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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday the agency has improved its grant process, in remarks about the department's nearly $1.8 billion in preparedness grants for fiscal 2009.
"These grants provide direct support for regional preparedness, urban security and medical response efforts in communities across the country," Napolitano said. "The new grants management initiative launched this year will generate better value for every grant dollar while strengthening our nation's ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from all disasters."
Napolitano named three areas in which the grant process has changed:
• Fiscal 2009 target allocations were based on stakeholder feedback.
• The DHS dedicated money to projects that have sustainability beyond a single grant program or cycle. "We've made sure our partners know how funds can be used and should be used in sustained ways over time," Napolitano said.
• The process has been streamlined to be more efficient for applicants.
DHS spokeswoman Amy Kudwa commented by e-mail: "As far as sustainability, training is a large component of grant allocations, ensuring that grantees support equipment and programs with the training to keep their staff current and proficient."
Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano announced $50 million in SBInet funding to accelerate deployment of surveillance technology and associated command and control technologies.
More information on DHS programs: www.Homelandsecurityfunding.info
Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA has a number of programs that come under the ARRA. For a list of available financing opportunites, please go to: www.Fema.gov/grants
$424.8 million in Recovery Act grants awarded by DoJ for public safety-related jobs
The Justice Department is dispatching $424 million in new Recovery Act funds to 20 states, territories and the District of Columbia.
The dual purpose of the grants is to maintain or increase public safety, while creating or retaining jobs in the law enforcement community.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds are part of more than $4 billion in Justice Department Recovery Act monies available to assist state, local and tribal law enforcement, according to Attorney General Eric Holder.
The procedure for allocating JAG grants is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics, in combination with a minimum allocation to ensure that each state and territory receives an appropriate share of funding. Sixty percent of the allocation is awarded directly to a state and 40 percent is set aside for units of local government.
The Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS) offers grants to help law enforcement agencies to hire more community policing officers, to acquire new technologies and equipment, to hire civilians for administrative tasks, and to promote innovative approaches to solving crime. The COPS Office Response Center provides information on programs, grants, and application assistance for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The COPS Office Response Center also assists COPS grantees with financial questions and grant-related inquiries about COPS.
For a complete list of DOJ's programs: www.Usdoj.gov/10grants/
For a presentation of the Government source to find and apply for federal government grants: www.grants.gov
GrantsOffice offers websites and webinars, and guidance to apply and obtain grants from various public and private funding sources: grantsoffice.com
For a presentation of Grants Office, please click here
PoliceGrantsHelp.com provides members of the first responder community with a comprehensive resource for Police Grants information and assistance, with an extensive law enforcement grant database, a library of information not only for federal grant programs, but also state, local and corporate grant opportunities.