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2020 Urban Area Security Initiative – Regular Projects (UASI-R)

Grants to Texas IHEs, Agencies, and Nonprofits in Urban Areas
for Catastrophe Response and Terrorism Prevention

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Texas Office of the Governor (OOG) - Public Safety Office - Homeland Security Grants Division (HSGD)

Deadline Date:

03/26/20 5:00 PM CST


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Grants to Texas universities, colleges, state and local agencies, and nonprofits for projects that increase security and resiliency to hazards and threats in eligible urban areas of the state. Funding is intended for protection, prevention, response, mitigation, and recovery activities. Applicants must be located in high-density urban areas such as Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Area, the Houston Area, and the San Antonio Area.

The Homeland Security Grants Division (HSGD) is soliciting applications for projects that support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and other catastrophic events and prepare for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of Texas citizens. HSGD provides funding to implement investments that build, sustain, and deliver the 32 core capabilities essential to achieving a secure and resilient state.

The purpose of this solicitation is to assist high-threat, high-density Urban Areas in efforts to build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. All investments must be consistent with capability targets set during the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, and gaps identified in the Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR).

The UASI is intended to support investments that improve the ability of jurisdictions to:

  • Prevent a threatened or an actual act of terrorism;
  • Protect its citizens, residents, visitors, and assets against the greatest threats and hazards;
  • Mitigate the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of future catastrophic events;
  • Respond quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident; and/or
  • Recover through a focus on the timely restoration, strengthening, accessibility and revitalization of infrastructure, housing, and a sustainable economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historic, and environmental fabric of communities affected by a catastrophic incident.

Many activities which support the achievement of target capabilities related to terrorism preparedness may simultaneously support enhanced preparedness for other hazards unrelated to acts of terrorism. However, all UASI projects must assist grantees in achieving target capabilities related to preventing, preparing for, protecting against, or responding to acts of terrorism.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185564

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum: $2,500
Maximum: None

Term of Contract:

Projects selected for funding must begin between September 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021, and expire on
or before August 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be located within a designated high-risk Urban Area receiving a FY 2019 federal allocation based upon an analysis of the relative risk of terrorism faced by the 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas in the United States. Most recently, these areas in Texas include the Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Area, the Houston Area, and the San Antonio Area.

Applications from the following entities will be considered*:
a. State agencies;
b. Regional councils of governments;
c. Units of local government;
d. Nonprofit organizations; and
e. Universities or Colleges.
*Note: All applicant entities must have a mission to serve in an Urban Area operational role or be partnering on plans, training, and exercises within the Urban Area.

Entities receiving funds from HSGD must be located in a county that has an average of 90% or above on both adult and juvenile dispositions entered into the computerized criminal history database maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) as directed in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 60. This disposition completeness percentage is defined as the percentage of arrest charges a county reports to DPS for which a disposition has been subsequently reported and entered into the computerized criminal history system.

Eligible applicants operating a law enforcement agency must be current on reporting Part I violent crime data to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for inclusion in the annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR). To be considered eligible for funding, applicants must have submitted a full twelve months of accurate data to DPS for the most recent calendar year.

See Page 4 of the RFA in Attached Files below for a comprehensive list of unallowable costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Funding Announcement Release: 3/3/20
- Online System Opening Date: 3/3/20
- Final Date to Submit and Certify an Application: 3/26/20 at 5:00 PM CST

Applicants must contact the applicable Urban Area Working Group (UAWG) regarding their application.

Eligible applicants must have a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number assigned to its agency.

Eligible applicants must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) database.

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USA: Texas: Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Area, the Houston Area, and the San Antonio Area

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