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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 for sub-grants 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 the 2018 State Homeland Security Program subawards is now open, and closes Feb. 28, 2018. There are multiple steps to the application process. Please do not delay getting started.


Neither the federal appropriation nor notice of funding opportunity have been announced. Iowa HSEMD is moving forward with the sub-grant application phase per FEMA's recommendation for states to begin planning projects for the 2018 HSGP grant.


Access the UPDATED 2018 Funding Opportunity Guidance for application information including:

  • Program description
  • Funding guidelines
  • Investment priorities
  • Timeline and grant process
  • How to apply

Sub-grant applications must be submitted in EMGrantsPro. Click here to go to EMGrantsPro.


Click here to go to our YouTube video on registering for access on EMGrantsProLearn how to register as a user on EMGrantsPro on YouTube.


Click here to watch the video about how to submit a Notice of Interest for HGSP using EMGrantsPro.

Learn how to complete and submit a Notice of Interest (NOI) for HSGP via EMGrantsPro on YouTube.


Please email Annette Mansheim for additional information.




Click on the tabs below for more information.

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) Overview


As the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for HSGP, HSEMD has identified investment categories that address high-priority capabilities and preparedness gaps identified during Iowa's annual Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process and assessed in the state's Core Capabilities Assessment. HSEMD seeks applications for projects that sustain or enhance these and other capabilities and that address identified capability and resource gaps.


Fiscal Year 2017 pass-through allocations for SHSP

Agriculture Security

Sioux Co Emergency Mgmt/IDALS
(Agriculture and Animal Health)



City of Des Moines/Iowa OCIO
(Cyber Risk Reduction)


Intelligence & Information Sharing/State Fusion Center

Jefferson Co Sheriff/Iowa Dept. of Public Safety
(State Information Sharing & Fusion Center)


Jefferson Co Sheriff/HSEMD
("See Something, Say Something" Campaign)


Public-Private Partnerships

Safeguard Iowa Partnership
(Public Private Partnerships)


Safeguard Iowa Partnership/HSEMD
(Critical Infrastructure Coordination)


Statewide Training

Iowa Emergency Mgmt Association/HSEMD
(Statewide Training)


Homeland Security Emergency Response Teams

Cedar Rapids Fire Dept.
(Iowa Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue)


Sioux City Fire Dept.
(Iowa Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue)


City of Des Moines Police Dept.
(Statewide WMD SWAT Teams)


City of Des Moines Police Dept.
(Statewide EOD Task Force Teams)

$  93,539

Polk County Emergency Management
(Incident Management Teams)

$  81,375

Polk County Emergency Management
(WMD HazMat Teams)


Whole Community Engagement

Pottawattamie Co Emergency Mgmt/HSEMD
(Statewide Resource Management System)

$  35,000



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.