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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $21.6 Million in Homeland Security Grants

For immediate release:
10/21/2020
  • Office of Grants and Research

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $21.6 Million in Homeland Security Grants

Kevin Stanton, Executive Director

BostonToday, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $21.6 million in grants from the federal Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), providing regional security councils and state agencies with resources to implement enhanced security infrastructure as well as unique programming aimed at strengthening the Commonwealth’s preparedness and resiliency.

“These grants illustrate one of the many ways our administration empowers local communities with resources to sustain and increase public safety,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “While vigilance remains our first line of defense, these improvements in technology and advanced trainings ensure that we are truly responsive and prepared for emerging threats.”

The Department of Homeland Security provides states with funding under the HSGP, which began in 2003. These funds support regional and statewide efforts to prevent terrorism and other catastrophic events as well as prepare for significant national security threats and hazards, delivering resources to the state’s Homeland Security Regional Councils and state public safety agencies selected through a competitive grants process managed by the Office of Grants and Research (OGR) within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS).

“Our Administration will always pursue new opportunities for cities and towns to maximize public safety resources,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Initiatives like the Statewide Cybersecurity Conference and the Emergency Preparedness Program for Persons with Disabilities demonstrate how their work extends beyond traditional infrastructure projects to new frontiers like cybersecurity, where all of us benefit from additional resources.” 

The HSGP grant will enables the MassCyberCenter to create its first annual Statewide Cyber Security Conference during October’s Massachusetts Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This dedicated training event will educate 400-600 municipal leaders, first responders, and IT personnel about improved cybersecurity resiliency and planning efforts.

In a separate grant, the Emergency Preparedness Program for Persons with Disabilities will begin its thirteenth year equipped with 1,000 streamlined disaster supply backpack kits for participants. Additionally, the grant provides needed funds to continue the program and community outreach through June 2022.

“This federal funding will directly benefit statewide public safety agencies as well as local communities through the Massachusetts Homeland Security Regional Councils,” said Undersecretary of Homeland Security Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe. “State and local partnership is the hallmark of Massachusetts’ homeland security strategy.” 

“These agencies work tirelessly to keep the Commonwealth safe and I am honored to support each of them in their homeland security efforts,” said OGR Executive Director Kevin Stanton. 

 

The grants awarded to Homeland Security Regional Councils are:

 

Regional Councils – Project Description

Proposed Awards

Northeast Region – Homeland security projects outlined in FFY 2020 SHSP regional plan have been approved and funded by OGR.

$1,538,249.00

Southeast Region – Homeland security projects outlined in FFY 2020 SHSP regional plan have been approved and funded by OGR.

$1,288,098.00

Central Region – Homeland security projects outlined in FFY 2020 SHSP regional plan have been approved and funded by OGR

$1,042,551.00

Western Region – Homeland security projects outlined in FFY 2020 SHSP regional plan have been approved and funded by OGR.

$1,246,662.00

TOTAL

$5,115,560.00

 

Statewide Fiduciary Agent – Project Description

Proposed Awards

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) - Management and administration (fiscal/procurement) services for the four FFY 2020 SHSP-funded homeland security planning regions outlined above. As a fiduciary agent to OGR, MAPC will be responsible for distribution of funds to the four regions, providing procurement services, and maintaining budget and progress reporting requirements.

$269,240.00

TOTAL

$269,240.00

 

UASI Regional Council – Project Description

Proposed Awards

Metro-Boston/UASI Region – Homeland security projects outlined in FFY 2020 UASI-funded regional plan have been approved and funded by OGR. This includes funds for management and administration, and planning services to the Boston Office of Emergency Management for the FFY 2020 UASI-funded homeland security planning region.

$13,520,000

TOTAL

$13,520,000

 

The grants awarded to statewide agencies are:

 

Agency

Project

AWARD

Department of Correction

Automatic License Plate Readers

$71,853

Department of Fire Services

Mobile Testing Vehicle, Incident Support Trailer

$825,000

MA Convention Center Authority

Cybersecurity Enhancements for Operational Readiness

$150,000

MA Cyber Center

Statewide Cybersecurity Conference

$115,272

MA Office on Disability

Emergency Preparedness Program for Persons with Disabilities

$125,500.00

MA Port Authority (Fire Rescue)

Active Shooter Hostile Event Training Program

$74,750

Massachusetts State Police

Fusion Center, Airborne Life Safety Equipment, Portable Video Surveillance System

$1,164,569

TOTAL

 

$2,526,944

 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $21.6 Million in Homeland Security Grants

Office of Grants and Research 

The Office of Grants and Research oversees the distribution and administration of grants, and conducts research, related to criminal justice, anti-drug and violence prevention education, law enforcement and traffic safety. The Office is divided into four divisions: Justice and Prevention, Highway Safety, Homeland Security and Research and Policy Analysis, which maintains the Massachusetts Statistical Analysis Center.
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