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Grant Funding for Law Enforcement, First Responders, Corporations and Non-Profit Entities

AI Publication - July 2008
By, American Innovations, Inc.

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Money Approved for Explosives Detection, Related Training, Counter IED Initiatives, & More

American Innovations, Inc. is committed to helping law enforcement, first responders, corporations, and non-profit entities close security gaps. Providing explosives detection equipment, training, and other technologies and services in support of counter terrorism initiatives is the company’s primary focus.

This document has been prepared to help you understand the federal Grants that may be available to your agency, corporation, or non-profit entity.

Every applicable Grant has been summarized and links have been provided to help you quickly assess what pools of money are available to your respective entity. Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08) funding requests are time sensitive and American Innovations is prepared to guide and assist you through the process.

When contacting your local Grant Administrative Agent, be certain to ask about unspent grants allocated for these technologies and services from prior fiscal years. You will be amazed at the amount of money that is immediately available and is yet to be claimed. Don’t know your local Grant Administrative Agent? Contact American Innovations for assistance.

Combating terrorism is a collective responsibility between the public and private sectors. Please forward this document to any entity you believe would benefit from this information and encourage them to take advantage of the Federal Grants available to help keep America safe.

Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08) Overview: In February of 2008, the US Department of Homeland Security announced its plans for providing Grant Funding and Guidance for the ’08 Fiscal Year. The goals and expectations were communicated in the following published statements:

“Agencies Get Guidance for Winning DHS Grants - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $3 billion in grants to state and local agencies for the purpose of creating preparedness plans and aligning with the National Preparedness guidelines according to a guidance released by DHS. This year the grant money will be allocated to states, territories, urban areas, transit systems and law enforcement agencies. The grant programs include State Homeland Security Programs, Urban Area Security Initiatives, Metropolitan Medical Response System programs, Citizen Corps, Transit Security Programs, Port Security Programs, Buffer Zone protection, Trucking Security, Intercity Bus Security, Real ID Systems Integration and Data Verification Program and regional Catastrophic Preparedness. Released February 2008”

“Fact Sheet: Fiscal Year 2008 Preparedness GrantsRelease Date: February 1, 2008In Fiscal Year 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will award more than $3 billion in grants to states, territories, urban areas, and transportation authority’s under 14 programs to bolster national preparedness capabilities and protect critical infrastructure. Fiscal year 2008 grant programs provide $376.3 million over last year to enhance the nation's ability to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. This includes the Department's two largest grant programs: the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) totaling $1.69 billion and the Infrastructure Protection Program (IPP) totaling $852.4 million.”

“What's New for Fiscal Year 2008 - The department focuses on three funding priorities for FY 2008:• Measuring progress against the National Preparedness Guidelines • Strengthening preparedness planning• Strengthen IED prevention, protection and recovery• Law Enforcement Activities will become part of both the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) programs, with a requirement to spend at least 25 percent of each award on these important prevention and protection activities. This will result in an increase of more than $66 million dollars from FY 2007 on prevention activities alone.

  1. The department is more narrowly focusing the funding priorities this year, with the goal of targeting funding where the largest gaps reside

  2. As a result of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, the 10 FEMA regions will have an enhanced role in grant activities.

  3. The burden on grantees will be reduced as the Enhancement Plan portion of the application has been replaced by the State Preparedness Report.

  4. The department's risk methodology for the grants has been revised to reflect input from the 9/11 Act, including the use of Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

  5. The department's port-wide risk management activities have expanded this year, and include ports in Group 2, instead of only Group 1

  6. The department is also releasing many grant programs on the same day, with the goal of getting application materials out to the eligible applicants approximately two weeks sooner than last year's timeline.

  7. The department's port-wide risk management activities have expanded this year, and include ports in Group 2, instead of only Group 1.

  8. B The department is also releasing many grant programs on the same day, with the goal of getting application materials out to the eligible applicants approximately two weeks sooner than last year's timeline.”

The following list describes grant funding and guidance for explosives detection and other equipment and training (emphasis ours). To see what portion of these grants has been allocated to your state/region, go to

  1. Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) - $1.69 billion
    HSGP is a wide-reaching program that funds planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise activities in support of the National Preparedness Guidelines and related plans and programs, such as the National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Framework (NRF), and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). This year, 25 percent of the overall funding must address preparedness planning and mitigating the threat of improvised explosive devices. Tier I and II urban areas will be eligible to use up to 25 percent of UASI funds to support counterterrorism personnel costs and states may use up to 15 percent of SHSP funds for counterterrorism personnel costs. This responds to the needs of cities, giving them additional flexibility in how they choose to use the funding, provided it meets DHS criteria. HSGP includes:

    1. State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) - $862.9 million.
      SHSP supports building and sustaining capabilities at the state and local levels through planning, equipment, training, and exercise activities and helps states to implement the strategic goals and objectives included in state homeland security strategies. SHSP provides funding to all 56 states and territories based on a combination of formula, risk, and effectiveness.

    2. Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) - $781.6 million.
      UASI addresses the unique multidisciplinary planning, operations, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high density urban areas. This program provides funding to high-risk urban areas based on risk and effectiveness. Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Activities. In addition, the department is directing that at least 25 percent of funds allocated from both SHSP and UASI build state and local law enforcement terrorism prevention capabilities.

