Information Bulletin Number 0803165

DHS Announces Significant Changes in 2008 Grant Guidelines

On February 1st, The Department of Homeland Security announced its 2008 Homeland Security Grant Guidance.  These Guidance documents indicate a set of significant changes in focus and funding for 14 programs that provide over $3 Billion in grants to bolster national preparedness and protect critical infrastructure.

The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) will account for approximately $1.69 Billion of the estimated $3 Billlion in grants.  The HSGP includes programs such as the National Incident Management System (NIMS) National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Among the major items in the new Grant Guidance are:

The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) will account for approximately $1.69 Billion of the estimated $3Billlion in grants. The HSGP includes programs such as the National Incident Management System (NIMS) National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Under the new Guidelines 25 percent of the overall funding of these programs must address preparedness for mitigating the threat of improvised explosive devices.

Another major change has been made to the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program. Using Census data, fifteen new regions have been designated as Tier II Urban Areas and can compete for the UASI funds that are reserved for high-risk, high density urban areas. The new regions designated as Tier II regions are:

Riverside, CT
Bridgeport, CT
Hartford, CT
Louisville, KY
Baton Rouge, LA
Albany, NY
Buffalo, NY

Links to the DHS Grants Guidance

DHS Grants and Assistance Programs Link to overview of available grants administered by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/index.shtm

Fact Sheet: Fiscal Year 2008 Preparedness Grants Major changes in funding and focus for 2008 DHS grant programs http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1201882312614.shtm

Remarks on 2008 Homeland Security Grant Guidance DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and FEMA Administrator David Paulison http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1201913567007.shtm