Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Homeland Security Preparedness Grant Programs

Federal Programs Managed by DHSES Grants Program Administration (GPA) as the State Administrative Agency (SAA):

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP): The HSGP plays an important role in the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive-8 (PPD-8) by supporting the development and sustainment of core capabilities to fulfill the National Preparedness Goal (NPG). The following are descriptions of each HSGP component programs. HSGP is comprised of three interconnected grant programs:

  • State Homeland Security Program (SHSP): The 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. At least 25% of SHSP funding must be utilized to support law enforcement terrorism prevention activities in the state. In addition, 80% of the funding must be passed through to county homeland security agencies within New York State to support their overall preparedness efforts. All counties in New York State receive SHSP funding.

    Targeted Grants: DHSES has developed and manages a total of seven Targeted Grants, which are funded through the local-share (80%) of SHSP grant funds:

    • Bomb Squad Initiative - Funding allocated to develop and sustain the 12 NYS FBI-accredited bomb squads.
    • Haz-Mat Grant Program - Funding allocated to support equipment maintenance, accreditation and capability enhancement for the 18 NYS regional Haz-Mat teams.
    • Critical Infrastructure Grant Program - Supports target-hardening and risk/vulnerability mitigation for government-owned mass gathering sites located within the state’s top seven Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
    • Cyber Security Grant Program - Supports enhancement and sustainment of cyber security capabilities for local and county governments by ensuring their information systems are protected from cyber incidents.
    • Explosive Detection Canine Team Grant Program - Supports development of new or enhancement of existing DCJS-certified explosive detection canine teams for local and county police agencies.
    • Tactical Team Grant Program - Supports enhancement and improvement of DCJS-certified tactical team response capabilities as related to high-risk active shooter/counter-terrorism incidents.
    • Technical Rescue & Urban Search and Rescue Grant Program - Supports enhancement of technical rescue/USAR teams with a focus on structural collapse, trench, confined space and rope rescue.
  • Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI): The UASI program fund addresses the unique risk-driven and capabilities-based planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas based on the capability targets identified during the THIRA process and associated assessment efforts; and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. Funding through this program is limited to Urban Areas that are designated by DHS/FEMA based on risk. For New York State, this includes the New York City area.
  • Operation Stonegarden (OPSG): OPSG funds are intended to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the United States' borders along routes of ingress from international borders to include travel corridors in States bordering Mexico and Canada, as well as states and territories with international water borders. Funding for this program is available to the 12 counties, and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, which are located on New York State’s northern border with Canada.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP): The NSGP provides funding for target-hardening activities to protect nonprofit (501 c3) organizations at high risk of a terrorist attack. NSGP funding is awarded under two funding sources: NSGP-Urban Area (UA), for eligible organizations located within UASI areas (the New York City area) and NSGP-State (S), for eligible organizations located outside designated UASI areas. Nonprofit organizations looking to apply for NSGP grant funding must do so through their respective State Administrative Agency, which in New York State is the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/grants/nonprofit/index.cfm.

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG): The EMPG provides funding for State and local governments to enhance and sustain all-hazards emergency preparedness. Funding is passed-through to every county in the State and New York City, and is distributed on a population-share basis. In FY 2020, The EMPG COVID-19 Supplemental (EMPG-S) became available to assist State and local governments with emergency management activities specifically in support of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Grant (HMEP): The HMEP is made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and provides funding and guidance for planning and training activities related to improving State and local preparedness for emergencies involving the transportation of hazardous materials.

State-Funded Programs Managed by DHSES Grants Program Administration (GPA):

Interoperable and Emergency Communications Grants
  • Statewide Interoperable Communications Formula-Based Grant (SICG-Formula): The SICG-Formula Program will focus on further minimizing gaps in interoperable communications by aligning technology acquisitions with operational use by first responders, which provides the foundation necessary to accomplish a high level of interoperability. The SICG-Formula Program concentrates on improving interoperability and operability of communications systems in New York State. All New York State counties receive funding through the SICG-Formula Program.
  • Statewide Interoperable Communications Targeted Grant (SICG-Targeted): The overall objective of the SICG-Targeted Program is to improve infrastructure related to National Interoperability channels through targeted funding, which is a core tenet and feature of interoperability. All New York State counties are eligible for SICG-Targeted funding.
  • Public Safety Answering Points Grant (PSAP): The PSAP grant program provides funding to all New York State county governments to consolidate and improve their PSAP/emergency call center operations.
Fire/EMS Grants
  • Recruitment and Retention Grant Program: The Recruitment and Retention Grant Program provides funding to support county and local fire and EMS agencies in their efforts to recruit new and retain existing fire and EMS volunteers.
Nonprofit (501 c3) Organizations
  • Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant Program: New York State, committed to ensuring the safety and equal treatment of all New Yorkers, launched the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program to boost safety and security at qualifying nonprofit organizations within New York State who are at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs, or mission. Funding is made available to eligible nonprofit organizations and is competitively allocated.

DHSES Grants Program Administration (GPA) Contact Info:
Hotline Phone Number: 1-866-837-9133
Email: Grant.Info@dhses.ny.gov