Homeland Security Grant Program

About the Homeland Security Grant in Placer County 

Placer County Office of Emergency Services (OES) serves as the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) administrator for the Placer Operational Area. HSGP is a Federal grant passed through the State of California and the Placer Operational Area to public safety agencies within the County. HSGP grant funding aims to build capabilities to protect against, prevent, respond to, and recover from terrorist acts and other emergencies or disasters. 

Homeland Security Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions

Grant Application & Selection Process 

Public safety agencies within the Operational Area may submit projects annually for consideration for HSGP funding. Project funds are available under the following five categories: Planning, Organization, Equipment, Training, or Exercise. Requests must be for authorized equipment or activities; projects must meet National Priorities, State Goals, and match one or more Investment Justifications to be eligible. 

Placer County OES reviews submissions for eligibility before presenting projects to the members of the Approval Authority - a body mandated by grant guidance comprised of the following five voting members: County Sheriff, County Fire Chief, Public Health Officer, Police Chief (selected by the City Police Chiefs), and Municipal Fire Chief (selected by the City Fire Chiefs).  

While there are no mandated criteria for how projects are selected, the Placer Operational Area Approval Authority prioritizes projects which bring substantial benefit to the entire Operational Area. Projects that address operational necessities, improve compliance with new State & Federal standards, build new regional capabilities, measurably improve existing capabilities, or create sustainable solutions are priorities. The Approval Authority will allocate grant funds to the submitted projects. As the amount requested is often several times the amount available, many projects cannot be funded or may only receive partial funding. 

CalOES awards HSGP grant funds in the Spring following the Approval Authority meeting. Funds may not be expended before the receipt of an official award package. Grant funds cannot be used to supplant (replace) local funds for existing activities. 

Current Homeland Security Grant Awards 

 FY 2020 Homeland Security Grant 

  • Placer County award date: October 23, 2020 
  • Placer County award amount: $481,939 
  • Sub recipient Performance Period Ends: December 31, 2022

FY 2021 Homeland Security Grant 

  • Placer County award date: October 27, 2021 
  • Placer County award amount: $472,051 
  • Sub recipient Performance Period Ends: December 31, 2023 

FY 2022 Homeland Security Grant 

  • Placer County award date: TBD 
  • Placer County award amount: TBD 
  • Sub recipient Performance Period Ends: December 31, 2024 

FY 2023 Homeland Security Grant 

  • Placer County award date: TBD 
  • Placer County award amount: TBD 
  • Sub recipient Performance Period Ends: December 31, 2025 

Application Materials and Resources 

System for Award Management (SAM.gov Suspension/Debarment Verification) 

Environmental & Historic Preservation (EHP)  

The EHP Screening Memo and Review Process are required for any equipment item requiring fixed installation, ground disturbance, or structure modification. They are also required for all field-based training and exercise activities, all base radio/repeater projects, and some HazMat equipment. Depending on the scope and complexity of the project, EHPs may take up to a year to complete. Please check the Authorized Equipment List (AEL) to determine if your equipment might require an EHP Review.


Authorized Equipment List 

Only equipment appearing on the Authorized Equipment List (AEL) is eligible for purchase with FEMA/DHS grant funds. Eligibility for specific grant programs is also listed for each item. 

Authorized Equipment List (AEL) - SHSGP Eligible Items 


All training must include a feedback number from CalOES. Feedback numbers can be obtained through Placer County Office of Emergency Services by emailing grants@placer.ca.gov  

Field-based training programs require an EHP and must be approved prior to moving forward with the training program. 



All exercises conducted with HSGP funds must be Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant. For more information, please visit fema.gov/hseep

EHP Reviews must be completed for any Operations-Based exercises (does not apply to Discussion-Based exercises). 

Please refer to this guidance for interoperable and operable communication projects. 

State and Federal Guidelines, Regulations, and Resources 


For more information, please email grants@placer.ca.gov

HSGP Agency Acknowledgement Form

HSGP Planning Checklist 

HSGP Reimbursement Checklist

HSGP Training Exercise Checklist