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State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) (Kentucky)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Kentucky Office of Homeland Security


    The 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 man-made as well as to implement the goals and objectives included in State homeland security strategies and initiatives in their State Preparedness Report (SPR). 

    SHSP supports the implementation of risk driven, capabilities-based State Homeland Security Strategies to address capability targets set in Urban Area, State, and regional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (THIRAs). The capability levels are assessed in the State Preparedness Report (SPR) and inform planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.

    In Kentucky, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is responsible for coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants. Funds through SHSP are used to aid in the training of emergency first responders, the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for combating and preventing terrorist acts and for planning, and exercise. Funds are also used for management, administration and the development of citizen corps projects at the local level. 

    Examples of equipment approved for funding by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Communications
      • Radio Equipment;
      • Narrowbanding Equipment;
      • 911 Equipment;
      • Infrastructure Equipment (voters, repeaters, antennas, microwave links, towers) Requires environmental (EHP) Review; and
      • Alert/Siren Systems - Requires EHP Review
    • Critical Infrastructure Protection
      • Power Equipment (generators) - Requires EHP Review;
      • Physical Security Enhancement Equipment Requires EHP Review; and
    • Cyber Security Enhancement Equipment/Software - biometric user authentication, software encryption for networks, data transmission encryption for networks, forensic software for computer-related crimes, malware software protection and network firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention software, network vulnerability scanning
    • First Responder Equipment
      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
      • Detection Equipment;
      • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Equipment;
      • Search & Rescue Equipment;
      • Explosive Device Mitigation & Remediation Equipment;
      • Decontamination Equipment; and
      • Medical Equipment

    History of Funding

    The FY19 allocation to the state of Kentucky was $4,077,500. 2019 awards can be viewed here:

    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 


    Tammy Stipes

    Tammy Stipes
    200 Mero Street
    Frankfort, KY 40622
    (502) 564-2081

  • Eligibility Details

    The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is the only applicant eligible to apply to FEMA. Funds are then competitively awarded to units of government: city or county governments, area development districts, merged units of government, and public universities in Kentucky.

    Deadline Details

    Local applications to the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security were to be submitted by June 7, 2019. For 2020, KOHS is to submit an application to FEMA in April 2020. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    The FY20 allocation to the state of Kentucky is $4,287,500. Grants are awarded directly to the State. Funds are then allocated to local governmental units. At least 80% of the funds awarded under SHSP must be obligated to local governments within 45 days of the acceptance of the grant award. Awards will last for 36 months.

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