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Homeland Security Grant Program: Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)

The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (the 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 efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the five mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery based on allowable costs. 


HSGP is comprised of three interconnected grant programs:

Together, these grant programs fund a range of preparedness activities, including planning, organization, equipment purchase, training, exercises, and management and administration.


Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)  Grants

Provide funds to enhance cooperation and coordination between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and local, Tribal, Territorial, State and Federal law enforcement (LE) agencies. It is a joint mission to secure U.S. borders along routes of access that cross international borders.

Who can Participate in OPSG Grants?
Eligible applicants include local units of government at the Parish level and federally recognized Tribal governments in States with travel corridors bordering Canada (including Alaska), Mexico and States and territories with international water borders
Grants are awarded to the State. The grant Recipient (State) must pass through 100 percent (100%) of OPSG allocations to eligible jurisdictions
What Activities are Funded Through (OPSG) Grants?
Funds can be used for those efforts that help secure U.S. borders, including funds for additional law enforcement, personnel, overtime pay, and travel and lodging for the deployment of local and State personnel to increase our presence along the borders. 
Application Process
The State Administrative Agent (SAA) is the only entity eligible to apply to FEMA for OPSG funds. 
GOHSEP is the SAA.
Awards are based in part on a risk-based prioritization using a CBP sector-specific border risk methodology. Factors considered include – but are not limited to – threat, vulnerability, miles of border and other border-specific law enforcement intelligence.
When is the Application Period?
Grants are generally available annually. FEMA issues a Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (NFOA) when application periods open.


Grant Process Workflow


GOHSEP Preparedness Grant Bulletins  
Bulletin No. 1
Bulletin No. 2
Bulletin No. 3
Bulletin No. 4
Bulletin No. 5
Equipment Disposition Form Download 
Grant Reimbursement Form Download
Instructions for Grant Reimbursement Form Download 
Preparedness Grants Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Download 
Point of Contact - FFATA Form Download
FY 2023 OPSG: Op Order Download 
Preparedness Grants Manual V3 Download
FY 2023: Customs and Border Patrol Agent in Charge Contacts Download
FY 2023: OPSG Overview Download

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Preparedness Grants Information

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Eligible Applicants

State Administrative Agency (SAA)

The State Administrative Agency is the only entity eligible to apply to FEMA for OPSG funds.

Examples of Eligible OPSG Activities

Certain Equipment Purchases
Operational Overtime
Part Time Personnal
Travel Per Diem and Lodging
Vehicle and Equipment Rentals
Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance
Fuel Cost and/or Mileage Reimbursement
Activate Reserve State local, Tribal, and Territorial law enforcement personnel
Backfill cost for personnel supporting operational activities
Law Enforcement Readiness