The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week announced the final allocations for 12 preparedness grant programs, $2.1 billion in total for FY ’11, which is $780 million less than in FY ’10.
Most of the grant funding is locked up in the Homeland Security Grant program, which accounts for $1.3 billion, with the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) getting $662.6 million and the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) pegged for $526.9 million.
Among the Tier 1 UASI recipients, the New York City area nabbed the largest share of funds, $151.6 million, followed by Los Angeles/Long Beach with $69.9 million and the Washington, D.C. area with $59.4 million. Rounding out the top five are Chicago with $54.7 million and California’s Bay Area with $42.8 million.
Under the SHSP, New York took the lion’s share with $91.2 million, followed by California with $73 million, Texas with $28.6 million, Illinois $20.2 million and Florida $16.5 million.
“In today’s tight fiscal environment, we are setting clear priorities and focusing on the areas that face the greatest risk to maximize our limited grant dollars,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement.
Among some of the other grant programs, next in line in terms of overall dollars are the Emergency Management Performance Grants, $329 million, Port Security Grants, $235 million, Transit Security Grants, $200 million, and Driver’s License Security Grants, $45 million.