Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)
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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The UASI Program assists high-threat, high-density Urban Areas in efforts to build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. The UASI program is intended to provide financial assistance to address the unique multi-discipline planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas, and to assist these areas in building and sustaining capabilities to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from threats or acts of terrorism using the Whole Community approach.
In developing applications for UASI, recipients are encouraged to consider national areas for improvement identified, which include the following core capabilities:
Activities implemented with UASI funds must support terrorism preparedness by building or enhancing capabilities that relate to the prevention of, protection from, mitigation of, response to or recovery from terrorism in order to be considered eligible. However, many capabilities which support terrorism preparedness simultaneously support preparedness for other hazards. Grantees must demonstrate the dual-use quality for any activities implemented that are not explicitly focused on terrorism preparedness. Urban Areas must use UASI funds to employ regional approaches to overall preparedness and are encouraged to adopt regional response structures whenever appropriate. UASI program implementation and governance must include regional partners and should have balanced representation among entities with operational responsibilities for prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery activities within the region.
- Infrastructure Systems;
- Access Control and Identity Verification;
- Economic Recovery;
- Housing; and
- Long-term Vulnerability Reduction.
History of Funding
The FY16 allocation for the Urban Areas Security Initiative was $587,000,000.
Pass-through is defined as an obligation on the part of the States to make funds available to local units of government, combinations of local units, or other specific groups or organizations. The States pass-through requirement must be met within 45 days of the award date.
Awards are made to State Administrative Agencies (SAAs) that house identified the urban areas. State agencies, local law enforcement agencies, and other nonprofit organizations may apply to states for sub-grants.
SAAs were to apply to FEMA on behalf of state and local agencies by April 25, 2016. Local deadlines vary based on state administration.
Up to $587,000,000 is anticipated to be available for funding in FY 2017. Awards will last for 36 months. Cost sharing/matching is not required.
UASI funds are allocated based on DHS/FEMA's risk methodology. A list of state/urban area allocations for 2016 is available in Appendix A in the official program guidance.
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