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Homeland Security Grants

Here you can learn about the Homeland Security Grant Program (State-Share and Regional Grants), Nonprofit Security Grant Program, Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Program, and Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program (CNSGP)

Overview of federal homeland security funding

There are two streams of federal homeland security funding:

•  Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)
•  Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).

HSGP consists of the State Homeland Securities Program (SHSP) and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). Accounting for 20% of HSGP funds, SHSP grants support both regional and project specific efforts. The remaining HSGP funds promote homeland security efforts in urban areas.  

Massachusetts allocates SHSP monies for initiatives proposed by the five homeland security regional councils (see Additional Resources). Regional initiatives must address known resource gaps throughout the region and the Commonwealth. This approach better prepares us, and the nation, in the event of a national, state, or local emergency.  Funded initiatives help communities and the Commonwealth determine:

• What we need to prepare for?

• What shareable resources are needed to be prepared?

• What can we do to avoid, divert, lessen, or end a threat or hazard?

Additionally, Massachusetts allocates SHSP funds to the State-Share Grant Program. State-Share grants are awarded via a competitive funding process. Funded projects address the Commonwealth's homeland security priorities and strategic gaps.

The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) accounts for the remaining 80% of HSGP funds.  Since 2002, Congress has mandated the allocation of UASI grants to major urban areas (see Additional Resources). Their dense populations place these areas at greater risk of terrorist attacks. During natural disasters, UASI sites can experience a high number of casualties/injuries. To be more resilient, UASI sites need more resources and funding.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated the city of Boston as an UASI site in 2003.  

The second stream of homeland security funding is the Nonprofit Security Grant Program  (NSGP). NSGP grants improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high-risk of a terrorist attack within the UASI sites. Collaborative projects between nonprofits and federal, state, and local governments are also funded. Together, these projects create a whole community approach to security and emergency management.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determines the final NSGP awards. 

Additional Resources for Overview of federal homeland security funding

Overview of Commonwealth homeland security funding

There is one stream of Commonwealth homeland security funding:

•  Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program (CNSGP)

CNSGP grants improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high-risk of a terrorist attack outside the UASI sites. Collaborative projects between nonprofits and federal, state, and local governments are also funded. Together, these projects create a whole community approach to security and emergency management.  The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security determines the final CNSGP awards. 

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