The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) is a core assistance program that provides funds to build capabilities at the State, local, tribal, and territorial levels, to enhance our national resilience to absorb disruptions and rapidly recover from incidents both natural and manmade as well as to implement the goals and objectives included in State homeland security strategies and initiatives in their State Preparedness Report (SPR).
Activities implemented under SHSP must support terrorism preparedness by building or enhancing capabilities that relate to the prevention of, protection from, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from terrorism in order to be considered eligible. However, many capabilities which support terrorism preparedness simultaneously support preparedness for other hazards. Grantees must demonstrate this dual-use quality for any activities implemented under this program that are not explicitly focused on terrorism preparedness.
In developing applications for SHSP, recipients are encouraged to consider 2022 priority areas:
In New York, the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) is responsible for coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants. Funds through SHSP are used to aid in the training of emergency first responders, the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for combating and preventing terrorist acts and for planning, and exercise. Funds are also used for management, administration and the development of citizen corps projects at the local level.
The FY21 allocation to the State of New York was $70,639,800.
Eligible expenses include:
The New York Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is the only eligible entity eligible to apply to FEMA for SHSP funds. Funds are then awarded to state agencies and local law enforcement jurisdictions in New York.
For FY2021 DHSES was to submit an application to FEMA by June 13, 2022. For information regarding local deadlines, contact your county or municipal emergency management coordinator. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.
The FY22 allocation to the State of New York is $68,033,267. Grants are awarded directly to the State. Funds are then allocated to local governmental units. At least 80% of the funds awarded under SHSP must be obligated to local government units within 45 days of the acceptance of the grant award. Awards will last for 36 months.