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Other Federal Grants

The US Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency sponsors a number of grants for which MEMA has limited to no administrative responsibility. We have provided a summary below of those grant programs most applicable to Maine jurisdictions. You may also access the entire list of FEMA-sponsored grants.

Each grant listed has a link to a federal website with detailed information about the program. We recommend reviewing these detailed sites for information about how Maine jurisdictions can participate in these programs.

Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP)

BZPP provides grants to build security and risk-management capabilities at the State and local level in order to secure pre-designated Tier I and Tier II critical infrastructure sites, including chemical facilities, financial institutions, nuclear and electric power plants, dams, stadiums, and other high-risk/high-consequence facilities. Specific BZPP sites within 45 States have been selected based on their level of risk and criticality.  Each State with a BZPP site is eligible to submit applications for its local communities to participate in and receive funding under the program.  Therefore, BZPP funding allocated to any given State or territory is a function of the number, type, and character of the pre-identified sites within that State or territory.

Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP)

CEDAP complements FEMA's other major grant programs to enhance regional response capabilities, mutual aid, and interoperable communications by providing technology and equipment, together with training and technical assistance required to operate that equipment, to public safety agencies in smaller jurisdictions and certain metropolitan areas. Eligible applicants include law enforcement agencies and other emergency responder agencies who demonstrate that the equipment will be used to improve their capability and capacity to respond to a major critical incident or to work with other first responders.  FY 2008 CEDAP awardees cannot have received technology funding under the Urban Areas Security Initiative grant program, or the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program since Oct. 1, 2005.

Applicants apply for CEDAP directly, online.

Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)

Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) focuses on enhancing law enforcement preparedness and operational readiness along the land borders of the United States.  OPSG provides funding to designated localities to enhance cooperation and coordination among federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement agencies to secure the United States’ land borders. OPSG is under the operational direction of the US Border Patrol. Participants are state, county, local and tribal law enforcement agencies which can play a role in supporting the program's mission. Agencies are welcome to contact us for more information.

Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)

The PSGP provides grant funding to port areas for the protection of critical port infrastructure from terrorism. PSGP funds help ports enhance their risk management capabilities, domain awareness, training and exercises, and capabilities to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices and other non-conventional weapons. Port security grants recipients are generally selected by the Department of Homeland Security through a risk-based process.

Assistance to Firefighters Grant

Eligible applicants are fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations. The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of these agencies. Applicants apply directly, online.




Last update: 11/03/08