Homeland Security Grant Toolkit
The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) plays an important role in implementing the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient Nation. The building, sustainment, and delivery of these core capabilities are not exclusive to any single level of government, organization, or community, but rather, require the combined effort of the whole community. The HSGP supports core capabilities across the five mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery based on allowable costs. HSGP is comprised of interconnected grant programs.
State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) supports the implementation of risk-driven, capabilities-based State Homeland Security Strategies 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, assessed in the State Preparedness Report (SPR), and inform planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise need to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
The following resources are available to assist local agencies and jurisdictions in achieving eligibility for Homeland Security Grant Program funds and maintaining compliance with state and federal grant administration requirements. Any questions regarding the Homeland Security Program Resource Toolkit can be directed to HOTCOG Homeland Security Staff via the “Contact Us” link.
SHSP Grant Toolkit
Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (EPAC)
Chaired by Tom Hemrick, Emergency Management Coordinator, Hill County, the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee exists to advise the HOTCOG Executive Committee in Emergency Preparedness activities, including planning issues, opportunities for grants and funding, disseminating new laws/regulations, and the setting of regional priorities. The Committee represents the various disciplines of emergency planning, law enforcement, fire/rescue/hazardous material response, health, and communications. The committee develops regional goals and recommends the distribution of regional funds.
The following Homeland Security Grants are scored by the EPAC and supported by the Homeland Security Program:
- State Homeland Security Program
- Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention - State Homeland Security Program
The following documents guide the EPAC in its mission to oversee grant funding uses to promote strategies to prevent terrorism and other catastrophic events and to prepare communities for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security and resilience of Texas and the Nation.
- EPAC Bylaws
- EPAC Operating Policy
- Previous Years Homeland Security Grant Funding
- Grant Scoring Sheet
The Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee has set the following Regional Priorities:
- Regional Emergency Notification System (ENS)
- COG Regional Planning
- Citizen Corps Program
- Regional Special Response Teams and Equipment
- Land-Mobile Radio (LMR) Communication System Infrastructure
Projects that address the regional priorities may be awarded up to ten (10) points may be awarded on the scoring sheet.
If you have any questions about the Homeland Security grant program, process or procedures please contact Harold Ferguson or Lana Gudgel at 254-292-1800
Grant Workshop Schedule
Eligible Organizations interested in applying for Homeland Security or Criminal Justice Grant funds must attend a Grant Workshop. These workshops cover the basics of the following topics, eligibility, project writing, eligible activities, grant writing/application, ethics training, and more. We will be offering four sessions this grant cycle with additional opportunities given on an as-needed basis.
Jurisdictions are only required to attend one workshop per cycle.
If you have any issues or questions regarding the grant workshops please contact Harold Ferguson or Lana Gudgel at 254-292-1800.
Grant Funding Opportunities
All grant applications must be submitted and certified in the eGrants system by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 9th, 2023
The links below contain a grant timeline with key dates and a copy of a letter that was mailed to officials across the region with information about this grant cycle.
Eligibility for Grant Funds
The following resources are designed to assist jurisdictions and agencies in becoming eligible for Homeland Security Grant Program funds. In order to apply for funds, jurisdictions and agencies must complete all necessary actions to become eligible for funding.
Useful Tools and Resources
The following resources are designed to assist jurisdictions and agencies in applying for Homeland Security Grant Program funds. Provided resources include assets to inform jurisdictions and agencies of the process utilized to apply for, prioritize, and allocate grant funding.
- Homeland Security Strategic Plan Goals, Objectives, and Priority Actions Reference Manual
- SHSP Grant Item Checklist
- SHSP Visual Checklist
- Texas Office of the Governor (OOG) eGrants Website
- eGrants User Guide to Creating an Application
- USPS Zip + 4 Look – Up Tool
- Authorized Expenditure List (AEL) Code Reference
- Blank W – 9 Form
- Blank Direct Deposit Form
- Blank Texas Payee ID Form
- National Incident Management System (NIMS) Policy and Procedure Template
- System for Award Management (SAM) Website
- Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts – Procurement and Statewide Support Services
- SHSP So You Were Awarded a Grant Checklist
- Texas Statewide Communications Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC)
- FEMA Resource Typing Library Tool
- NIMS National Integration Center
- National Preparedness Goal
- Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide
- Uniform Grant Management Standards