Grant Details

Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    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:
    • Cybersecurity;
    • Infrastructure Systems;
    • Access Control and Identity Verification;
    • Economic Recovery;
    • Housing; and
    • Long-term Vulnerability Reduction.
    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. For information regarding allowable costs, see Appendix F of the 2017 Program Guidance at:

    History of Funding

    The FY16 allocation for the Urban Areas Security Initiative was $587,000,000.

    Additional Information

    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.


    FEMA Call Center

    FEMA Call Center
    500 C Street SW
    Washington', DC 20472
    (866) 927-5646

  • 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

    SAAs were to apply to FEMA on behalf of state and local agencies by June 22, 2017.  Local deadlines vary based on state administration.  

    Award Details

    Up to $580,000,000 is available in total funding for FY 2017.  UASI funds are allocated based on DHS/FEMA's risk methodology.  A list of eligible urban areas for 2017 is available in Appendix A in the 2017 Program Guidance at Awards will last for 36 months. Cost sharing/matching is not required.


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