The Department of Homeland Security distributes grants to states, territories, urban areas and transportation authorities under these programs to bolster national preparedness capabilities and protect critical infrastructure. These funds are used in planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise activities.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) administers and manages these programs for the state and works with the eligible jurisdictions and organizations to monitor and implement these grants according to federal regulations and requirements.
Please contact the HSEM Regional Program Coordinators for questions regarding grant eligibility & policies including allocations, awards, eligible equipment, training, & projects, etc.
Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)
The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) suite consists of five sub-programs, namely the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), Operation Stonegarden (OPSG), Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), and Citizen Corps Program (CCP).
State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
This core assistance program provides funds to build capabilities at the state and local levels and to implement the goals and objectives included in state homeland security strategies and initiatives in their State Preparedness Report. Consistent with the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-53) (9/11 Act), states are required to ensure that at least 25 percent of SHSP appropriated funds are dedicated towards law enforcement terrorism prevention-oriented planning, organization, training, exercise, and equipment activities, including those activities which support the development and operation of fusion centers.
The UASI program focuses on enhancing regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas. The UASI program directly supports the National Priority on expanding regional collaboration in the National Preparedness Guidelines and is intended to assist participating jurisdictions in developing integrated regional systems for prevention, protection, response, and recovery. Consistent with the 9/11 Act, states are required to ensure that at least 25 percent of UASI appropriated funds are dedicated towards law enforcement terrorism prevention-oriented planning, organization, training, exercise, and equipment activities, including those activities which support the development and operation of fusion centers.
The intent 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.
The MMRS program supports the integration of emergency management, health, and medical systems into a coordinated response to mass casualty incidents caused by any hazard. Successful MMRS grantees reduce the consequences of a mass casualty incident during the initial period of a response by having augmented existing local operational response systems before the incident occurs.
The Citizen Corps mission is to bring community and government leaders together to coordinate community involvement in emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation, response and recovery.
Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP)
The Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP), as a component of the Infrastructure Protection Program (IPP), provides funds to increase the preparedness capabilities of responsible jurisdictions in communities surrounding high priority Critical Infrastructure /Key Resource assets through planning and equipment acquisition. The BZPP assists responsible jurisdictions in building effective prevention and protection capabilities that will make it more difficult for terrorists to conduct site surveillance or launch attacks within the immediate vicinity of selected CI/KR assets. These sites are pre-identified through DHS and funded through the SAA.
The PSGP is to create a sustainable, risk-based effort to protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, particularly attacks using explosives and non-conventional threats that could cause major disruption to commerce. The PSGP provides grant funding to port areas for the protection of critical port infrastructure from terrorism.
The PSGP funds are primarily intended to assist ports in enhancing maritime domain awareness, enhancing risk management capabilities to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE), and other non-conventional weapons, as well as training and exercises and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) implementation.
Our two Group II ports, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Duluth/Superior can apply through the designated Fiduciary Agent (FA) (HSEM currently acts as the FA) and their respective Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC). Group III and “All Other Port Areas” (all other navigable waterways) apply for grant funding directly to DHS.