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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education Jan. 2017  
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Apply for Homeland Security grant funding by Feb. 17

Applications for Homeland Security grant funding are being accepted until Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. CST. This application period is earlier than in previous years.

State and local, public and private nonprofit agencies, including public and non-public schools, are eligible to apply. Regional projects are encouraged. Regional projects provide equipment, training or exercises that benefit the majority of a region.

Funding will be awarded for one-time projects that have a connection to a Homeland Security mission area such as prevention or protection against terrorism threats. In particular, schools may be interested in access control projects such as keyless entry, video entry and Fire Marshal-compliant door locks. Surveillance camera systems are not allowable at this time; grants will focus on basic security measures, such as access control, and funding is limited.

Awards are competitive, and local awards will be based on recommendations of regional review committees. Find more information on the South Dakota Department of Public Safety website, including the following:

  • Administrative Manual - Terms and Conditions December 2016
  • EDGAR Visual Instructions for 2017 Homeland Security Applications
  • Link to the application system: EDGAR (Electronic Database for Grant Application & Reporting)
Funding for projects will become available on or about Sept. 1. Award agreements will be generated after funding becomes available.

Questions? Applicants can call the South Dakota Office of Homeland Security at (605) 773-3450 for technical assistance.


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