DHS Announces $1.6 Billion in Grants to Fight Terrorism, Bolster Election Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced $1.6 billion in grants to help state and local officials prepare for and respond to a range of hazards, including acts of terrorism and threats to election security.
The funding will be distributed among eight so-called “preparedness grant programs” in fiscal year 2022, across six priority areas, including cybersecurity, soft targets and crowded places, intelligence and information sharing, and domestic violent extremism.
The threat landscape facing the nation has evolved since the DHS was established nearly two decades ago, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.
“As the threats to our nation continue to evolve, our grant programs must evolve with them,” Mayorkas said, noting that two new priority areas have been designated this year for the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant programs: community preparedness and resilience, and election security.

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