exercise activities.

Eligible Applicants: All fifty States, the District of Columbia,

Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. Each State, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will

receive 0.75 percent of total available SHSP funds as a minimum allocation and the four territories will each receive 0.25 percent.

3. Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP): $363,750,000 (2006: $384,120,000)

Purpose: LETPP provides resources to law enforcement and public safety communities to support critical terrorism prevention activities, including establishing and enhancing fusion centers and collaborating with non-law enforcement partners, other government agencies and

the private sector.

Eligible Applicants: LETPP eligibility mirrors that of the SHSP program.

4. Metropolitan Medical Response System Program: $32,010,000 (2006: $28,808,920)

Purpose: MMRS funds support local preparedness efforts to respond to all-hazards mass casualty incidents, including WMD-based terrorism, epidemic disease outbreaks, natural disasters and large-scale hazardous materials incidents.

Eligible Applicants: As in past years, 124 cities are eligible for MMRS funding. Each jurisdiction will receive $258,145 to establish and sustain local capabilities.

5. Citizen Corps Program (CCP): $14,550,000 (2006: $19,206,000)

Purpose: To bring community and government leaders together to

coordinate community involvement in emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Eligible Applicants: Like SHSP and LETPP, the Citizen Corps Program is open to 56 states and territories. All fifty States, the District of Columbia and

Puerto Rico will receive a minimum of 0.75 percent of the total available CCP grant funding. The four territories will receive a minimum amount of 0.25 percent of the total available grant funding. The balance of the CCP funds will be distributed on a population-share basis.

-read the DHS announcement in this PDF report