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Virginia Announces $10 Million in Federal Funds for Homeland Security Grant Awards

This update was published by Policy and Communications
Published: September 16, 2020

RICHMOND—On behalf of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) today announced more than $10 million in Homeland Security Grant Awards to enhance emergency preparedness and security throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each year, VDEM coordinates an annual stakeholder-driven review process to allocate and administer these funds that support a wide array of emergency preparedness and security operations, equipment replacement, training, planning and exercise programs by local governments and entities.  Grant allocations will be made available tomorrow, September 17, 2020.

“I am proud of this substantial investment in emergency preparedness, training, and security processes across the Commonwealth,” said the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran. “VDEM continues to successfully engage with local stakeholders and federal agencies to bring in the resources necessary to protect the health and safety of all Virginians.”

Competitive Grants

The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) is one component of six programs announced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in June. VDEM received 153 grant requests totaling nearly $14.4 million for the competitive portion of these federal funds. Sixty-four projects were awarded a total of $3.7 million from competitive SHSP funds. The Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center (VMASC) at Old Dominion University manages a peer-review process conducted by Virginia’s public safety stakeholders for competitive grants, and scores proposals based upon benefit-cost ratios. Awards fund a diverse group of programs such as community outreach and preparedness programs, interoperability efforts, sheltering, equipment enhancement, and exercises.

Emergency managers throughout Virginia have worked to become more strategic about allocating our limited funding to meet the greatest needs with VDEM support.  Nearly 200 local leaders from the fields of emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and emergency medical services, representing communities throughout Virginia, participated in evaluating potential projects to allocate this limited funding that seeks to provide the most benefit.

FEMA has implemented four national priority services areas for the FY2020 funding cycle.  The new federal requirements necessitate a 5% contribution from each of the following four national priority investment areas:

  • Enhancing Cyber Security (including election security) – 5%
    • Enhancing protection of soft targets/crowded places – 5%
    • Enhancing information and intelligence sharing – 5%
    • Addressing emergent threats (such as unmanned aerial systems and weapons of mass destruction) – 5%

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA made accommodations to states during the application submissions, but have placed a hold on funding for projects that are identified as meeting a national priority in the project portfolio in the total of $1.7 million for SHSP.  This hold is anticipated to remain until the Spring of 2021.

Non-Competitive Grants

Public safety stakeholders will be allocated $2.5 million in non-competitive grants from this year’s SHSP program to fund 28 projects sustaining 12 hazardous materials teams, seven technical rescue teams, four incident management teams, five radio communications caches, and the Virginia Fusion Center.

Hampton Roads Urban Area Security Initiative (HR UASI)

$2.8 million was awarded to HR UASI to address the unique needs of this high-threat, high-density urban area. As with SHSP funds, UASI funds of $700,000 will be placed on hold for projects that are identified as meeting one of the four national priorities.

Non-Profit Security Grant

This grant provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to eligible nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack in Virginia. VDEM received 26 project applications from both the statewide and Hampton Roads program totaling just over $1.3 million, with $991k million being funded by FEMA.

