DHS announces FY 2014 grant allocations

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced grant allocations for fiscal year 2014 on Friday totaling more than $1.6 billion for seven DHS preparedness grant programs.

The funds will be used by the Homeland Security Grant Program, the Port Security Grant Program, the Transit Security Grant Program and other programs to assist local and state governments and the private sector.

"Homeland security grants have demonstrated time and again that funding for preparedness capabilities ensure our nation is better equipped to respond to a range of threats, disasters and incidents," DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said. "By working with our partners at all levels of government to focus our limited resources, the FY 2014 homeland security grant allocations will better support our current homeland security missions, and address our ongoing preparedness efforts."

The Homeland Security Grant Program received $1 billion under the allocation, the largest of any DHS program.

Similar to grant allocations in previous years, dedicated funding was provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention to respond to the precursors of terrorist activity.

Increased funding was also allocated to law enforcement agencies to support U.S. Customs and Border Control along the southwest border with Mexico.

DHS has awarded more than $40 billion in grant funding to local, state, tribal and other partners since 2002.