Homeland Security Grants : Law Enforcement, Firefighters, other First Responders - FY03-04

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Homeland Security Grants & Funding

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A note about these pages.  Soon after the Department of Homeland Security formed and homeland security grants became part of everyday language, this and other homeland security grants info pages on this web site were the only source on the web for up-to-date info.  At that time we were even better organized than DHS.  Now that DHS is up and running they're your best bet for current information.

You'll still find a ton of useful info here, though.  Case in point is the following article.  Yes, it's dated but its message still offers lessons.

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Homeland Security Grants & Funding

House Sets Out To Reauthorize Fire Grants

With the authority to make grants to local fire departments expiring at the end of this fiscal year, one chamber of Congress has engaged in the first steps necessary to keep funds for this popular program flowing over the next three years.

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Introduced by Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Reauthorization Act of 2004, H.R. 4107, would authorize $900 million for the program each fiscal year through FY 07.  This is the same level at which the program was authorized in each of FYs 02 through 04.

The bill also would make volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) squads eligible for up to 4 percent of funds appropriated for the program.

"I firmly believe that by doing so we will guarantee that [the program] remains designed to meet the everyday needs of the men and women serving our nation in the fire service," said Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., a cosponsor of H.R. 4107.  "We ask far too much of them to risk their lives in our defense every day with insufficient training and inadequate equipment, and we have an obligation to provide them the necessary resources to perform their jobs as safely and effectively as possible," he said.

Additionally, H.R. 4107 would return jurisdiction over the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program to the U.S. Fire Administration.  Administration of the grant program recently was turned over to the Office of Domestic Preparedness within the Department of Homeland Security.

Furthermore, the legislation would raise funding limits for jurisdictions with fewer than 500,000 people to $1 million per year.  Communities of between 500,000 and 1 million residents would be eligible for up to $2 million each, and populations of more than 1 million could receive up to $3 million each in assistance. Currently, grant recipients can receive no more than $750,000 each.

Departments serving populations of fewer than 50,000 also would have to provide fewer matching funds under H.R. 4107.  Instead of matching 30 percent of an award with nonfederal funds, these grantees would have to provide only a 20 percent match.

H.R. 4107 has been referred to the House Science Committee over which Boehlert presides as chairman.

Source: Local/State Funding Report, April 26, 2004 Newsletter, Thompson Publishing

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