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2022 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)

This opportunity is maintained by Preparedness Grant Programs

Program Status


Eligible Entities

Cities, Counties

Applications Open

April 13, 2022

Applications Close

June 13, 2022

Originally Posted

April 13, 2022

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FY22 SHSP Applications close Monday, June 13, at 5:00PM

Instructions to Applicants

FY 2022 SHSP Application Announcement

Applications will only be accepted online through the designated application portal.

Key Dates

  • Application Period Open: April 13, 2022
  • Closes on, Monday, June 13, 2022
  • Projected period of performance (POP) is October 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024.

On behalf of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) has opened the application cycle for the FY 2022 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). Applications are due to VDEM by June 13, 2022. 

Federal Fiscal Year 2022 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) Grant Notification (CFDA 97.067)

Funding for this program is provided to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). VDEM is the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for this program. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Grant Programs Directorate (GPD).

FEMA released the FY 2022 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) on May 13, 2022. In order to ensure a timely application process, VDEM is hereby announcing the opening of the application period for the State of Virginia grant proposals. This competitive grant provides funding in support of local efforts to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) are two components of HSGP. All projects will be evaluated and awarded in accordance with the FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). This is the link to the FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) supports State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Governments (SLTT) efforts in building capacity to prevent terrorism.

Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) supports efforts to build capabilities to prevent terrorism in high-density Urban Area(s) with high-threat.



The purpose of the FY 2022 SHSP is to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and to prepare Virginia for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to its security. Consistent with years past, VDEM will continue to allocate funds for local competitive and non-competitive grants, which support special operation teams for Hazardous Materials, Search and Rescue, Incident Management Teams, and Radio Caches. The funding amounts for these allocations will be determined once the NOFO is released. These funds are to be used to implement investments that build, sustain, and deliver FEMA’s 32 Core Capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient Nation. Building, sustaining, and delivering core capabilities are not exclusive to any single level of government, organization, or community, but rather, require the combined effort of the whole community. The HSGP supports the core capabilities across the five mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery based on allowable costs. The HSGP supports the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Mission to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

SHSP may fund a range of activities including planning, organization, equipment purchase, training, exercises, and management and administration across all core capabilities and mission areas. Eighty percent (80%) of SHSP funds must be passed through to local units of government.

At least thirty percent (30%) of the overall SHSP funds received by the state must be dedicated towards law enforcement terrorism prevention activities (LETPA). Thirty percent (30%) of SHSP funds must be used for National Priorities as described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity NOFO. VDEM will be evaluating and awarding funds to fulfill the 30% National Priority thresholds as well as to maximize the new FY2022 State SHSP Priorities.

National Priorities and State Funding Priorities

The funding priorities and investment areas listed below include the National Priorities and Commonwealth of Virginia Priorities (which include the 6 National Priorities). The six (6) FY 2022 investment areas that have been proposed as National Priorities by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prior to the release of the NOFO are listed below. The nine (9) FY 2022 Commonwealth of Virginia SHSP Priorities were determined by an analysis of state-wide and regional security capability gaps through the Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR), and the Local Capability Assessment Report (LCAR).

  FY22 SHSP Categories National Priority  State Priority General 
Enhancing Cybersecurity √ √   
Enhancing the Protection of Soft Targets/Crowed Places √ √   
Enhancing Information and Intelligence Sharing and Cooperation with Federal Agencies √ √   
Combating Domestic Violent Extremism √ √   
Enhancing Election Security √     
Enhancing Community Preparedness & Readiness √     
Mass Care and Transportation   √   
Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Supply Chain Integrity   √   
Local and Tribal Capacity Assessments   √   
10 Foreign Language and American Sign Language Interpretation for Disasters   √   
11 Emerging Threats   √   
12 Interoperability     √ 
13 Law Enforcement     √ 
14 Focused Planning with Nexus to Terrorism Preparedness     √ 
15 Response Equipment with Nexus to Terrorism Preparedness     √ 
16 Training and Exercises with Nexus to Terrorism Preparedness     √ 
17 Hazmat (Local Non-State Special Operations Teams)     √ 
18 IMT (Local Non-State Special Operations Teams)     √ 
19 Radio Cache (Local Non-State Special Operations Teams)     √ 
20 Technical Rescue (Local Non-State Special Operations Teams)     √ 
21 UAS (Local Non-State Special Operations Teams)     √ 

Competitive Proposal Scoring

All scoring criteria and weights that were determined by the Stakeholder Workshop in 2018, and were voted to remain the same in 2019, remain the same through 2020, 2021, and now the FY 2022 cycle.

VDEM’s strategy is to align the state and national priorities with the funding proposals through the competitive process. Where national priorities have a minimum threshold, VDEM will possibly need to adjust scoring below the cutline to ensure that national minimum thresholds are met. Projects that do not meet one of the state’s priorities will not score high and likely will not be funded.

Eligible Applicant Categories and Application Instructions

Eligible applicants (sub-recipients) are local units of government within the Commonwealth (county, city, agency of a local government. A local jurisdiction may act as a host on behalf of an entity, including state agencies, to address critical needs. Per Code of Virginia 44-146.19. Powers and duties of political subdivisions: Each political subdivision within the Commonwealth shall be within the jurisdiction of and served by the Department of Emergency Management and be responsible for local disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Each political subdivision shall maintain in accordance with state disaster preparedness plans and programs an agency of emergency management which, except as otherwise provided under this chapter, has jurisdiction over and services the entire political subdivision.

FY 2022 SHSP Local Competitive Grant Applicants and Special Ops Teams Grant Applicants (Non-Competitive)

You can download and save the appropriate proposal form which can be found in the Important Links and Reference Documents Section. Each proposal form has an embedded link to submit your application.

FY 2022 HR UASI Applicants

Please direct all inquiries to John Sadler at

FY 2022 SHSP Peer Reviewer Application Announcement

The Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security (SPSHS) and Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) are requesting voluntary peer reviewers to review FY 2022 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) project proposals. Participation will provide reviewers the unique opportunity to gain insight into the evaluation process and learn about innovative projects being pursued by their peers.

SPSHS & VDEM seeks peer reviewers who are:
Experienced homeland security professionals (such as the Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) state agency leadership), Urban Area Working Group members, emergency management response personnel or academics with a background in homeland security/emergency management.
Representative of a variety of disciplines with significant homeland security expertise.
Familiar with the Virginia Homeland Security Strategic Plan, Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) or State Preparedness Report (SPR).

Peer reviewers will independently review and score projects online at their convenience July 11, 2022 through July 25, 2022. The review process for FY 2022 is expected to take 10-15 hours to complete. If you are interested in being a peer reviewer, please register by April 29, 2022 at the link above.

VDEM Staff

Please feel free to reach out to your VDEM Chief Regional Coordinator and VDEM grants staff if you have questions.  Descriptions of the VDEM Regions and regional staff contacts can be found here.  VDEM regional grant administrator contacts can be found here.  Grants staff questions can be directed to

RegionChief Regional Coordinator  EmailPreparedness Grants Administrator  Email
Region 1Donna Katie Vugdalic  
Region 2Mark Stone  Shane Ahern  
Region 3Gene Stewart  Katie Vugdalic  
Region 4Regional Staff  vdemregioniv@vdem.virginia.govJames Turner  
Region 5Harrison Bresee  Lisa Anderson  
Region 6Mike Guzo  James Turner  
Region 7Jake Kezele  Shane Ahern  



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