Dept of Homeland Security Announces $556 M Grant Program for State/Local First Responders

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 STATE/ALLOCATION ALABAMA/9,457,000 ALASKA/4,995,000 ARIZONA/10,584,000 ARKANSAS/7,394,000 CALIFORNIA/45,023,000 COLORADO/9,480,000 CONNECTICUT/8,265,000 DELAWARE/5,185,000 WASH, D.C./4,910,000 FLORIDA/23,654,000 GEORGIA/14,188,000 HAWAII/5,693,000 IDAHO/5,803,000 ILLINOIS/18,879,000 INDIANA/11,399,000 IOWA/7,656,500 KANSAS/7,401,000 KENTUCKY/9,001,000 LOUISIANA/9,451,000 MAINE/5,751,000 MARYLAND/10,585,000 MASSACHUSETTS/11,711,000 MICHIGAN/15,918,000 MINNESOTA/10,076,000 MISSISSIPPI/7,582,000 MISSOURI/10,834,000 MONTANA/5,303,000 NEBRASKA/6,254,500 NEVADA/6,771,000 N.HAMPSHIRE/5,727,000 NEW JERSEY/14,222,000 NEW MEXICO/6,401,000 NEW YORK/26,492,000 N. CAROLINA/13,908,000 N. DAKOTA/4,983,000 OHIO/17,510,000 OKLAHOMA/8,304,000 OREGON/8,336,000 PENNSYLVANIA/18,570,000 R. ISLAND/5,489,000 S. CAROLINA/9,017,000 S. DAKOTA/5,131,000 TENNESSEE/10,978,000 TEXAS/29,538,000 UTAH/6,937,000 VERMONT/4,963,000 VIRGINIA/12,716,000 WASHINGTON/11,294,000 W. VIRGINIA/6,340,000 WISCONSIN/10,565,000 WYOMING/4,827,000 PUERTO RICO/8,727,000 VIRGIN ISLDS/1,542,000 AMER. SAMOA/1,482,000 GUAM/1,596,000 N. MARIANA/1,496,000 TOTAL: 566,295,000

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