about the shsp
State Homeland Security Program (SHSP): The SHSP assists state, Tribal and local preparedness activities that address high-priority preparedness gaps across all core capabilities where a nexus to terrorism exists. All supported investments are based on capability targets and gaps identified during the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, and assessed in the State Preparedness Report (SPR).
The SHSP is built on risk-driven, capabilities-based strategic plans that outline high-priority needs relating to terrorism preparedness. For these plans to be effective, government officials and elected leaders, working with the whole community, must consider how to sustain current capability levels, while also addressing potential gaps.
All 56 States, which includes any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, are eligible to apply for SHSP funds. For those states that are eligible for UASI and OPSG funding, the State Administrative Agency (SAA) is the only entity eligible to submit applications to DHS/FEMA on behalf of UASI and OPSG applicants.
Funding for the SHSP is formula driven, based on each state's population. That is, each state receives a base amount plus and additional sum based on its population. The minimum allocation under SHSP uses thresholds established in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended.
All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico receive 0.35 percent of the total funds allocated for grants. Four territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) receive a minimum allocation of 0.08 percent of the total funds allocated.