A key mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to enhance the ability of state and local governments to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks and large-scale disasters. To help accomplish this mission, FEMA coordinates the national Homeland Security Grant Program to assist state and local governments and first-responders in their efforts to procure equipment and training. For fiscal year 2015, the federal government has allocated almost $1.04 billion of grant funding to be disseminated through this program.
The Authorized Equipment List (AEL) is produced by the FEMA Grant Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security. It is the generic list of equipment items allowable under several DHS grant programs, including the Homeland Security Grant Program. .
To link directly to the Department of Homeland Security's main grant page, click here.
State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP)
FY 2015 Funding: $402,000,000
The SHSP assists state, tribal and local preparedness activities that address high-priority preparedness gaps across all core capabilities and mission areas where a nexus to terrorism exists. SHSP supports the implementation of risk driven, capabilities-based approaches to address capability targets set in urban area, state, and regional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (THIRAs). The capability targets are established during the THIRA process, and assessed in the State Preparedness Report (SPR) and inform planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events. For more information click here.
Urban Areas Security Initiative
FY 2015 Funding: $587,000,000
The UASI program funds addressed the unique risk driven and capabilities-based planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas based on the capability targets identified during the THIRA process and associated assessment efforts; and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. For more information click here..
FY 2015 Funding: $55,000,000
OPSG program supports enhanced cooperation and coordination among Customs and Border Protection (CBP), United States Border Patrol (USBP), and local, tribal, territorial, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies. The OPSG Program funds investments in joint efforts 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. For more information click here.