DHS Outlines $2.1 Billion in Funding for FY 2011 Preparedness Grants

May 23, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

The Department of Homeland Security announced the availability of $2.1 billion in fiscal year 2011 preparedness grants last Thursday.

According to the agency, the funds support 12 grant programs that help states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies and the private sector to prepare for natural and manmade disasters.

The programs focus on reinforcing efforts to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other emergencies.

Of the money allocated, $1.2 billion was set aside for the Homeland Security Grant Program, which helps states and urban areas increase their security capabilities:

  • $662 million for the Urban Areas Security Initiative, which increases regional preparedness and capability in 31 areas with high population density and a high-threat level;
  • $526 million for the State Homeland Security Program, which supports the implementation of state homeland security strategies;
  • $54 million for Operation Stonegarden, which increases cooperation and coordination of security efforts among federal, state, local, territorial and tribal law enforcement agencies;
  • $34 million to the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program, which improves mass casualty incident response and preparedness; and
  • $9 million to the Citizen Corps Program, which involves citizens in community preparedness, planning, mitigation and recovery efforts.

Funding was allocated for a number of other programs, including:

  • $329 million for the Emergency Management Performance Grants Program;
  • $235 million for the Port Security Grant Program;
  • $200 million for the Transit Security Grant Program;
  • $44 million to the Driver’s License Security Grant Program;
  • $19 million for the Intercity Passenger Rail Program;
  • $18 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program;
  • $14 million for the Emergency Operations Center Grant Program;
  • $14 million for Regional Catastrophic Preparedness grants;
  • $10 million for the Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program;
  • $10 million for the Freight Rail Security Grant Program; and
  • $4 million for the Intercity Bus Security grants.

Many of the programs have regionally specific titles, funding opportunity numbers and application packages, details of which are available in the full funding announcement.



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