Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks Grant Opportunity Coming Soon

Begin the Application Process Now!!


On December 18, 2015, Congress passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113). Section 543 of the Act and the accompanying Joint Explanatory Statement provide $39 million for “an initiative to help states and local governments prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex, coordinated terrorist attacks with the potential for mass causalities and infrastructure damage.”


Congress further instructed that “Eligible activities for the initiative related to complex coordinated terrorist attacks shall include, but not be limited to, planning, training, and exercises to support plans, and other activities the Secretary [of Homeland Security] determines appropriate.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) plays an integral role in the nation’s efforts to prepare for complex coordinated terrorist attacks. To assist stakeholders in improving their ability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks, DHS/FEMA will be announcing the Fiscal Year 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks grant. Details about grant opportunity and the opening of the application period will be made in the coming weeks.


Who’s Eligible to Apply?

  • Local governments (as defined by 2 C.F.R. § 200.64)
  • State governments (includes all 56 states and territories, which includes any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)
  • Federally-recognized Tribal governments


Eligible applicants may submit only one application. Applicants may choose and are encouraged to partner with multiple jurisdictions. Applications must include:

  • Names of all jurisdiction(s) partnering on the project
  • A letter of support from the primary applicant’s appropriate senior executive official (e.g., Governor, County Executive, Mayor, City Manager) that supports the project and participation of additional jurisdictions for completing the full program and providing the necessary resources
  • If applicable, information on the relationship between the applicant and partnering jurisdictions (e.g. existing letters of cooperation/support or administrative agreements, such as Memoranda of Understanding)


In the interim, to facilitate your application process – parts of which could take up to four weeks to complete – we are providing information on the steps you can take now:


For more information on the registration process see “Organization Applicant Registration” at: grants/applicants/ organization-registration.html and “Tips for Registering” at: apply/OrcRegister.


If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at


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