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FY 2021 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)

This opportunity is maintained by Preparedness
Type: Preparedness

Eligible Entities: Cities, Counties, Towns

Originally Posted: July 28, 2021

Applications Open: February 25, 2021

Applications Close: April 30, 2021


Funding for this program is provided to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). VDEM is the State Administrative Agency for this program. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Grant Programs Directorate (GPD).

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 97.067 CFDA Title: Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)

On February 25, 2021, FEMA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY 2021 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP). This competitive grant provides funding in support of efforts to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) are two components of HSGP.

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) supports State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Governments (SLTT) efforts in building capacity to prevent terrorism.

Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) supports efforts to build capabilities to prevent terrorism in high-density Urban Area with high-threat.

Federal Fiscal Year 2021 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) Grant VDEM Stakeholder Input
Due to the current COVID-19 state-wide vaccination rollout and the effort required by many of our community partners, Preparedness Grants cancelled the February 16, 2021 FY 2021 SHSP Stakeholder Meeting. VDEM facilitated the review and comment period for the FY 2021 SHSP program parameters with stakeholders and partners input electronically. To view the funding year 2021 SHSP scoring criteria, download the rubric in the attachments library.

FY 2021 SHSP Peer Reviewer Application Announcement
The Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security (SPSHS) and Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) are requesting voluntary peer reviewers to review FY 2021 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) project proposals. Participation will provide reviewers the unique opportunity to gain insight into the evaluation process and learn about innovative projects being pursued by their peers.

SPSHS & VDEM seeks peer reviewers who are:

  • Experienced homeland security professionals (such as the Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) state agency leadership), Urban Area Working Group members, emergency management response personnel or academics with a background in homeland security/emergency management.
  • Representative of a variety of disciplines with significant homeland security expertise.
  • Familiar with the Virginia Homeland Security Strategic Plan, Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) or State Preparedness Report (SPR).

Peer reviewers will independently review and score projects online at their convenience May 14, 2021 through May 28, 2021. The review process for FY 2021 is expected to take 10-15 hours to complete. If you are interested in being a peer reviewer, please register by April 30, 2021 at:

Application Announcement
Applications will only be accepted online through the designated application portal.

Key Dates
Application Period Open: Open
Closes on Friday, April 30, 2021
Projected period of performance (POP) is October 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023.

The purpose of the Federal Fiscal Year FY 2021 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) is to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and to prepare Virginia for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to its security. Through SHSP, VDEM will be allocating $3,676,800 for local competitive grants and $3,400,000 to non-competitive grants, to implement investments that build, sustain, and deliver FEMA’s 32 core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient Nation. Building, sustaining, and delivering 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 the core capabilities across the five mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery based on allowable costs. The HSGP supports the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Mission to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

SHSP funds a range of activities, including planning, organization, equipment purchase, training, exercises, and management and administration across all core capabilities and mission areas. Eighty percent (80%) of SHSP funds must be passed through to local or tribal units of government. At least twenty-five percent (25%) of the overall SHSP funds received by the state must be dedicated towards law enforcement terrorism prevention activities (LETPA). Thirty percent (30%) of SHSP funds must be used for National Priorities as described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

National Priorities and Funding Priorities
The FY 2021 SHSP, five investment areas have been identified as National Priorities by DHS/FEMA:

  • Enhancing cybersecurity
  • Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places
  • Enhancing information and intelligence sharing and analysis, and cooperation with federal agencies, including DHS
  • Combating domestic violent extremism (NEW priority for FY 2021)
  • Addressing emergent threats (e.g., transnational criminal organizations, unmanned aircraft systems [UASs], weapons of mass destruction [WMD], etc.)

In addition to the five National Priorities, the following investment areas, considered by FEMA as enduring security needs, will be utilized to evaluate project proposals:

  • Effective planning;
  • Training and awareness campaigns;
  • Equipment and capital projects; and
  • Exercise

Application Instructions

Eligible Applicant Categories and Application Instructions
Eligible applicants (sub-recipients) are local units of government within the Commonwealth (county, city, agency of a local government. A local jurisdiction may act as a host on behalf of an entity, including state agencies, to address critical needs.

FY 2021 SHSP Local Competitive Grant Applicants
Download and save the following proposal form.

  • FY2021 SHSP Competitive Application [See Attachments]

FY 2021 SHSP Special Ops Teams Grant Applicants (Non-Competitive)
Download and save the following proposal form.

  • FY2021 SHSP Special Ops Teams Application [See Attachments]
  • List of FY 2021 SHSP Special Ops Teams [See Attachments]

FY 2021 HR UASI Applicants
Please direct all inquiries to John Sadler at

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