Grants bonanza

Funds for homeland security and preparedness efforts are flowing in 2008. Here is a breakdown of programs, goals and funds by agency.

Homeland Security Department
  • State Homeland Security Program - $862.9 million. Funding flows to 56 states and territories based on a combination of risk and effectiveness.
  • Urban Areas Security Initiative - $781.6 million. Directs funding to high-risk urban areas based on risk and effectiveness.
  • Metropolitan Medical Response System Program - $39.8 million. Assists designated metropolitan areas in preparing for an attack or disaster resulting in mass casualties.
  • Citizen Corps Program - $14.5 million. Supports citizen volunteer preparedness activities in 56 states and territories.
  • Transit Security Grant Program - $388.6 million. Awarded to owners and operators of transit systems, including buses, rail lines and ferries. Programs include intrusion detection, surveillance and deterrence.
  • Port Security Grant Program - $388.6 million. Supports risk-based efforts to enhance access control and credentialing, protect against improvised explosive devices and other nonconventional attacks, and conduct disaster response scenarios.
  • Buffer Zone Protection Program - $48.5 million. Funds projects to protect perimeters of critical infrastructure sites, including chemical facilities, nuclear and conventional electric power plants, dams, stadiums, arenas, and other high-risk areas.
  • Trucking Security Program - $15.5 million. Supports recruitment of highway professionals, including carriers and drivers, to participate in anti-terrorism awareness programs.
  • Intercity Bus Security Grant Program - $11.1 million. Priorities include facility, driver and vehicle security enhancements; emergency communications technology; training; and screening of passengers and baggage.
  • Emergency Management Performance Grants $291.4 million. Supports state and local emergency management programs.
  • Operation Stonegarden Grants - $60 million. Designated for border jurisdictions.
  • Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program - $60 million. Enhances planning in designated urban areas.
  • Real ID Systems Integration and Data Verification Grant Program - $48.5 million. Funding to assist states in implementing standards for driver's licenses as mandated under the Real ID Act of 2005.
  • Urban Areas Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program - $15 million.
Health and Human Services Department
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $704.8 million to public health departments in states and territories in addition to Chicago, Los Angeles County, New York City and Washington.
  • The HHS assistant secretary of preparedness and response is awarding $398 million through the Hospital Preparedness Program. The grants will be used for:
  • Interoperable communication systems.
  • Systems to track available hospital beds.
  • Advance registration of volunteer health professionals.
  • Processes for hospital evacuation or sheltering in place.
  • Processes for fatality management.
  • Strengthening health care partnerships at the community level.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program makes available $968 million to 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands. The governor of each state and territory has designated an administrative agency to apply for and administer the funds.

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