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Virginia Announces $11.5 Million in FY 21 Federal Funds for the Homeland Security Grant Program the Nonprofit Security Grant Program

This update was published by Policy and Communications
Published: October 22, 2021

RICHMOND – On behalf of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) coordinates an annual stakeholder-driven review process to allocate more than $11.5 million through various federal grant programs to enhance emergency preparedness and security throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funds will be administered by VDEM to support a wide array of emergency preparedness and security operations, equipment replacement, training, planning, and exercise programs by local governments and entities. The Nonprofit Security Grant Program funds, also administered by VDEM, are used to enhance security by eliminating security gaps identified at nonprofit facilities in Virginia. Grant allocations will be made available on or before November 9, 2021.

Competitive Grants

The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) is one component of six programs announced by FEMA in the FY 21 grant cycle.  VDEM received 131 grant requests totaling nearly $10.8 million for the competitive portion of these federal funds. Fifty-four projects were awarded a total of $3.3 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 limited funding to meet the greatest needs with VDEM support. Nearly 140 local leaders from emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and EMS representing communities throughout Virginia participated in evaluating potential projects to allocate this limited funding to have the largest impact.

FEMA has implemented five national priority services areas for the FY2021 funding cycle. The new federal requirements necessitate from 5% – 7.5% contribution from each of the following four national priority investment areas:

    • Enhancing Cyber Security (including election security) – 7.5%
    • Enhancing protection of soft targets/crowded places – 5.0%
    • Enhancing information and intelligence sharing – 5.0%
    • Addressing domestic violent extremism – 7.5%
    • Addressing emergent threats (such as unmanned aerial systems and weapons of mass destruction) – 5.0%

The total national propriety funding is requirement 30% of the award.

Grants 2021 HSGP Competitive Projects

Sub-recipientProjectAwardFY21 National Priority
Accomack CountyEntry Security for Emergency Operations Center and Resource Staging Area$115,000 Y
Alexandria, City of Fire Department Swift Water Rescue$33,200
Chesapeake, City ofCommunity Emergency Response Team Preparedness Enhancement$12,700
Chesterfield CountyTraining and Exercise of Swift Water Program$76,000
Chesterfield CountyCentral Virginia Flammable Liquids Training$65,000
Chesterfield County Whole Community Preparedness Outreach and Response$15,000
Danville, City ofRegional Swift Water Rescue Team$60,270
Dickenson County Emergency Service Swift Water Rescue and Hazardous Materials$62,393 Y
Essex County Tappahannock Police Department Emergency Backup Power $105,000 Y
Essex County Building Security Fence Enclosure$78,183 Y
Fairfax, City ofSwift Water Rescue Response Equipment$48,695
Fairfax County Swift Water Rescue Boats and Personal Protective Equipment$84,400
Farmville, Town ofRadio Replacement and Upgrade $63,692
Frederick County Frederick County Fire and Rescue 2021 South West Region Swift Water PPE$26,500
Frederick County Frederick County Fire and Rescue Task Force Equipment$48,500
Fredericksburg, City ofVehicle to Support Unmanned Aircraft System$171,479 Y
Hampton, City ofRegional Community Emergency Response Team Project Hampton and Poquoson $45,000
Hanover CountyWater Rescue Equipment to Assist Law Enforcement$85,000
Hanover County Card Entry Systems and Limited Access Entry Gate$140,542 Y
Hanover County Rural Water Systems Integration and Updates$152,819 Y
Henrico CountyFire Division - Rescue Support System for Structural Stabilization$35,290
Henrico CountyDive Team Surface Supply System$60,000
Henrico County Whole Community - Community Emergency Response Teams$16,000 Y
Henrico County Towable Side and Vehicle Scan Sonar$26,240 Y
Henrico County Henrico County Police Department Surveillance Search & Rescue Expansion$216,935 Y
James City CountyJames City Williamsburg Community Emergency Response Team & County Animal Response Team Project$16,000
New Kent CountyPublic Utilities Security Enhancement Project$40,000 Y
Norfolk, City ofRegional Community Emergency Response Team Training in Norfolk$16,841
Norfolk, City ofHomemade Explosives Training and Detection Equipment $80,000 Y
Northampton CountyEastern Shore of Virginia Nine One One Commission Continuity of Operations Program Planning$45,604
Page CountyLocal Community Emergency Response Team$18,550
Page County Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment, and Protecting Soft Targets$21,680 Y
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionRegional Emergency Management Planning Support$74,275
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionRegional Community Emergency Response Team Training$15,750
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionRegional Business Recovery Workshop$36,750
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionCentral Virginia Whole Community Events and Workshops$40,000
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionCentral Virginia Whole Community Outreach and Marketing$60,000
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionCentral Virginia Mass Care Enhancement$60,000
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionCentral Virginia Mass Care Supplies & Equipment$66,150
Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionCentral Virginia Training and Exercise Enhancement$20,000 Y
Richmond, City ofPublic Housing Preparedness Outreach & Education$30,000
Richmond, City ofEmergency Management Planning Support$70,000
Richmond, City ofMobile Camera Platform$45,000 Y
Richmond, City of Community Emergency Response Team Program Enhancement$12,000
Richmond, City of Preparedness Outreach & Education$30,000
Roanoke , City ofEnhancing Protection via Unmanned Aircraft System$49,200
Rockbridge County Rockbridge Regional Emergency Response Team Rescue Vehicle$249,500 Y
Stafford County Community Emergency Response Team Program Enhancement$17,000
Stafford County Stafford County Unmanned Aircraft System Equipment and Training$60,000
Virginia Beach, City ofActive Threats Joint Simulation Training & Exercise$83,990 Y
Virginia Beach, City ofBomb Squad Rapid Development Response Equipment$145,000 Y
Wise County Southwest Virginia Regional Training Simulator$24,900
Wise County Tactical Team Equipment$54,050
York County Bonded Video Streaming Hotspot Service and Training$32,300 Y


Non-Competitive Grants

Public safety stakeholders will be allocated $2.5 million in non-competitive grants from this year’s SHSP program to fund 29 projects sustaining 12 hazardous materials teams, seven technical rescue teams, four incident management teams, five radio communications caches, and the Virginia Fusion Center.

