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HSEM administers several preparedness grant programs that are available to jurisdictions, agencies and organizations throughout Minnesota. Collectively, the grants strengthen statewide capabilities to detect and respond to disasters, manmade or natural. All grants must be managed in accordance with federal, state, and DPS requirements.  
Please see below for information on each program. All grants are managed through E-Grants, HSEM’s online grants management system.
  • Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG),
  • Hazardous Materials Grant Program (HMEP),
  • Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP),
  • Operation Stonegarden Grant Program (OSGP),
  • State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP), 
  • Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)

The purpose of the EMPG program is to provide Federal funds to states to assist state, and local governments to sustain and enhance all-hazards emergency management capabilities. States have the opportunity to use EMPG funds to further strengthen their ability to support emergency management activities while simultaneously addressing issues of national concern as identified in the National Priorities of the National Preparedness Guidelines.  EMPG has a 50 percent federal and 50 percent state cost-share cash or in-kind match requirement.
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​Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant Program

HMEP grants are used to develop, improve, and implement emergency plans; train public sector hazardous materials (hazmat) emergency response employees to respond to accidents and incidents involving hazardous materials in transportation; determine flow patterns of hazardous materials within a state and between states; and determine the need within a state for regional hazardous materials emergency response teams.
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Non-Profit Security Grant (NSGP​)

NSGP provides support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack and located within one of the specific Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)-designated eligible urban areas. Eligible nonprofit organizations are those organizations described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which have been determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security to be at high risk of terrorist attack and must be located within one of the UASI designated urban areas.
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Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)

The focus of OPSG is to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, 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.
For more information please contact
Michelle Schaber

State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP)

The SHSP is a competitive grant program available to jurisdictions and agencies throughout Minnesota. Funds support preparedness activities at the state and local level and, in particular, projects that build and sustain the capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation.
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 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)

The UASI program funds addressed 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.
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