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Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)

Grants to USA Tribal Governments to Strengthen
Capacity to Respond to Security Threats

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Grants to USA tribal governments in the contiguous states for activities that build tribal capacity to respond to security threats. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks 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) 2020 Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) is one of three grant programs that constitute the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (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 2018 DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, the THSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

The 2018-2022 FEMA Strategic Plan creates a shared vision for reducing the risks posed by terrorism and sets an ambitious, yet achievable, path forward to unify and further professionalize emergency management across the country. The THSGP supports the goals of Building a Culture of Preparedness and of Readying the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters. We invite our stakeholders and partners to also adopt these priorities and join us in building a more prepared and resilient nation.

Finally, for FY 2020, DHS is focused on the criticality of information sharing and collaboration to building a national culture of preparedness and protecting against terrorism and other emerging threats to our national security.


Given the evolving threat landscape, it is incumbent upon DHS/FEMA to continuously evaluate the national risk profile and set priorities that help ensure appropriate allocation of scarce security dollars. In assessing the national risk profile for FY 2020, three areas attract the most concern:

1) Enhancing cybersecurity;

2) Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places; and,

3) Addressing emerging threats (e.g., transnational criminal organizations, weapons of mass destruction [WMD], unmanned aerial systems [UASs], etc.).

Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the homeland security enterprise. The following are second-tier priorities that help recipients implement a comprehensive approach to securing communities:

1) Effective planning;

2) Training and awareness campaigns;

3) Equipment and capital projects; and

4) Exercises.

For more information on funding priorities, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 188303

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Award Ceiling: $15,000,000
Award Floor: $0

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Period of Performance: 36 months
Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): September 1, 2020
Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): August 31, 2023


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. § 124l(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 (UASI) or 2004 (SHSP) 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).

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times
a. Application Start Date: February 14, 2020
b. Application Submission Deadline: April 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET
c. Anticipated Funding Selection Date: No later than 7/1/2020
d. Anticipated Award Date: No later than 9/30/2020

Suggested deadlines for completion:

- Obtain DUNS Number 3/1/2020
- Obtain a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN) 3/1/2020
- Update SAM registration 3/1/2020
- Submit the initial application in 4/8/2020
- Submit the final application in ND Grants , 4/15/2020, 5:00 p.m. ET

If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM. It may take four weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information. Information on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM is available from at:

Applicants can register early with ND Grants and are encouraged to begin their ND Grants registration at the time of this announcement but no later than seven days before the application deadline. Early registration will allow applicants to have adequate time to start and complete their application.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation
Prior to allocation of any Federal preparedness awards in FY 2020, recipients and
subrecipients must ensure and maintain adoption and implementation of NIMS. Detailed
information on NIMS requirements are in the Preparedness Grants Manual.

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