The OPSG Program supports enhanced cooperation and coordination among Customs and Border Protection (CBP), United States Border Patrol (USBP), and local, Tribal, territorial, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies. The OPSG Program funds' investments in joint efforts to secure the United States' borders along routes of ingress from international borders to include travel corridors in states bordering Mexico and Canada, as well as states and territories with international water borders.
In 2023, the national priority is Information and Intelligence Sharing and Cooperation. Applicants must justify persuasively how they will contribute to the information sharing and collaboration purposes of the OPSG program and a culture of national preparedness.
The FY2023 allocation to the Operation Stonegarden program was $90,000,000. Recipient states can be found on page 8 here: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_grants_ib-490_fy23-award-announcement-preparedness-grants.pdf
The FY2022 allocation to the Operation Stonegarden program was $90,000,000. Recipient states can be found on page 7 here: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_information-bulletin-476-fy222-award-announcement-gpd.pdf
For FY 2023, DHS/FEMA will award OPSG funds based on risk and the anticipated effectiveness of the proposed use of grant funds upon completion of the application review process. The FY 2023 OPSG risk assessment is designed to identify the risk to border security and to assist with the distribution of funds for the grant program. Funding under OPSG is distributed based on the risk to the security of the border and the effectiveness of the proposed projects.
State Administrative Agencies are the only eligible applicants.
OPSG eligible subrecipients are local units of government at the county level or equivalent level of government and federally recognized tribal governments in states bordering Canada or Mexico and states and territories with international water borders. All applicants must have active ongoing USBP operations coordinated through a CBP sector office to be eligible for OPSG funding.
Under the FY 2023 OPSG, subrecipients eligible to apply for and receive a sub-award directly from the SAA are divided into three tiers.
The tier structure is only applicable with regard to eligibility. OPSG funding allocations are based on the assessed border security risks as determined by the U.S. Border Patrol.
SAAs are to apply to FEMA on behalf of state and local agencies by May 18, 2023, 5:00 p.m. ET. Local deadlines vary based on state administration.
Up to $90,000,000 is available in total funding for FY2023. OPSG funds are allocated based on the risk to the security of the border. Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project periods will extend up to 36-months, starting September 1, 2023.