Grant Agency Spotlight: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

In continuing the grant agency spotlight series, we look at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its work to protect the safety and security of our nation.

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What Does DHS Do?

DHS is focused on protecting our nation and serving the public good. The overall mission of DHS is: “With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.”

The agency was formed following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, “as part of a determined national effort to safeguard the United States against terrorism.” It is with this background that DHS’ public services and programs are dedicated to:

  • “Ensure resilience to disasters”
  • “Prevent terrorism and enhance security”
  • “Enforce and administer our immigration laws”
  • “Safeguard and secure cyberspace”

As a result, DHS grant programs will support and further these broad goals. Click here to see if there are any open grant opportunities from DHS.


What’s an Example of a Grant Recently Awarded by DHS?

As part of its work to ensure our resilience to disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), serves under DHS to improve federal, state, and local governments’ response to emergencies of all kinds. For example, the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) programs.

This summer, DHS recently awarded these grants to many counties and townships’ fire departments — for example, to Findlay Fire Department in Ohio, Community Fire and Rescue Dept. 24 in state, and Roanoke County Fire and Rescue in Virginia.

For Roanoke County, the grant “will provide funding for 11 firefighter positions over the course of three years,” according to Chief Steve Simon. For the Findlay Fire Department and the Community Fire and Rescue, these DHS grants will support training and the purchase of protective equipment to aid firefighters as they respond to emergencies.

More information about the FEMA AFG program can be found here.


How Much Grant Money Does DHS Award Each Year? is the place to go to find spending data on the U.S. Federal Government. As of August 8th, DHS has awarded $2.89 billion in grants in FY2017.

Looking for more information about DHS’ grant programs? Visit the agency’s profile page on