Issue Brief 13-14
May 24, 2013

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its fiscal year (FY) 2013 preparedness funding opportunity announcement for the following programs on May 21, 2013:

  • State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP)
  • Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)
  • Operation Stonegarden
  • Emergency Management Performance Grants Program (EMPG)
  • Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program
  • Nonprofit Security Grant Program
  • Intercity Passenger Rail Program (Amtrak)
  • Port Security Grant Program
  • Transit Security Grant Program
  • National Special Security Event Grant Program

Preparedness grant programs fund a wide range of activities including planning, organization, equipment purchase, training, and exercises. Final FY 2013 allocations for the programs listed above total $1.5 billion, an 8.8% increase from $1.4 billion provided in FY 2012. However, a host of programs that are authorized by Congress received no direct funding in FY 2013, which contributed to a -31% decrease in funding compared to FY 2011.