Through the Texas SHSP, anti-terrorism grants are available to any non-profit, city, county or town government, Native American Tribal government or higher education institutes. The grants are coordinated through the Texas Department of Homeland Security Grants Division (HSGD) under the Office of the Governor (OOG).
Projects need to fall within targets set during the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, which identifies six anti-terrorism focus areas applicants can address:
#1 Intelligence and Information Sharing
Grants funds can be used to help identify and share intelligence among government agencies, assessing threat information and creating public information sharing technology.
#2 Interoperable Communications
Funds can be used to meet industry standards, enhance current capabilities or address capability gaps identified by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) or Texas Interoperable Communications Coalition (TxICC).
#3 Special Response Teams and First Responder Capabilities
Grantees can use the award to address the threats involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) devices or weapons of mass destruction (WMD), as well as providing equipment needs, coordinating training exercises and identifying terrorists.
#4 State, Regional and Local Planning
Funds can be used to develop state preparedness assessments, as well as maintain or update Emergency Operations Plans and train for terrorism prevention, protection and response.
#5 Operational Coordination
Grants should be used to help enhance emergency operation centers and maintaining coordinated operational structure.
#6 Critical Infrastructure
Identifying and protecting critical infrastructure, finding vulnerabilities, and staffing emergency operation centers in the event of an attack.
Minimum grant awards start at $2,500, with no matching requirement.
Deadline for applications is Feb. 28.
Prospective applicants should read through the following Request For Applications (RFA) document from the OOG.