Homeland Security Grant Program
CSFA Number: 588-40-0455
Agency Name
Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (588)
Agency Identification
Agency Contact
Robert Evans
Short Description
The purpose of the HSGP is to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and other catastrophic events and to prepare the nation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States. This grant has two separate funding streams.
Federal Authorization
Section 2002 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. No. 107-296, as amended) (6 U.S.C. § 603)7.
Illinois Statue Authorization
Illinois Administrative Rules Authorization
The HSGP assists state, tribal, territorial and local preparedness activities that address high-priority preparedness gaps across all core capabilities where a nexus to terrorism exists.
Prime Recipient
UGA Program Terms
All applicants must complete and submit the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) Application to be considered for funding. When funding becomes available, the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) considers project requests that meet the following criteria: a.Primary core capability addressed. b.Primary homeland security strategy object and desired outcomes addressed. c.Project sustainability and capability as defined by outcomes and milestones. d.Project ability to be deployed and shared on a statewide basis. e.Project’s origin under a previously awarded Investment Justification. f.Linkage to addressing the Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA) and the State Preparedness Report (SPR).
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations;
Applicant Eligibility
Local unit of government, state agencies and universities, statewide mutual aid organizations
Beneficiary Eligibility
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Subject / Service Area
Public Safety
Credentials / Documentation
Preapplication Coordination
All projects are submitted to IEMA as requested by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF). All projects are based on risk-driven, capabilities-based strategic plans that outline high-priority needs relating to terrorism preparedness. In Illinois, projects are prioritized that support a regional and statewide preparedness effort.
Application Procedures
Submission of an approved project to the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) organization's designated sub-committee prior to completion of the grant application.
Criteria Selecting Proposals
Applications reviewed by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF)
Award Procedures
Applicants are notified of grant award once approved by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF)
The application deadline for HSGP is determined annually by IEMA.
Range of Approval or Disapproval Time
To be determined annually
Formula Matching Requirements
Uses and Restrictions
DHS grant funds may only be used for the purpose set forth in the grant, and must be consistent with the statutory authority for the award. Grant funds may not be used for matching funds for other Federal grants/cooperative agreements, lobbying, or intervention in Federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. In addition, Federal funds may not be used to sue the Federal government or any other government entity. Pre-award costs are allowable only with the written consent of DHS and if they are included in the award agreement. For additional information on allowable activities, please refer to http://www.fema.gov/grants. Federal employees are prohibited from serving in any capacity (paid or unpaid) on any proposal submitted under this program. Federal employees may not receive funds under this award. There may be limitations on the use of HSGP and THSGP funds for the following categories of costs: Management and Administration, Planning, Organization, Equipment, Training, Exercises, Maintenance and Sustainment, Critical Emergency Supplies, Construction and Renovation. For additional details on restrictions on the use of funds, please refer to the FY 2015 HSGP and THSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity. Grantees may only fund investments that were included in the Investment Justifications (IJs) that were submitted to FEMA and evaluated through the peer review process. Funds Transfer Restriction: The recipient is prohibited from transferring funds between programs (includes SHSP, UASI, and OPSG). Recipients are allowed to submit an investment/project where funds come from multiple funding sources (i.e., SHSP/UASI); however, recipients are not allowed to divert funding from one program to another due to the risk-based funding allocations, which were made at the discretion of DHS/FEMA. Awards made to the State Administrative Agency (SSA-IEMA) for HSGP carry additional pass-through requirements. Pass through is defined as an obligation on the part of the SAA to make funds available to local units of government, combinations of local units, tribal governments, or other specific groups or organizations. The SAA's pass through requirement must be met within 45 days of the award date. Four requirements must be met to pass through grant funds: There must be some action to establish a firm commitment on the part of the SAA; There must be documentary evidence (i.e., award document, terms and conditions) of the commitment; and the award terms must be communicated to the official recipient The SAA must obligate at least 80 percent (80%) of the funds awarded under SHSP and UASI to local or Tribal units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds. Receipt of funds occurs when the recipient accepts the award or 15 days after the recipient is notified of the award, whichever comes first. The signatory authority of the SAA must certify in writing to DHS/FEMA that pass-through requirements have been met. A letter of intent (or equivalent) to distribute funds is not considered sufficient. The pass through requirement does not apply to SHSP awards made to the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is required to comply with the pass-through requirement and its SAA must also obligate at least 80 percent (80%) of the funds to local units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds. Any UASI funds retained by the SAA must be used to directly support the designated Urban Areas in the state. The SAA must propose an investment describing how such UASI funds it retains will be used to directly support the Urban Area. Under SHSP, the SAA may retain more than 20 percent (20%) of SHSP funding for expenditure made by the state on behalf of the local unit(s) of government. This may occur only with the written consent of the local unit of government, specifying the amount of funds to be retained and the intended use of funds. If a written consent agreement is already in place from previous fiscal years, DHS/FEMA will continue to recognize it for FY 2015. If modifications to the existing agreement are necessary, the SAA should contact their assigned Headquarters Program Analyst. Per section 2006 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended, (6 U.S.C. § 607), DHS/FEMA is required to ensure that at least 25 percent (25%) of grant funding appropriated for the Homeland Security Grant Program and Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program are used for law enforcement terrorism prevention activities. DHS/FEMA meets this requirement, in part, by requiring all SHSP and UASI recipients to ensure that at least 25 percent (25%) of the combined HSGP funds allocated under SHSP and UASI are dedicated towards law enforcement terrorism prevention activities, as defined in 6 U.S.C. § 607. The LETPA allocation can be from SHSP, UASI or both. This requirement does not include award funds from OPSG. The 25% LETPA allocation is in addition to the 80% pass through requirement to local units of government and Tribes.
Quarterly reports are required during period of performance once grant agreement is fully-executed.
Audit Certifications will be required annually through the GATA portal.
Account Identification
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies annually
Program Accomplishments
Public safety initiatives intended to prevent further acts of terrorism or to respond to further acts of terrorism or other disasters or emergency situations in Illinois.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Indirect Cost restrictions and limitations: Limited to 5% to be included within the Management and Administration (M&A) line for eligible costs.
Regional or Local Assistance Location
IEMA, 2200 South Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield IL 62703
Headquarters Office
IEMA, 2200 South Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield IL 62703
Program Website
Example Projects
Projects will vary annually. The funding is used to address unmet needs by closing gaps identified within the state homeland security strategy.
Published Date
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2015 : $85,857,000
FY 2016 : $85,799,262
FY 2017 : $85,018,500
FY 2018 : $84,501,500
FY 2019 : $83,712,000
FY 2020 : $83,712,000
FY 2021 : $83,107,000
FY 2022 : $82,427,260
FY 2023 : $81,076,910
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
City of Chicago - 58 Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC)09/01/202108/31/202441,026,764
22UACHICAGCity of Chicago - 58 Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC)10/01/202208/31/202540,653,328
City of Chicago - 58 Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC)09/01/202208/31/202540,653,328
23UACHICAGCity of Chicago - 58 Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC)09/01/202308/31/202640,011,649
Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management09/01/202108/31/202420,207,212