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Grant Program Publications, Documents and Circulars


  • DHS Authorized Equipment List (AEL)
    The Authorized Equipment List (AEL), published by the FEMA Grant Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, is used to determine equipment allowability under multiple grant programs as shown below. This version of the AEL applies to FY2005 and later Fiscal Years unless otherwise noted in the individual item data.
  • Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations - Circular No. A-133
    Office of Management & Budget auditing requirements.
  • Critical Infrastructure: What Is It? Why Do I Need To Know What Is In My Area?* (free PDF downloa)
    Critical Infrastructure as defined by the Department of Homeland Security is defined in Presidential Executive Order 13228. Most DHS grants are predicated on the basis of risk and "risk" is directly tied to what "critical infrastructure" is within your area of responsibility. In order to obtain funding from these federal DHS programs it is essential that you always list what "critical infrastructure" is in your areas and that you have responsibility for. In this free download, Kurt Bradley explains what you need to know about critical infrastructure and what it means for your grants. Download »
  • Federal Preparedness Grant Programs* (PDF format)
    Seeking grant funding to aid your department's NIMS compliance efforts? Here's a list of programs, as reported to the DHS/FEMA NIMS Integration Center. This list is in PDF format.
  • Funding Alternatives for Fire and Emergency Medical Services
    A FEMA and USFA report highlighting non-traditional methods fire and EMS departments/agencies are using to increase their budgets.
  • Grants Handbook 2008 - Special Report - Homeland Defense Journal
    Free download of Homeland Defense Journal's comprehensive look at grants for 2008 (including a grants article by Homeland Defense Journal Grants' Kurt Bradley) – a must-have for all first responders researching grants for their department or agency.
  • The InterAgency Board - Standardized Equipment List
    If your department is seeking equipment, check this log. From the InterAgency Board (IAB), this report and its equipment list is often referenced by DHS grants.
  • Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG)
    Any law enforcement or justice initiative funded under the current Byrne Formula or LLEBG Programs will continue to be eligible for funding under the JAG Program’s six purpose areas. JAG funds could be used to pay for personnel, overtime, and equipment. Funds provided for the states could be used for statewide initiatives, technical assistance and training, and support for local and rural jurisdictions.
  • The Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase and manage technology (successfully!)
    "Presents best practices in strategic IT planning and procurement, reveals pitfalls to avoid, and consolidates and expands upon various sources of relevant information currently available. The Guide reviews best practices to help create a user-friendly product that will provide law enforcement with the tools they need to successfully achieve their IT goals."
  • Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) formulas (PDF)*
    Explains how the formula works and how jurisdictions become eligible to participate in the program.
  • Management of Domestic Incidents - Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-5
    "(3) To prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies, the United States Government shall establish a single, comprehensive approach to domestic incident management."
  • National Preparedness - Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-8
    "Establishes policies to strengthen the preparedness of the United States to prevent and respond to threatened or actual domestic terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies by requiring a national domestic all-hazards preparedness goal, establishing mechanisms for improved delivery..., and outlining actions to strengthen preparedness capabilities."
  • NIMS Compliance Guidelines FY 2005, FY 2006, FY 2007
    Download and read the full text of this September 8, 2004 letter from Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge. Choose from 3 formats:
  • Office of Management & Budget - Grants Management
    OMB leads development of governmentwide policy to assure that grants are managed properly and that Federal dollars are spent in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • OJJDP Formula Grants Program Overview (FS-200402)
    A 2-page Fact Sheet provides an overview of the program, which supports state and local delinquency prevention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. The Fact Sheet also describes the program's eligibility requirements, program areas, award process, and regulations.
  • OJJDP Model Programs Guide
    Programs were grouped into five categories organized into life domains that mimic the organization of risk and protective factors. Domains include Community, School, Family, Peer, and Individual.

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