Hoeven Announces More than $3.7 Million FEMA Grant for North Dakota

FEMA Also Makes $168 Million in Other Grants Available

WASHINGTON — Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $3,734,500 to North Dakota through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP).

The SHSGP is part of the DHS Homeland Security Grant Program, which is the primary funding source for building and sustaining the state’s capabilities to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from catastrophic events. Hoeven serves on the DHS Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

“Being prepared for a disaster is more than half the battle,” Hoeven said. “This FEMA funding will help us to put in place the tools our state will need to be ready for future disasters.”

Hoeven also announced today that FEMA has made $168 million available to state and local entities for Fiscal Year 2015 in focused Preparedness Grants, for which North Dakota entities may be eligible to apply. These Preparedness Grants are also issued by FEMA to help eligible entities build and sustain preparedness capabilities and are awarded on a competitive basis. The eligibility and application details are provided on FEMA’s website. The relevant grants are as follows:

  • Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) — $100 million: PSGP funds are used to build, maintain and support port security. Inland ports are encouraged to apply.
  • Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) — $55 million: OPSG funds help secure the United States’ border while enhancing cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies throughout states bordering Mexico and Canada.
  • Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) — $10 million: THSGP provides supplemental funding directly to eligible Tribes to help strengthen the Nation against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks. All eligible tribes are encouraged to apply.
  • Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP) — $3 million:  IBSGP funds help transportation companies secure bus transportation to one or more of the DHS’ defined Urban Area Security Initiative jurisdictions.

All of these programs are under the purview. FEMA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).