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**ATTENTION** Important safety tips regarding grants:

  1. The State will never call and offer to complete and/or process your grant application for a fee – this is a no cost process.
  2. The NSGP is a competitive grant – there are no guarantees of a maximum award amount.
  3. The HSGP is not competitive – if you are told otherwise, that is inaccurate information and likely a scam.
  4. Your caller ID might show a number for the State; however, computer software makes it easy to ‘spoof’ or give the appearance that the call is originating from somewhere that it is not.
  5. Email addresses are also commonly spoofed – if you receive an email soliciting services from the State or a Federal agency - do not respond to it, do not click on any link contained within the email. Instead, save the email and contact our office directly.
  6. Never give your personal information to anyone who contacts you unsolicited. Do not provide and/or confirm the last 4 digits of your SSN, credit card or banking account information, email, or cell phone information.
  7. Remember, if anyone instructs you to wire money, pay with a gift card, send cash, etc. – it is a likely a scam.

If you are ever suspicious about a phone call or email from someone who claims to be with the State or a Federal agency, call your local law enforcement agency for assistance, or look up that agency’s information and contact them directly – do not use any information given in suspicious emails or phone calls. Furthermore, if you receive this type of phone call or email, please report it here.

Grant Programs

The SHSP is the core assistance program that provides funds to build capabilities at the state and local level. Activities implemented under SHSP must support terrorism preparedness by building or enhancing capabilities that relate to the prevention of, protection from, or response and recovery from terrorism activities – which also includes supporting the development and operation of fusion centers. It should also be noted that many capabilities which support terrorism preparedness simultaneously support preparedness for other hazards as identified in the State Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THRIA). 

Law Enforcement Terrorist Prevention Activities (LETPA): LETPA focuses upon the prevention of terrorist attacks and provides law enforcement and public safety entities with funds to support intelligence gathering and information sharing. States are required to ensure that at least 25 percent of their SHSP award is dedicated towards law enforcement terrorism prevention-oriented planning, organization, training, exercise, and equipment activities. For more information on the LETPA and SHSP programs, contact Agent James Cotter.

The UASI program focuses on enhancing regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas. The UASI program directly supports the National Priority of expanding regional collaboration outlined 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. For more information on the UASI program, contact Agent James Cotter.

The NSGP provides funding support to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack and integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts. Additionally, the program is designed to promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives, state and local government agencies, and Citizen Corps Councils. For more information on the NSGP program, contact Agent James Cotter.

Grant Information

On February 25th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Fiscal Year 2021 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) which includes funding for the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).

FY21 HSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

FY21 District Level Investment Justification Form

EXAMPLE Completed District Level Investment Justification Form

State Project Application Acceptance Signature Page – County Level

State Project Application Form – County Level

EXAMPLE Completed State Project Application Form

 

For eligible organizations, please note the following timelines and requirements.

To ensure successful completion and submission of the grant, all District Level Grant Investment Justifications must be completed and returned to our office by 5:00 PM CST on MAY 3, 2021. Rather than submitting to an individual person as in the past, please submit your applications to Homeland.Security@tn.gov. Due to our rather short timeline, this email account is monitored by several staff members and will allow for a more efficient processing of investments and submission of the State’s application to DHS/FEMA.

Please check back here for updates and new information as it becomes available. If you have any questions that are not addressed in the resources provided, please call our office at 615-532-7825.

On February 25, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Fiscal Year 2021 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP).

The Fiscal Year 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is one of three grant programs that constitute the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the DHS to help strengthen the nation’s communities against potential terrorist attacks. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the 2018 DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, NSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

The 2018-2022 FEMA Strategic Plan creates a shared vision for reducing the risks posed by terrorism and sets an ambitious, yet achievable, path forward to unify and further professionalize emergency management across the country. The NSGP supports the goals of Building a Culture of Preparedness and Readying the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters. We invite our stakeholders and partners to also adopt these priorities and join us in building a more prepared and resilient nation.

For more information and to see if your nonprofit is eligible, please review the following documents:

FY21 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

FY21 NSGP Application can be downloaded here

 

For eligible organizations, please note the following timelines and requirements.

To ensure successful completion and submission of the grant, all NSGP grant applications must be completed and returned to our office by 5:00 PM CST on MAY 3, 2021. Rather than submitting to an individual person as in the past, please submit your applications to Homeland.Security@tn.gov. Because our timeline is rather short, this email account is monitored by several staff members and will allow for a more efficient processing of applications. Once our office receives the applications, they will be reviewed and scored for submission to DHS.

Please check back here for updates and new information as it becomes available. If you have any questions that are not addressed in the resources provided, please call our office at 615-532-7825.

On March 30, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the FY20 Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program. This is a nationwide competitive grant with 50 expected awards – in years past, one per state.

State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education are eligible to submit competitive proposals to assist in developing a nationwide prevention framework to combat targeted violence and terrorism. This goal requires a multi-year, whole-of-society effort, including financial assistance and other support by DHS. The TVTP Grant Program’s priorities for FY20 are:

  • Establishing and Enhancing Local Prevention Frameworks with an Emphasis on Threat Assessment and Management Capabilities 
  • Preventing Domestic Terrorism 
  • Developing Innovative Solutions for Preventing Targeted Violence and Terrorism

 

There are several major changes from the earlier program including:

  • Enhanced project performance measures
  • Expansion to prevention of targeted violence
  • Dedicated innovation application track
  • Detailed description of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections

The application period opens today, Monday, March 30, 2020 and closes on Friday, May 29, 2020. Awards will be made no later than September 30, 2020 when the funding expires. DHS anticipates this to be the first year of a multi-year program. The DHS Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Request includes $20 million for the TVTP Grant Program and additional funding to support other TVTP efforts in various DHS offices and components.

 

Important links:

The Notice of Funding Opportunity: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325876

DHS will hold three webinars – using GoToMeeting - to discuss the elements of the program: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/641185333

Interested applicants may find more information at https://www.dhs.gov/TVTPGrants or email TerrorisimPrevention@hq.dhs.gov.

Strategic Framework to Counter Terrorism and Targeted Violence

On February 14th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Fiscal Year 2020 Homeland Security Grant Program .  

The Fiscal Year 2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is one of three grant programs that constitute Department of Homeland Security (DHS) DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the DHS to help strengthen the nation’s communities against potential terrorist attacks. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the 2018 DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, NSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

The 2018-2022 FEMA Strategic Plan creates a shared vision for reducing the risks posed by terrorism and sets an ambitious, yet achievable, path forward to unify and further professionalize emergency management across the country. The NSGP supports the goals of Building a Culture of Preparedness and Readying the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters. We invite our stakeholders and partners to also adopt these priorities and join us in building a more prepared and resilient nation.

For more information and to see if your nonprofit is eligible, please review the following documents.

For eligible organizations, please note the following timelines and requirements.

In order to ensure successful completion and submission of the grant, all NSGP grant applications must be completed and returned to our office by 5:00 PM CST on March 27, 2020Rather than submitting to an individual person as in the past, please submit your applications to Homeland.Security@tn.gov . Because our timeline is rather short, this email account is monitored by several staff members and will allow for a more efficient processing of applications. Once our office receives the applications, they will be reviewed and scored for submission to DHS.

Please check back here for updates and new information as it becomes available. If you have any questions that are not addressed in the resources provided, please call our office at 615-532-7825.