State and Local Homeland Security Exercise Support

To enhance the capacity of State and local first responders to respond to a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorism incident involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive devices.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Program Accomplishments

This program has supported States and local jurisdictions in planning and conducting homeland security-related exercises. Efforts will be significantly enhanced under this program to assist the States with meeting their exercise-related needs identified in their Statewide Domestic Preparedness Strategies.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds will be used to provide support for planning and conducting exercises at the National, State, and local levels.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are public or private organizations with the expertise and experience to provide assistance to State and local jurisdictions; to facilitate, conduct, and evaluate exercises; and/or to develop guidance, materials and publications related to the conduct of exercises or identification of lessons learned.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local units of government.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372 "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


U.S.A. Patriot Act of 2001, Public Law 107-56; Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2002, Public Law 107-117; Consolidated Appropriations Resolution of 2003, Public Law 108-7; Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004, Public Law 108-90.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.




Refer to program guidance document.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.

Post Assistance Requirements


Recipients are required to submit an initial quarterly progress report for the first full calendar quarter, followed by semi-annual progress reports; Categorical Assistance Progress Reports (CAPR), for the remainder of the grant period.

Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports.

Quarterly "Progress Reports" must include the progress of each sub-grant award.

Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: Jan.

30, April 30, July 30, and Oct.


Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $ est. not available; FY 08 $ est. not avilable; and FY 09 $ est. not avaialable.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

None. Refer to program guidance document.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, Office of Grant Programs, 245 Murray Drive, SW., Washington, DC 20528. Telephone: (202) 282-8000.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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