The Department of Homeland Security has announced that a total of $1.7B in fiscal 2019 funds will be distributed to government agencies, private institutions and nonprofit organizations to support preparedness programs nationwide. From that amount, $2.1B will be divided between six DHS competitive preparedness grant programs, the DHS said Friday.
Meanwhile, as previously announced in May, over $1.3B will be assigned to non-competitive grants. The grants are intended to support high-risk areas in the country.
A portion of the funds will be allocated to preparedness programs connected to 31 heavily-populated urban areas through the Urban Area Security Initiative. Preparedness programs enable citizens to handle both natural disasters and terrorist attacks. The DHS has provided over $51B in funding to preparedness programs since 2002.