    3. Citizen Corps Program (CCP) - $14.5 million.
      CCP supports Citizen Corps Councils in efforts to engage citizens in personal preparedness, exercises, ongoing volunteer programs, and surge capacity response, in order to better prepare citizens to be fully aware, trained, and practiced on how to prevent, protect/mitigate, prepare for, and respond to all threats and hazards. This program provides funding on a formula basis to all 56 states and territories.

    4. Infrastructure Protection Program (IPP) - $852.4 million
      IPP supports specific activities to protect critical infrastructure, such as ports, mass transit, highways, rail and transportation. IPP grants fund a range of preparedness activities, including strengthening infrastructure against explosive attacks, preparedness planning, equipment purchase, training, exercises, and security management and administration costs. IPP is comprised of five separate grant programs:

      1. Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) - $388.6 million.
        TSGP supports sustainable, risk based efforts to protect critical transit infrastructure from terrorism, especially explosives and non-conventional threats that would cause major disruption to commerce and significant loss of life. Funding is provided to owners and operators of the nation’s critical transit infrastructure, including rail, intra-city bus, ferry systems, and Amtrak. For the highest risk urban areas, this funding is provided as a regional allocation; for other urban areas, funding is awarded on a competitive basis.

        1. TSGP to intra-city systems - $348.6 million.
          TSGP provides funding to owners and operators of transit systems, which include intracity bus, rail, and ferry systems, focused on employee training, infrastructure protection (e.g. intrusion detection, hardening of tunnel ventilation and drainage systems) and deterrence activities like canine teams. Eligible systems and the amount of funding available to those systems is based on a formula that includes rider ship, track miles, number of stations, and threat.

        2. Intercity Passenger Rail Security - $25 million.
          TSGP provides funding to Amtrak to harden underground and underwater track and tunnels against IEDs, train key employees in counter-terrorism, and expand visible deterrence activities.

        3. Freight Rail Security - $15 million.
          TSGP provides funding to freight railroad carriers and owners of railroad cars used in the transportation of Security-Sensitive Material (SSM) to improve freight rail security. Funds may be used to conduct vulnerability assessments, develop security plans, and security awareness and emergency response training for frontline employees.

    5. Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) - $388.6 million
      PSGP supports sustainable, risk based efforts to enhance access control and credentialing, protect against IED and other nonconventional attacks, and conduct disaster-response scenarios. PSGP funds are awarded on the basis of risk and competition to eligible ports, as well as eligible ferry systems.

  2. Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP) - $48.5 million.
    BZPP supports the development and implementation of Buffer Zone Plans for preventing and protecting the perimeter of critical infrastructure sites, including chemical facilities, nuclear and electric power plants, dams, stadiums, arenas and other high-risk areas from terrorist site surveillance or attacks with a focus on public-private partnership and fusion center coordination. This program provides funding to states and territories with eligible critical infrastructure and key resource (CI/KR) sites.

  3. Trucking Security Program (TSP) - $15.5 million.
    TSP provides funding to identify and recruit highway professionals (carriers, drivers, first responders, highway workers) to actively participate in an anti-terrorism and security awareness program, as well as implement program training and 24/7 call center support.

  4. Intercity Bus Security Grants (IBSGP) - $11.1 million.
    IBSGP focuses on vulnerability assessments, security plans and preparedness exercises for explosives and non-conventional threats. Program priorities include facility, driver and vehicle security enhancements; emergency communications technology; coordinating with local police and emergency responders; training and exercises; and passenger and baggage screening programs in defined UASI service areas. IBSGP provides funding competitively to eligible charter and fixed route intercity bus systems servicing UASI urban areas.

  5. Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) - $291.4 million
    EMPG is a cost-share program that assists state and local governments in sustaining and enhancing the effectiveness of their emergency management programs. This program provides funding on a formula basis to all 56 states and territories, as well as the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

  6. Operation Stonegarden Grants (OPSG) - $60 million
    OPSG is an element of the FY 2008 State Homeland Security Grant Program. OPSG funds land border jurisdictions’ efforts to improve border security, encourage local operational objectives and capabilities to enhance federal and state Homeland Security strategies, and improve capabilities required for border security and protection.

  7. Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCP) - $60 million
    RCP provides funding to advance catastrophic incident preparedness to Tier I and designated Tier II Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Jurisdictions. The goal of RCP is to support an integrated planning system that enables regional all-hazard planning for catastrophic events and the development of necessary plans, protocols, and procedures to manage a catastrophic event.

    • Tier 1: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles/Long Beach, National Capital Region, Jersey City/Newark, New York, San Francisco Bay Area

    • Tier 2: Boston, Honolulu, Norfolk, Seattle

8. Urban Areas Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program (UASI-NSGP) - $15 Million
UASI-NSGP provides funding to support target-hardening activities by nonprofit organizations that are considered at high risk for international terrorist attack. While this funding is provided specifically to high-risk nonprofit organizations, the program seeks to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts. Nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of international terrorist attack and are located within one of the specific UASI-eligible urban areas must apply to the SAA for funds. Other grants are available for purposes that do not include Explosives Detection equipment, planning and training. For more information go to:


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