Competitive Projects – $3.7M

Sub-recipientProjectAwardFY20 National Priority Designation
Augusta CountyEmergency Communications Center Portable Telecommunications$35,750
Alexandria, City ofEnhancing Capabilities for Swift Water Response$29,736
Botetourt CountyIncident Management-Support Unit$36,000
Botetourt CountySwift water Rescue Team Deployment Resources$58,152
Buckingham CountyRemote 911$83,202 
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionPlanning Committee Regional Recovery Exercise$25,000
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionCentral Virginia Committee Training & Exercise Enhancement$20,000
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionCentral Virginia Whole Community Events & Workshop$40,000
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionCentral Virginia Mass Care Training & Exercise$60,000
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionWhole Community Media Campaign$60,000
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionRegional Emergency Management Planning Support$74,275
Chesapeake, City ofFoam Team Flammable Liquid Firefighting Training$74,248Yes
Chesterfield CountyUnmanned Aircraft System Equipment$60,000
Chesterfield CountyCentral VA Regional Flammable Liquids Training$65,000Yes
Chesterfield CountySwift Water Rescue Team$76,000
Chesterfield CountyElection Cybersecurity Resiliency Governance Plan$100,000
Christiansburg, City ofSoft Target Protection – Law Enforcement$129,732Yes
Commonwealth Regional CouncilRegional Emergency Planning Assistance$38,556
Commonwealth Regional CouncilElection Security$98,069Yes
Craig CountyCritical Communications System Plan$78,500
Dickenson CountyUnmanned Aircraft System Equipment$30,805Yes
Fairfax CountyFoam Team Flammable Liquid Training$75,000Yes
Farmville, City ofPolice Radio Upgrade$82,261 
Floyd CountyCyber Security Enhancement$150,000Yes
Frederick CountyFire and Rescue Department Decontamination$28,150Yes
Frederick CountyFire Department Protective Equipment$60,000 
Galax, City ofPublic Safety Answering Point  Regional Radio Interoperability Study$60,000 
Galax, City ofPublic Safety Answering Point Continuity of Operations (COOP)$81,000 
Hampton, City ofRegional Citizen Corps Project Hampton and Poquoson$45,000
Hampton, City ofEnhanced Shelter and Refuge of Last Resort Plan$50,000
Hampton, City ofRegional Shelter Trailers and Equipment$75,000
Hampton, City ofPeninsula Regional Family Assistance Center Plan$75,000
Hampton, City ofPolice Division Equipment Modernization$81,450 
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionHampton Roads Metropolitan Medial Response Team Inventory Management System Enhancement$80,850
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionMetropolitan Medical Response Team Chemical, Pharmaceutical Stockpile$86,100
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionMetropolitan Medical Response Team Mass Care Capability Sustainment$94,500
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionShelter Registration and Management Equipment$71,400
Hopewell, City ofRegional Mobile Command Unit Enhancement$50,000
Hopewell, City ofRegional Tactical Response Capability Enhancement$70,000
James City CountyRegional Citizen Corps Project$21,100 
Lunenburg CountyPublic Safety Critical Communications System Planning$89,500 
Lynchburg, City ofPolice Department Mobile Vehicle Barriers & Trailer$122,990Yes
Norfolk, City ofCommunity Emergency Response Team$16,153 
Nottoway CountyImplementation of Cyber Security Framework$104,538Yes
Orange CountyMedical Tents for Mass Care$38,000 
Page CountyRegional Community Emergency Response Team – Page County and Warren County$18,550
Prince Edward CountyPolice Department Radio Upgrade$38,634 
Pulaski CountyPolice Department Officer Safety Protection of Soft Targets$68,000Yes
Roanoke CountyElections Cyber Security$25,900
Shenandoah CountyEnhancement of Criminal Investigation Equipment$28,891
Stafford CountyCommunity Emergency Response Team$15,000 
Staunton, City ofUnmanned Aerial System$43,000Yes
Suffolk, City ofMobile Event Security Cameras$46,412Yes
Smyth CountyPolice Active Threat Response Smyth$27,973 
Virginia Beach, City ofEmergency Management Program Enhancement & Sustainment$15,500
Virginia Beach, City ofPolice Department Tactical Communications Headsets$22,000
Virginia Beach, City ofPolice Department Replacement of the Throwable Robot$27,000
Virginia Beach, City ofSwift Water Rescue$76,000
Westmoreland CountyUnmanned Aerial System Team$27,928
Winchester, City ofBallistic Equipment$34,200
Wise CountySouthwest Virginia Regional Unmanned Aircraft Systems Equipment$35,000Yes
Wise CountySpecial Response Team Equipment$50,501
Wise CountySouthwest Virginia Regional Training Facility$58,000
York CountyLife Safety Specialized Training and Equipment$50,000

