While we might not be seeing a return to the grant funding 'boom' times, we are seeing a activity in grant funding... sadly, for first responders at least, it is getting less.
Various news sources this week announced a welcome increase in grant funding. The ever dependable GSN spotted an announcement from the DHHS that they were increasing their budget by more than $840million in fiscal 2014 (here) while Insurance News.net saw that U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security approved fiscal year 2015 funding legislation that totals $47.2 billion, $643 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level.
The DHHS one will not be the year of the bumper harvest for responders, since an increasing chunk of that money will go into laboratory preparedness. So the actual grants available to medical responders is $228.5m, which is down from previous years, compared to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness initiative, which has increased by over $30m.
The DHS Subcommittee Mark up bill had $45.65 billion is for discretionary programs, including $213 million for Coast Guard overseas contingency operations and $6.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund. Excluding these the net discretionary appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is $39 billion, while an increase on last year it is down 8.3 percent since 2010. Other CBRNE highlights include:
$162.5 million for explosives detection technologies to screen passengers and their belongings at airports.
$10 million for the Office of Bombing Prevention to advance training, analysis and awareness
$86.7 million to implement Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards, $5.7 million above the fiscal year 2014 level, to secure certain chemicals against use by terrorist.
$125 million for OHA, including $84.6 million to sustain the current operations of biowatch and also funding for biosurveillance pilots and chemical defense guidelines to promote early warning and situational awareness of high risk incidents.
$300 million for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, for research into prevention of deadly animal diseases into the United States. This funding level is the final segment necessary for construction of the facility and will permit the department to fully leverage funding contributions made by the state of Kansas.
$306 million for DNDO, $2 million above the request and $21 million above fiscal year 2014. This amount includes $49 million for the purchase of human portable radiation detectors for DHS personnel, $19 million for the Securing the Cities program and $69 million for research and development of next-generation detection technologies.
$1.5 billion for state and local preparedness grant programs.
$600 million for the Urban Area Security Initiative, including $13 million for Non-profit Security Grants
$98 million for the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium
Those that want to wade through the whole thing can find a link here