Senator urges local, tribal governments to apply for federal preparedness grants

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today encouraged state, local, and tribal governments to apply for federal grant funding that can assist state, local, and tribal governments in preventing, preparing, and responding to potential terrorist attacks.


“Making sure state, local, and tribal governments have the federal resources they need to prevent and respond to any and every potential emergency situation is critical to the safety of families and the communities they live in,” said Heitkamp. “The stories I hear from speaking with law enforcement and first responders underscores how important it is to get ahead of potentially dangerous situations and have a plan in place to respond quickly and save lives. These federal grants can help provide the support communities need, and I encourage all eligible local and tribal governments to apply.”

This federal funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program). The CCTA Program is a competitive grant program that provides $35.94 million to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments throughout the country to better prepare for potential terrorist attacks by identifying gaps in existing response plans, updating strategies, and training personnel. 

Eligible state, local, and tribal governments are encouraged to apply for these federal funds by February 10, 2017. Information on CCTA grant program can be found by clicking here as well as going to and searching the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 97.133. Additionally, webinars will be scheduled to help governments with the application process. The final webinar is ec. 19, 2016 at 1 p.m. MT.

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