U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Key Grant Programs
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identifies transportation systems as one of its 16 sectors of critical infrastructure. The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation assist each other to bolster the resiliency of rural areas by improving community and industry preparedness, mitigating risk susceptibility, and creating defenses against natural or human-caused disasters and threats.
DHS and its operational and support components such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administer funding to rural stakeholders that emphasizes the protection and enhancement of transportation infrastructure, keeping the traveling public safe and preventing interruptions to the rural supply chains that clothe, feed, and provide goods to American citizens.
Discretionary Grant Programs
Below are brief descriptions of DHS grant programs.
For more information on these opportunities, follow the links in each description, which lead to individual grant program pages in the Grant Applicant Toolkit’s DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard, where you can search federal grant opportunities at USDOT and other federal agencies that can aid communities in meeting their transportation infrastructure needs.
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program
The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program supports proactive capability and capacity building (C&CB) projects which protect community lifelines from hazards and disasters.
Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities page.
Port Security Grant Program
The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) funds the development and implementation of security mitigation protocols at ports covered by Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP).
Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Port Security Grant Program page.