Text Size     

Homeland Security Grant Program: State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP)

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.


State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)

Local communities, the State and Federal Government have a vested interest in the prevention of terrorism and other catastrophic events. The goal is to prevent emergencies and/or disasters that could cause major damage or impacts to the State.

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grants assist local, State and Tribal preparedness activities that address high-priority preparedness gaps across core capabilities where an association to terrorism exists


Core capabilities are those capabilities, organized around five (5) mission areas – Prevention, Protection, Response, Recovery and Mitigation – necessary to:

  • Avoid, prevent or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism, within the United States.
  • Secure and protect the homeland against acts of terrorism and man-made or natural disasters
  • Through emergency disaster and response efforts, save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after incident.
  • Assist communities affected by an emergency or disaster event it recover effectively.
  • Lessen the impacts of disasters by reducing the loss of life and property

All supported investments are based on capability targets and gaps identified in achieving those targets, during the Threat + Hazard Identification + Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, and assessed in the State Preparedness Report (SPR).   


Who can Participate in the SHSP Program?

Grants are awarded to the State. Funds are allocated to local governmental units. At least 80% of the funds awarded under SHSP must be obligated to local government units within 45 days of the acceptance of the grant award.


What Activities are Funded Through SHSP?

Activities funded under this grant include planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise needs to prepare for, prevent and protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate against acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.

At least 25% of funds allocated under SHSP and UASI must be dedicated towards law enforcement terrorism prevention activities (LETPA).

See the chart to the right for a more detailed view of eligible activities.

Application Process

The State Administrative Agent (SAA) is the only entity eligible to apply for and administer HSGP program funds.

GOHSEP is the SAA.

When is the Application Period?

FEMA issues a Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (NFOA) when applications periods open.

Grant Process Workflow



GOHSEP Preparedness Grant Bulletins  
Bulletin No. 1
Bulletin No. 2
Bulletin No. 3
Bulletin No. 4
Bulletin No. 5
Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Screening Form Download
Instructions for the EHP Form Download 
Equipment Disposition Form Download 
Grant Reimbursement Form Download
Instructions for Grant Reimbursement Form Download 
Preparedness Grants Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Download 
Louisiana HSGP and EMPG State Investments Download
Point of Contact - FFATA Form Download
Project Allocation Worksheet Download
Project Application Download
Instructions for Project Application Download
Vehicle Certification Download


Need Help?

If you want to know more about SHSP or Preparedness grant opportunities, contact your:



If you are a current recipient of a Preparedness (non-disaster) grant administered by GOHSEP and want to know your grant status, please click below to login to:
Pre-2022 Preparedness Grants should be accessed here.

Preparedness Grants Information

To check Preparedness grant deadlines and records retention requirements, click the link below:

Eligible Applicants

State Administrative Agency (SAA)

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

Examples of Eligible SHSP Activities

Certain Equipment Purchases
Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) Upgrades
Maintenance contracts + repair/replacement cost + upgrades + user fees
Management + administration (M+A) of the grant
Planning, including development of:
Emergency Operations Plan
All-threats Mitigation Plan
Communications Plans
Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and Administrative Plans
Whole Community Engagement Plans
Resource Management Plans
Pre-event Response/Recovery/Mitigation Plans
Recovery Plans [consistent with National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF)]
Staffing to include (not a comprehensive list):
State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO)
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Positions
Citizen Corps Positions
Dedicated planners + training + exercise officers
Threat + risk assessments
Training programs