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DHS Unveils $1.6B in FY22 Preparedness Grant Programs; Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

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Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and a previous Wash100 Award winner, has announced $1.6 billion in fiscal year 2022 grant programs that intend to help state and local government officials prevent, respond and protect against terrorist attacks and other hazards.

Mayorkas said in a statement published Friday the Nonprofit Security Grant Program will see its funding increase by $70 million to $250 million to enable more nonprofit organizations to introduce physical security improvements to help protect against attacks.

“This year, I have designated two new national priority areas for the FY 2022 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant programs: Community Preparedness and Resilience; and Election Security,” he noted.

UASI will get an allocation of $615 million, while SHSP will receive $415 million in funding. Other preparedness grant programs and their respective FY 2022 allocations are listed below.

  • Emergency Operations Center Grant Program – $49 million 
  • Homeland Security Grant Program: Operation Stonegarden – $90 million 
  • Intercity Bus Security Grant Program – $2 million 
  • Intercity Passenger Rail – $10 million 
  • Port Security Grant Program – $100 million 
  • Transit Security Grant Program – $93 million 
  • Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program – $15 million


The department has outlined six national priority areas in the grant cycle for FY 2022: cybersecurity; community preparedness and resilience; election security; soft targets and crowded places; domestic violent extremism; intelligence and information sharing.

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