Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Notices of Funding Opportunity for 10 DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion on Friday.
The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.
The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.
“The administration remains committed to strengthening the security and resilience of our state and local communities,” said Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.
“FEMA grant programs are flexible by design and will be used to help to address evolving threats, and each grant will go toward building and sustaining capabilities across all levels of government and the whole community to maximize preparedness.”
The FY 2017 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats.
For FY 2017, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 33 high-threat, high-density urban areas.
This represents Congressional intent to limit FY 2017 UASI funding to those Urban Areas that represent up to 85 percent of the nationwide risk, as stated in the Explanatory Statement accompanying the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2017 (Pub. L. No. 115-31).
Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity.
Grant recipients are encouraged to use grant funding to maintain and sustain current critical core capabilities through investments in training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment.
New capabilities that are built using homeland security grant funding must be deployable if needed to support regional and national efforts.
All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities in the National Preparedness Goal.