Grants 2021 HSGP Non Competitive Projects

Sub-recipientProjectAwardFY21 National Priority
Accomack CountyHazardous Materials Team$51,300
Alexandria, City of Hazardous Materials Team$16,850
Bristol, City ofHazardous Materials Team$24,000
Bristol, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$60,000
Chesapeake, City of Radio Cache Team$100,000
Chesapeake, City of Incident Management Team$85,000
Chesterfield CountyTechnical Rescue Team$77,270
Chesterfield County Incident Management Team$85,000
Danville, City ofHazardous Materials Team$31,693
Fairfax County Radio Cache Team$130,000
Fairfax CountyTechnical Rescue Team$35,000
Fairfax County Incident 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$104,449 Y
Lunenburg CountyRadio Cache Team$100,000
Lynchburg, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$76,507
Martinsville, City of Incident Management Team$62,000
Montgomery CountyRadio Cache Team$90,000
Newport News, City ofHazardous Materials Team$65,918 Y
Portsmouth CityHazardous Materials Team$74,932
Roanoke, City ofHazardous Materials Team$87,475 Y
Roanoke, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$74,480
Virginia Beach, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$45,000
Virginia State PoliceVirginia Fusion Center$600,000 Y
Winchester, City ofHazardous Materials Team$35,150
Wise CountyHazardous Materials Team$47,800

Hampton Roads Urban Area Security Initiative (HR UASI)

$3 million was awarded to HR UASI to address the unique needs of this high-threat, high-density urban area.

Grants 2021 HSGP Hampton Roads Urban Projects

Sub-recipientProjectAwardFY21 National Priority
Chesapeake, City of Fire Department Regional Deployable Communications Equipment$150,000
Chesapeake, City ofHampton Roads Incident Management Team$94,680 Y
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionRegional Cybersecurity Enhancement$299,250 Y
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionAll Hazards Advisory Committee - Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment & Region V Stakeholder Preparedness Review Update$85,000
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionAll Hazards Advisory Committee - Emergency Planner$100,000
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionHampton Roads Planning Metropolitan Medical Response System - Mass Care MCI Transportation Package (Part I )$228,900
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionHampton Roads Planning Metropolitan Medical Response System - Mass Care MCI Transportation Package (Part II )$136,500
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionHampton Roads Planning Metropolitan Medical Response System - Mass Care - PPE Replacement$62,502
Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionHampton Roads Planning Metropolitan Medical Response System - Mass Care - Treatment Tent Generator Replacement$90,825
Old Dominion UniversityVirginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education/ODU: Promoting Campus Safety - The Use of Tethered Drones$94,743
Suffolk, City ofDepartment of Fire & Rescue - Regional Mobile Communication Center Tech Upgrade$200,000
Virginia Beach, City ofOffice of Emergency Management - Regional UAS Operations Trailer$200,000
Virginia Beach, City ofOffice of Emergency Management - Regional UAS Training Site$50,000
Virginia Beach, City ofPolice Department - Replace Region V Large Bomb Robot Phase II$374,850 Y
VA Port AuthorityVA Maritime Response Equipment - Domaine Awareness$147,750
Virginia State PoliceRegion 5 Fusion Center Analyst$147,606
Virginia State PoliceDomestic Violent Extremism Awareness Training$35,000 Y
York CountyUASI Regional Interoperable Communications$500,000
York CountyYork County Fire and Life Safety - UAS Video Streaming Capability$42,394 Y


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 terrorist attack in Virginia. VDEM received 49 project applications from both the statewide and Hampton Roads program totaling just over $8 million, with $2.7 million being funded by FEMA.

Grants 2021 HSGP Nonprofit Security Grant Programs

Benjamin and Lillian Rochkind Yeshiva of Virginia -1$52,192
Benjamin and Lillian Rochkind Yeshiva of Virginia - 2$133,370
Beth Sholom Home of Virginia$150,000
Birthplace of Country Music Inc.$90,410
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha$49,581
Central Health Inc.$150,000
Congregation Beth Ahabah$150,000
Congregation Beth El$150,000
Congregation Beth Israel$60,000
Congregation Brith Achim$52,500
Congregation Or Ami$11,325
Eastern Mennonite University - Campus Ctr.$65,050
Eastern Mennonite University - Commons$120,100
Eastern Mennonite University - Seminary$48,400
Hillel at VA Tech Inc. dba Hillel at Virginia Tech$111,000
Jewish Community Center of Richmond$150,000
Jewish Family Services Richmond$35,000
Kehillat Bet Hamidrash Kempsville Conservative Synagogue$49,200
Kenseth Beth Israel$150,000
Racing For Heroes - Ace One Drive$150,000
Richmond Hebrew Day School dba Rudlin Torah Academy$135,000
Rodef Sholom Temple$94,320
Saint Davids Episcopal Church$48,019
Temple Beth El$147,980
Temple House of Israel$85,100
Virginia Holocaust Museum$150,000
Zion Cathedral of Praise$104,768

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