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State Homeland Security Program Grant

CAPCOG has announced the FY 2020 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) Grant application-timeline and process.

The SHSP grants provide funding to address high-priority preparedness gaps across all FEMA core capabilities and mission areas that support terrorism preparedness. The optimized delivery of core capabilities requires a combined effort of multiple organizations and levels of government, from federal to local. Texas applies a regional approach to develop recommendations for funding projects to reach its preparedness goals. Each council of governments receives an allocation for projects addressing terrorism risks within their region. Within CAPCOG, specific use of funds should result in regional benefits to the ten counties in preventing or responding to terrorist activities. Many capabilities that support terrorism preparedness simultaneously support preparedness for other hazards and the resources obtained with awarded funds may be dual-purposed to address any hazard or risk.

The Texas Office of the Governor is expected to post the Request for Applications (RFA) for the SHSP grants on the Texas eGrants management portal by Dec. 13, 2019.

Go to the management portal at eGrants.gov.texas.gov.
(Now available for review.)

Proposed projects shall address identified threats or hazards in the CAPCOG Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), core capability gaps as identified in the regional State Preparedness Report, demonstrate a regional approach, and may either sustain, build, or expand existing homeland security programs.

Submitted applications are peer reviewed and ranked for recommendation to the CAPCOG Homeland Security Task Force and prioritized by the Task Force. The CAPCOG Executive Committee recommends the finalized prioritized list to the Office of the Governor. All applications are subject to final approval by the Office of the Governor’s Homeland Security Grant Division (HSGD).

FEMA has established an additional requirement in 2019 of completing the National Cyber Security Review (NCSR), a cybersecurity assessment, in order to receive funding under SHSP.  Jurisdictions receiving funding through SHSP must complete the NCSR during the time frame designated by FEMA and submit the certificate of submission to both the OOG and to the Homeland Security Division of CAPCOG. Jurisdictions who fail to complete the assessment will not be eligible for future SHSP funding through the grant cycle. The NCSR must be completed between October 1st and November 30th each year before the grant award and through its completion.  

Eligible applicants MUST have a physical location within the 10-county CAPCOG region.

The CAPCOG FY 2019/20 Regional Grant Process outlines the timeline and process for outreach, submittal and prioritization of project applications.

Download the CAPCOG FY19/20 SHSP Regional Grant Process
Contact the CAPCOG homeland security staff with questions

Grant Processes

Important Dates
(Get a complete list of required dates.)

Dec. 10 and Dec. 12, 2019 will be the CAPCOG Mandatory SHSP Grant Workshops. Read more about the workshops below.

Dec. 13, 2019 is the first day entities can submit grant applications on eGrants (The date is tentative). File an application at egrants.gov.texas.gov.

Jan. 23, 2020 is when the application form must be completed in order for CAPCOG to review and rank applications.

Feb. 27, 2020 is the deadline for local jurisdiction’s authorized official to certify to submit the application.

Aug. 31, 2020 is the tentative date that the Office of the Governor announces Ready for Release Notices to awarded applicants. To remain eligible, no expenditures toward a submitted project can commence before notice.

Mandatory SHSP Grant Workshops

All interested parties considering application(s) must send a representative to attend a mandatory workshop. The workshop covers what to expect during the application process including:

  • Who can apply and what activities are eligible for funding
  • Application requirements and supporting documentation
  • Applicable federal and state rules, regulations and certifications required of applicants

An application representative is required to attend one workshop to be eligible for FY 2020 SHSP funds. However, nonprofit organizations are not required to attend the NPSG workshop. Entities that anticipate applying for grant funding only need to attend one mandatory workshop. If a jurisdiction does not send a representative (preferably the project manager or application grant writer), application(s) submitted by the jurisdiction will not be considered for funding.

All workshops will be at:

CAPCOG Pecan Room
6800 Burleson
Building 310, Suite 165
Austin, TX 78744

The times for the workshops are

Grant Application Development

To further assist local jurisdictions in applying for SHSP grant funding, CAPCOG has highlighted specific notes about completing grant applications. The Office of the Governor has provided recommendations for narratives through examples:

Read about the Narrative Tab in egrants.gov.texas.gov.

Read the note about the Budget Tab in egrants.gov.texas.gov. 

Download all the helpful links in a PDF document