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State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) (Arkansas)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (ADEM)


    The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) is a core assistance program that provides funds to build capabilities at the State, local, tribal, and territorial levels, to enhance our national resilience to absorb disruptions and rapidly recover from incidents both natural and manmade as well as to implement the goals and objectives included in State homeland security strategies and initiatives in their State Preparedness Report (SPR).

    Activities implemented under SHSP must support terrorism preparedness by building or enhancing capabilities that relate to the prevention of, protection from, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from terrorism in order to be considered eligible. However, many capabilities which support terrorism preparedness simultaneously support preparedness for other hazards. Grantees must demonstrate this dual-use quality for any activities implemented under this program that are not explicitly focused on terrorism preparedness.

    In developing applications for SHSP, recipients are encouraged to consider 2023 priority areas:

    1. Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places
    2. Enhancing information and intelligence sharing and analysis
    3. Combating domestic violent extremism
    4. Enhancing cybersecurity
    5. Enhancing community preparedness and resilience
    6. Enhancing election security

    The Arkansas Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) is funded by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to enhance the state's terrorism preparedness and response capabilities. The Arkansas Division of Emergency Management serves as the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for the grant. The Homeland Security Branch within ADEM administers the HSGP for the state.

    The Arkansas HSGP supports the maintenance and enhancement of specialized, regional, terrorism response teams located within five regions (Central, NW, NE, West, South) throughout the state. Each team must be ready and deployable to respond throughout the state and nation if necessary. These identified, advanced level teams consist of:

    • FBI Accredited Bomb Squads
    • SWAT/Terrorism Response
    • Urban Search and Rescue (USAR Task Force 1)
    • WMD Response

    In addition, the Arkansas HSGP supports:

    • Arkansas State Fusion Center
    • Active Shooter Preparedness
    • See Something, Say Something Campaign
    • Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS)
    • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care/Stop the Bleed Training
    • Cyber Security
    • Community Preparedness

    History of Funding

    The FY22 allocation to the State of Arkansas was $4,602,500.

    Additional Information

    Eligible expenses include: 

    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Information Technology
    • Cyber Security
    • Interoperable Communications
    • Physical Security
    • Terrorism Prevention
    • Power Equipment
    • Medical Supplies and Pharmaceuticals
    • CBRNE Search and Rescue Equipment, Response Watercraft and Aviation,
    • CBRNE Logistical Support, Reference Materials, and Detection
    • Explosive Device Mitigation & Remediation
    • Agricultural Terrorism PR & M
    • Inspection and Screening systems
    • Intervention Equipment 

    The Arkansas HSGP is part of the Arkansas Homeland Security Advisory Group (ARHSAG) and supports the State Preparedness Report (SPR), the Threat & Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), and the Arkansas Homeland Security Strategy.

    Sub-Recipients must submit financial & programmatic reports:

    • Performance Progress Report 
      • Brief narrative and overall project status
      • Summary of expenditures & obligated balance 
      • Description of potential issues that may affect project completion

    Inventory must be maintained on all HSGP purchased equipment upon purchase and for 3 years after the official federal closeout of the grant. 


    Homeland Security Branch Staff

    Homeland Security Branch Staff
    Building 9501 Camp Joseph T. Robinson
    North Little Rock, AR 72199
    (501) 683-6712
    (501) 683-7890

  • Eligibility Details

    ADEM is the only eligible entity eligible to apply to FEMA for HSGP funds. Funds are then awarded to state agencies and local law enforcement jurisdictions in Arkansas.

    Deadline Details

    ADEM is to submit an application to FEMA by May 18, 2023. For information regarding local deadlines, contact the ADEM Homeland Security Branch at (501) 683-6712.

    Award Details

    The FY23 allocation to the State of Arkansas is $4,847,500. Grants are awarded directly to the State. Funds are then allocated to local governmental units. At least 80% of the funds awarded under HSGP must be obligated to local government units within 45 days of the acceptance of the grant award. Awards will last for 36 months.

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