The Grant Cycle
Each year, Congress allocates funding for the Homeland Security Grant Program. Federal and state guidance documents provide the Bay Area with instructions on grant requirements. Regional subject matter experts and BA UASI work groups develop project proposals for consideration. As required by the Department Of Homeland Security and Approval Authority Bylaws, all proposals must be regional in nature, have a nexus to terrorism, and be designed to close an identified capability gap. In addition, all proposals must meet priority capability objectives which are developed annually based on the region’s most recent risk analysis.
To be eligible for grant funding, applicants must be either a government entity or sponsored by a government entity within the Bay Area UASI footprint. Applications are submitted online, vetted for grant compliance, and then prioritized. Final approval of all projects rests with the Approval Authority and ultimately with city or county government officials who authorize acceptance of the funds. For more information about the proposal process and eligibility requirements, click here.
After distribution of the awarded funds, jurisdictions are responsible for meeting project milestones and completing approved projects within the grant performance period. As projects are completed, jurisdictions must submit all financial and deliverable documentation in order to receive reimbursement.