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Grants to Texas Local Governments and Tribes to Improve Law Enforcement and Reduce Crime

Local Border Security Program (LBSP)

GrantWatch ID# 180191
Agency: State

Funding Source
Texas Office of the Governor (OOG) - Public Safety Office (PSO) - Homeland Security Grants Division (HSGD)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Texas

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/17/23 5:00 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Texas government agencies and tribes in eligible counties to coordinate efforts and operations related to border security enforcement. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to reduce border-related criminal activity. Eligible expenses include personnel, equipment, supplies, and direct operating costs. Eligible applicants are located in a county within one of the six DPS Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers (JOIC) Regions.

Operation Border Star centers on the use of intelligence to increase the effectiveness of federal, state, and local law enforcement assets. The purpose of the program is to sustain interagency law enforcement operations and enhance local law enforcement patrols to facilitate directed actions to deter and interdict criminal activity. Program participants shall assist in the execution of coordinated border security operations in an effort to:

  • Increase the effectiveness and impact of Steady State and Surge Operations.
  • Reduce border-related criminal activity in Texas.
  • Implement and increase the effectiveness of operational methods, measures, and techniques for outbound/southbound operations.
  • Decrease the supply of drugs smuggled into and through Texas from Mexico.
  • Disrupt and deter operations of gang and cartel criminal organizations.
  • Decrease specifically targeted tactics (such as conveyance methods) for drugs in the Texas border region.
  • Decrease use of specific areas for crime as targeted in directed action missions.
  • Increase the effectiveness of air operations mission planning and prioritization.
  • Increase the coordination and integration of air-ground team operations to include Texas Military Forces (TMF) aviation, United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) Air and Marine, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Aircraft Division, and United States Coast Guard (USCG) aviation support.
  • Increase the effectiveness of directed action missions based upon intelligence and analysis to ensure they target the most serious threats and are conducted in high pay-off areas.
  • Increase the number and quality of analytical intelligence products developed at the Unified Command and state levels.
  • Increase intelligence-based operations at the Unified Command level through integration of TxMap, sector specific information, and intelligence analysis.
  • Aid in the humane retrieval and processing of the remains of undocumented migrants.

For eligible costs and activities, see the Grant Announcement document in RFP & Supporting Documents below, page 3.

For program-specific requirements, see the Grant Announcement document in RFP & Supporting Documents below, page 4.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Organizations
1. Units of local government; and
2. Federally Recognized Native American tribes.
3. Eligible applicants must be located within a County within one of the six DPS Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers (JOIC) Regions.

For details on eligibility requirements, see the Grant Announcement document in RFP & Supporting Documents below, page 6.

Additional Geographic Information:

Eligible applicants must be located in a County within one of the six DPS Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers (JOIC) Regions including:
a) El Paso JOIC – El Paso County.
b) Coastal Bend JOIC – Aransas County, Bee County, Calhoun County, Dewitt County, Goliad County, Gonzales County, Guadalupe County, Jackson County, Jim Wells County, Karnes County, Kleberg County, Lavaca County, Live Oak County, Matagorda County, McMullen County, Nueces County, Refugio County, San Patricio County, Victoria County, and Wharton County.
c) Marfa JOIC – Brewster County, Culberson County, Hudspeth County, Jeff Davis County, Pecos County, Presidio County, Reeves County, and Terrell County.
d) Del Rio JOIC – Dimmit County, Edwards County, Kinney County, Maverick County, Real County, Uvalde County, Val Verde County, and Zavala County.
e) Laredo JOIC – Duval County, Frio County, Jim Hogg County, La Salle County, Webb County, and Zapata County.
f) Rio Grande Valley JOIC – Brooks County, Cameron County, Hidalgo County, Kenedy County, Starr County, and Willacy County.

For details on funding prohibitions, see the Grant Announcement document in RFP & Supporting Documents below, page 7.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates
- Funding Announcement Release: 01/13/2023
- Online System Opening Date: 01/13/2023
- Final Date to Submit and Certify an Application: 03/17/2023 at 5:00pm CST
- Earliest Project Start Date: 09/01/2023

Match Requirement: None

Eligible applicants must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) database and have an UEI (Unique Entity ID) number assigned to its agency (to get registered in the SAM database and request an UEI number, go to

Estimated Size of Grant
- Minimum: None
- Maximum: None

Term of Contract
Projects selected for funding must begin on or after September 1, 2023 and expire on or before August 31, 2024.

Contact Information
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RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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