On July 21, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced final allocations of $605 million in six Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 competitive preparedness grant programs which help prepare the nation against threats and natural disasters.
The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector to build and sustain capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.
This year, DHS will prioritize six critical areas: cybersecurity, soft targets and crowded places, intelligence and information sharing, domestic violent extremism, community preparedness and resilience, and election security.
The six competitive grants and their allocations are:
- Homeland Security Grant Program: Operation Stonegarden – $90 million.
- Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program – $15 million.
- Nonprofit Security Grant Program – $305 million. This year, $152.5 million is provided to nonprofits in Urban Area Security Initiative-designated areas, and $152.5 million is provided to nonprofits outside those designated urban areas located in any state or territory.
- Port Security Grant Program – $100 million.
- Transit Security Grant Program – $93 million.
- Intercity Bus Security Grant Program – $2 million.