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Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Program

 
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    CFDA#

    97.067
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    Summary

    The Urban Areas Security Initiative (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.


    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 our national security. The threats to our 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 UASI funds. Recipients should allocate a total of 30 percent of their UASI award funds across these six priority areas.


    The following are the six priority areas for FY 2022, along with the minimum corresponding percentage of UASI funds that each recipient will be required to allocate:

    • Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places – 3 percent
    • Enhancing information and intelligence sharing and analysis – 3 percent
    • Combating domestic violent extremism – 3 percent
    • Enhancing cybersecurity – no minimum percent
    • Enhancing community preparedness and resilience – 3 percent
    • Enhancing election security – no minimum percent

    A state or high-risk urban area must allocate the remaining 70 percent of their funding to gaps identified through their Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) process. Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the homeland security enterprise to which recipients should consider allocating funding across core capability gaps and national priorities. The following are enduring needs that help recipients implement a comprehensive approach to securing communities:

    • Effective planning
    • Training and awareness campaigns
    • Equipment and capital projects
    • Exercises
     

    History of Funding

    The FY21 allocation for the Urban Areas Security Initiative was $615,000,000.

    Additional Information

    For FY 2022, each UASI recipient is required to submit an Investment Justification (IJ) for the four National Priority Areas with associated minimum spend requirements. Each of these four investments must also account for at least the relevant minimum percentage (12 percent) of the applicant's UASI allocation. State Administrative Agencies (SAAs) may submit complete project-level information at the time of application, including the National Priority Area IJs, but are not required to do so. As a reminder, all UASI-funded projects must have a demonstrated nexus to achieving target capabilities related to preventing, preparing for, protecting against, and responding to acts of terrorism. However, such projects may simultaneously support enhanced preparedness for disasters unrelated to acts of terrorism. 


    DHS/FEMA also requires UASI recipients (states, territories, and high-risk urban areas) to complete a THIRA/SPR and prioritize grant funding to support closing capability gaps or sustaining capabilities that address national priorities and/or support enduring needs. Additional information on the THIRA/SPR process, including other National Preparedness System (NPS) tools and resources, can be found at https://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-system. Detailed information on THIRA/SPR timelines and deadlines can be found in the Preparedness Grants Manual (https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/178291)

    Contacts

    Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) Award Administration Division

    Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) Award Administration Division
    800 K Street NW
    Washington, DC 20472
     

  • Eligibility Details

    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.

    Deadline Details

    SAA's are to apply to FEMA on behalf of state and local agencies by June 13, 2022. Local deadlines vary based on state administration.  

    Award Details

    Up to $615,000,000 is available in total funding for FY22. UASI funds are allocated based on DHS/FEMA's risk methodology. THIRA/SPR results do not impact grant allocations or awards. A list of eligible urban areas for 2022 is available in the Program Guidance at: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/homeland-security/fy-22-nofo. Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project periods will extend up to 36-months, starting September 1, 2022.

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