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Capacity to Respond to Security Threats

Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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06/13/22 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA tribal governments and consortia in the contiguous states for activities that build capacity to respond to security threats. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take four weeks or more to complete. Funding is intended to provide eligible tribes with opportunities to strengthen their capacities to prevent, prepare for, protect against and respond to potential terrorist attacks.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) is one of three grant programs that constitute DHS/FEMA's focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS to help strengthen the nation's communities against potential terrorist attacks. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, the THSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

For FY 2022, DHS is focused on the criticality of information sharing and collaboration to building a national culture of preparedness and protecting against terrorism and other threats to national security. The threats to the nation have evolved during the past two decades. We now face continuous cyber threats by sophisticated actors, threats to soft targets and crowded places, and threats from domestic violent extremists who currently pose the greatest terrorism threat to the nation. Therefore, for FY 2022, DHS has identified six priority areas related to the most serious threats to the nation. Recipients are expected to address those priority areas with their THSGP funds.

Given the evolving national security threat landscape, DHS/FEMA continuously evaluates the national risk profile and sets priorities that help inform appropriate allocation of scarce security dollars. In assessing the national risk profile for FY 2022, six areas attract the most concern:

  1. Enhancing cybersecurity;
  2. Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places;
  3. Enhancing information and intelligence sharing and analysis;
  4. Combating domestic violent extremism;
  5. Enhancing community preparedness and resilience; and
  6. Enhancing election security.

For more information about the FY 2022 priorities, see page 4 and page 16 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below. For allowable costs, see page 19 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 188303

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Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance: 36 months
Extensions to the period of performance are allowed. For additional information on period of performance extensions, please refer to Section H of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.
- Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): September 1, 2022
- Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): August 31, 2025


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive THSGP funding, recipients must be directly eligible tribes. Directly eligible tribes are federally recognized tribes that meet the criteria set forth in Section 2001 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. § 601).

Federally recognized tribes are those tribes appearing on the list published by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994 (Pub. L. No.103-454) (25 U.S.C. § 5131).

Per 6 U.S.C. § 601(4), a “directly eligible tribe” is any federally recognized Indian Tribe that meets the following criteria:
(A) Any Indian Tribe―
(i) that is located in the continental United States;
(ii) that operates a law enforcement or emergency response agency with the capacity to respond to calls for law enforcement or emergency services;
(I) that is located on or near (100 miles) an international border or a coastline bordering an ocean (including the Gulf of Mexico) or international waters;
(II) that is located within 10 miles of a system or asset included on the prioritized critical infrastructure list established under section 2214(a)(2) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. § 664(a)(2) or has such a system or asset within its territory;
(III) that is located within or contiguous to one of the 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas in the United States; or
(IV) the jurisdiction of which includes not less than 1,000 square miles of Indian country, as that term is defined in section 1151 of title 18, United States Code; and
(iv) that certifies to the Secretary of Homeland Security that a state has not provided funds under section 2003 (Urban Area Security Initiative) or 2004 (State Homeland Security Program) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. § 604 or 605, respectively) to the Indian Tribe or consortium of Indian Tribes for the purpose for which direct funding is sought; and
(B) A consortium of Indian Tribes if each tribe satisfies the requirements of subparagraph (A).

In summary, directly eligible tribes must meet each of the requirements set forth in (A)(i), (A)(ii), and (A)(iv). Tribes must also meet at least one of the requirements set forth in (A)(iii), that is either (A)(iii)(I), (A)(iii)(II), (A)(iii)(III), or (A)(iii)(IV). Finally, under subparagraph (B), a consortium may also be eligible to be a recipient if each Indian Tribe in the consortium meets the criteria for a directly eligible tribe under subparagraph (A).

In FY 2022, applicants must self-certify as to whether they meet the eligibility requirements. Self-certification will be provided on the THSGP Eligibility Certification Form as part of the application Investment Justification (IJ). Additionally, DHS/FEMA will verify grant recipient eligibility against these criteria. Any questions regarding an applicant’s proximity to a Critical Infrastructure site, as described in the eligibility criteria, may be directed to the Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID).

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation: THSGP recipients are required to work toward adopting and implementing NIMS. The list of objectives used for progress and achievement reporting is on FEMA’s website at Please see the Preparedness Grants Manual for more information on NIMS.

An application submitted by an otherwise eligible non-federal entity (i.e., the applicant) may be deemed ineligible when the person that submitted the application is not: 1) a current employee, personnel, official, staff, or leadership of the non-federal entity; and 2) duly authorized to apply for an award on behalf of the non-federal entity at the time of application.

Further, the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) must be a duly authorized current employee, personnel, official, staff, or leadership of the recipient and provide an email address unique to the recipient at the time of application and upon any change in assignment during the period of performance. Consultants or contractors of the recipient are not permitted to be the AOR of the recipient.

For funding restrictions, see page 19 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times
a. Application Start Date: May 13, 2022
b. Application Submission Deadline: June 13, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET
c. Anticipated Funding Selection Date: No later than August 17, 2022
d. Anticipated Award Date: No later than September 30, 2022
e. Other Key Dates: (suggested deadlines for completion)
- Obtaining Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) Number: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN): Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Creating an account with Four weeks before actual submission deadline Registering in SAM or updating SAM registration: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering in Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering in ND Grants: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Starting application in Two weeks before actual submission deadline
- Submitting the final application in ND Grants: By the submission deadline

Cost share or cost match is not required under this program. Applicants that propose a cost share will not receive additional consideration in the scoring


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