Urban Areas Security Initiative

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.

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Program Accomplishments

Urban areas have completed threat, vulnerability, capabilities, and needs assessments and have developed Urban Area Homeland Security Strategies. The strategies identify the needs for planning, organization, equipment, training, exercises, and technical assistance.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds provided under this grant are designed to address the unique needs of large urban areas and mass transit authorities.

Funds can be used for equipment, training, exercises and planning.

Urban Areas must utilize their Urban Area Homeland Security Strategy and the State's Program and Capability Enhancement Plan as the basis for requesting funds.

There must be a clear correlation between the goals, objectives, and priorities identified in the Urban Area Homeland Security Strategy and UASI program activities.

In addition, the Urban Area Homeland Security Strategy must also be consistent with and supportive of the State Homeland Security Strategy and the Program and Capability Enhancement Plan submitted by the State as part of the HSGP application.

The UASI Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides funds to support security enhancements to property owned or leased by nonprofit organizations at high risk of attack from terrorist organizations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility: Selected city or combined entities identified within the current year Homeland Security Grant Program guidance and application kit.

States that contain the selected cities will be notified of their eligibility to apply for this grant.

The State agency with overall responsibility for developing the State Homeland Security Strategy and administering homeland security grant programs will be responsible for the administration of this program.In addition, Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations that are at deemed high risk of a potential terrorist attack and are located within one of the specific UASI-eligible urban areas are eligible to submit applications through their State Administrative Agency (SAA) for (NSGP) funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Local governments.



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.


Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007,Public Law 110-53 and the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2008, Division E, Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.




Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Funds are allocated based on analysis of risk and the effectiveness of proposed investments by the applicants. Risk for UASI jurisdictions is evaluated using a consistent methodology of threat, vulnerability, and consequences. There is no match requirement for this program.

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


Grantees are required to submit an Initial Strategy Implementation Plan (ISIP) within 60 days of the grant award date.

Categorical Assistance Progress Reports (CAPR) and Biannual Strategy Implementation Reports (BSIR) are required semi-annually.

The CAPR and BSIR are due within 30 days after the end of the reporting period (July 30 with a reporting period of January 1 through June 30, and January 30 with a reporting period of July 1 through December 31) for the life of the award.

Grantees are also required to submit quarterly Financial Status Reports (FSR).

The FSR are due 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter on January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final CAPR, BSIR, and FSR reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award, whichever occurs first.


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



(Grants) FY 07 $24,007,500 (remaining funding included in 97.067); FY 08 $862,925,000; and FY 09 est $825,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For regulations and guidelines please refer to the UASI section of the HSGP solicitation guidance and application kit.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security 245 Murray Lane, Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20528.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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