The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced the availability of more than $2 billion for several preparedness grant programs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. These programs, as always, provide critical funding to help state and local officials prepare for, prevent, protect against, and respond to all types of hazards. And like years past, the FY 2023 grant programs continue to focus on the nation’s highest-risk areas, including urban ones that face the most significant threats and national priorities.  

Following are the preparedness grant allocations, both non-competitive and competitive, for FY 2023:  

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP): Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)  This non-competitive grant provides $615 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 40 high-threat, high-density urban areas. Five additional urban areas will receive funding to build and sustain capabilities in an evolving threat environment. According to DHS, this represents Congressional intent to limit these funds to those urban areas that represent up to 85% of the nationwide risk.  

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP): State Homeland Security Grant Program – This non-competitive grant provides $415 million to support the implementation of risk-driven, capabilities-based state homeland security strategies to address capability targets.  

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