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Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


    The Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) provides funds to eligible publicly owned operators of public transportation systems (which include intra-city bus, commuter bus, ferries, and all forms of passenger rail) to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure. The TSGP supports the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Mission to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

    TSGP plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the development and sustainment of core capabilities. The core capabilities, outlined in the National Preparedness Goal, are essential for the execution of the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas and the realization of a secure and resilient Nation. The development and sustainment of these core capabilities are not exclusive to any single level of government or organization, but rather require the combined effort of the whole community.

    In FY 2020, the following TSGP projects will receive priority consideration:

    • Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places;
      • This includes Physical security enhancements at rail and bus stations located in historically eligible Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) cities (e.g. Security cameras (CCTV); Security screening equipment for people and baggage; Access controls (Fencing, gates, barriers)).
    • Enhancing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and improvised explosive device (IED) prevention, detection, response, and recovery capabilities;
    • Enhancing cybersecurity; and
    • Addressing emergent threats, such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS)

    Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the Transportation Sector and form a second tier of priorities that help ensure a comprehensive approach to securing the Nations transportation systems. These are (1) Effective planning; (2) Training and awareness campaigns; (3) Equipment and capital projects; and (4) Exercises.

    A comprehensive listing of allowable equipment categories and types is found in the DHS Authorized Equipment List (AEL) at:


    History of Funding

    The FY19 allocation for TSGP was $88,000,000. 

    Additional Information

    Public safety entities may request funding to enhance their FirstNet operational capabilities using broadband technology may seek grant funding to support the following:

    • Planning for integration of information technology (IT) infrastructure, software, and site upgrades necessary to connect to FirstNet.
    • Handheld broadband devices including smartphones, feature phones, tablets, wearables, push-to-talk (PTT) devices.
    • Vehicle-mounted or otherwise field operated data devices such as ruggedized laptops.
    • Network access devices including portable Wi-Fi devices, Universal Serial Bus (USB) modems/dongles, trunk-mounted modems, routers.
    • Customer Owned and Managed (COAM) broadband deployable equipment, enabling public safety to own and dispatch coverage expansion or capacity enhancement equipment within their jurisdiction.
    • Broadband device accessories that enable efficient and safe public safety operations such as headsets, belt clips, ear pieces, remote Bluetooth sensors, ruggedized cases.
    • Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs)/Universal Integrated Circuit Cards (UICCs) to allow public safety users to update existing devices to operate on public safety prioritized services.
    • One-time purchase and subscription-based applications for public safety use which could include, among a number of other options, enterprise mobility management (EMM), mobile device management (MDM), mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN), identify services, or cloud service tools. 

    As FirstNet is built out in all 56 states and territories and coverage and capacity for first responders expands, recipients are strongly encouraged to coordinate with the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and FirstNet on (1) the planning, deployment timelines, and operational availability of the network deployment within a specific state or territory; (2) to ensure the project does not conflict with network planning efforts; and (3) that the project complies with all technical requirements.


    FEMA Call Center

    FEMA Call Center
    500 C Street SW
    Washington, DC 20472
    (866) 927-5646

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are public transportation agencies (Rail, Intra-city Bus, and Ferry Transit Agencies) that serve historically eligible Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) jurisdictions. A list of TSGP eligible agencies is available on page 7 of the 2020 Program Guidance at

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by April 15, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 

    Award Details

    Up to $88,000,000 is available in FY 2020 for 40 awards. Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project periods will extend 36-months, starting October 1, 2020.

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