The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has unveiled a $566 million Homeland Security grant program for state and local first-responder agencies. The Office of Domestic Preparedness will administer the program, which may be used to cover costs associated with risk and needs assessments, equipment purchases, training, exercise support and technical assistance.
Applications for funds will be made through the governor's office in each state. According to the DHS, states will receive an initial response to their application by April 29. Funds would be issued to the states within three weeks of this initial communication. Once states receive the funds, they will have 45 days to transfer 80% of the funds to local governments.
Grant application forms are posted at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm. The deadline for applications is April 22. A chart listing the total allocation of grant funds each state is eligible to receive in FY 2003 is below.
Any questions on this program should be directed to the Office of Domestic Preparedness at 1-800-368-6498.
ODP State Homeland Security Grant Program FY 2003 Funding Allocations