Homeland Security grants available for Wyoming communities

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The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security invites eligible entities to apply for grant funding. The fiscal year 2021 State Homeland Security Grant and the Nonprofit Security Grant Program grants are open for applications.

Both of these grants are 100 percent federally funded and provide funding to eligible applicants based on Wyoming’s homeland security strategies and priorities.

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The State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP) provides grants to support the implementation of risk-driven, capabilities-based state homeland security strategies to address capability gaps and sustain existing capabilities.

This year, the priority areas defined within the grant are Enhancing Cyber Security, Enhancing of Soft Targets/Crowded Places, Enhancing Information and Intelligence Sharing, Combating Domestic Violent Extremism and Addressing Emergent Threats.

“This grant allows our communities the opportunity to apply for funding to help mitigate the consequences of ever-increasing and changing threats,” Wyoming Office of Homeland Director Lynn Budd said.

The SHSP provides funds to assist state, local and tribal efforts to build, sustain, and deliver the capabilities necessary to prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism. The fiscal year 2021 SHSP grant award for Wyoming is approximately $4.5 million.

State, local, tribal governments and other special districts are eligible to apply for funding. At least 25 percent of the combined SHSP funds allocated must be dedicated toward law enforcement terrorism prevention activities. The state must pass through 80 percent of the grant allocation to local entities.

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack due to their ideology, beliefs or mission. Eligible applicants include organizations that meet the IRS 501 (c)(3) requirements. The total award for Wyoming is approximately $1 million.

These grant awards are preliminary figures and are subject to change. The deadline for grant applications is April 16, 2021. For more information about these grants, visit the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security website at hls.wyo.gov or call 307-777-4900.

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