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Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)


The Homeland Security Grant Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of three sub-programs:

  • State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
  • Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)
  • Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)

Iowa is only eligible to receive funding through the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). HSEMD is the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for SHSP and is the only entity eligible to submit application to FEMA.


Pass-through funding is made available by the SAA to eligible sub-recipients as sub-grants. Eligible applicants include local units of governments, combinations of local units, tribal government, or other specific groups or organizations such as school districts, council of governments, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations. State agencies are eligible to apply to administer projects that benefit local entities.


The application period for 2017 State Homeland Security Program sub-grants closed Feb. 15, 2017.



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State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) - OVERVIEW


The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) supports the implementation of risk driven, capabilities-based State homeland security strategies to address capability targets set in urban area, state, and regional threat and hazard identification and risk assessments (THIRAs). The capability targets are established during the THIRA process, and assessed in the State Preparedness Report (SPR) and inform planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.


The State Administrative Agency (SAA) prioritizes grant funding to address gaps identified through the annual SPR in achieving capability targets set through the annual THIRA.


Alignment of HSGP to the National Preparedness System

The nation utilizes the National Preparedness System to build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities in order to achieve the National Preparedness Goal (the Goal). The Goal is a secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.

A key focus and requirement of the SHSP is to prevent terrorism and to prepare the state for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk. When applicable, funding should support deployable assets that can be utilized anywhere in the state or nation through automatic assistance and mutual aid agreements, including but not limited to the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).


Building and Sustaining Capabilities

Per HSGP grant guidance, the SAA ensures that grant funding is utilized to sustain critical core capabilities within the National Preparedness System that were funded by past HSGP funding cycles to include training of personnel and lifecycle replacement of equipment. If new core capabilities are being sought utilizing HSGP funding, the SAA should ensure that the capabilities are deployable outside of their community to support regional and national efforts or otherwise shareable with regional partners and aligned with a capability gap identified in the THIRA/SPR.



HSGP Grant Reallocations


HSGP Grant Reallocations


To ensure Iowa builds and sustains priority capabilities that address capability gaps, HSEMD wishes to have a list of viable and eligible projects that could be quickly implemented to exhaust any remaining HSGP/SHSP funds. Requests for funding consideration must be submitted in EMGrants. Click here to go to EMGrants online.