Hampton Roads Urban Area Projects – $2.8M

Sub-recipientProjectAwardFY20 National Priority Designation
Chesapeake, City ofHampton Roads Incident Management Team$195,017 
Chesapeake, City ofSkyWatch Mobile Surveillance Platform$215,010Yes
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionMass Casualty Incident – Transportation Package Part I$199,500
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionMass Casualty Incident – Transportation Package Part II$136,500
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionRegional Cybersecurity Implementation$150,000Yes
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionCybersecurity  Election Security$25,000Yes
Hampton Roads Planning  District CommissionFusion Center Intelligence Analyst$120,000Yes
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionThreat Identification Training for Elections Staff$30,000Yes
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionMass Casualty Incident – Treatment Tents Enhancement$90,300
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionRegional All Hazards Emergency Planner$100,000 
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission2021 Threat Identification and Risk Assessment and State Preparedness Report$65,000 
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionPersonal Protective Equipment Replacement – Chemical Protective Clothing$61,672 
Norfolk, City ofReplace Region 5’s Bomb Squads Robots Phase 1$450,000Yes
Norfolk, City ofRegional Common Operating Picture (COP) Phase 3$200,000Yes
Old Dominion UniversityMission Critical Updates for the Real-Time Evacuation$175,000 
Virginia Port AuthorityMaritime Domain Awareness$137,000 
York CountyHampton Roads Interoperable Communications Upgrade$250,000 
York CountyRegional Unmanned Aerial System Operations Trailer$200,000 

Non-Competitive Projects – $2.5M

Sub-recipientProjectAwardFY20 National Priority Designation
Accomack CountyHazardous Materials Team$51,300 
Alexandria, City ofHazardous Materials Team$16,850 
Bristol, City ofHazardous Materials Team$24,000 
Bristol, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$60,000 
Chesapeake, City ofRadio Cache Team$100,000 
Chesapeake, City ofIncident Management Team$85,000 
Chesterfield CountyTechnical Rescue Team$77,270 
Chesterfield, City ofIncident Management Team$85,000 
Danville, City ofHazardous Materials Team$31,692 
Fairfax CountyRadio Cache Team$130,000 
Fairfax CountyTechnical Rescue Team$35,000 
Fairfax CountyIncident Management Team$85,000 
Fredericksburg, City ofHazardous Materials Team$49,497 
Harrisonburg, City ofHazardous Materials Team$57,000 
Harrisonburg, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$56,100 
Harrisonburg, City ofRadio Cache Team$92,000 
Henrico CountyHazardous Materials Team$104,449Yes
Lunenburg CountyRadio Cache Team$100,000 
Lynchburg, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$76,507 
Martinsville, City ofIncident Management Team$62,000 
Montgomery CountyRadio Cache Team$90,000 
Newport News, City ofHazardous Materials Team$65,918Yes
Portsmouth CityHazardous Materials Team$74,932 
Roanoke, City ofHazardous Materials Team$87,475Yes
Roanoke, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$74,480 
Virginia Beach, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$45,000 
Virginia State PoliceVirginia Fusion Center$600,000Yes
Winchester, City ofHazardous Materials Team$35,150
Wise CountyHazardous Materials Team$47,800


Non Profit Security Grant Programs – $991K

Sub-recipientAward
Beth Sholom Home of Virginia$72,605
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam$38,763
Congregation Brith Achim$18,700
Congregation Or Ami$42,495
Congregation Or Atid$18,310
Jewish Family Services$15,000
Saint David’s Episcopal Church$28,999
The Jewish Community Center of Richmond$100,000
Islamic Center of Fredericksburg$42,433
Congregation Beth Israel$100,000
Hampden-Sydney College$94,064
Birthplace of Country Music, Inc.$71,050
Freedom of Worship Church – Coeburn Ave$32,682
Freedom of Worship Church – Thackers Branch Rd$32,682
Hillel at Virginia Tech$100,000
Freemason Street Baptist Church$85,000
Ohef Sholom Temple$98,760

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