Applications for the State Homeland Security Grant Program are due to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) May 22. This program may be a potential source of assistance to localities in enhancing election security in accordance with the standards developed by the State Board of Elections last year. According to VDEM, four areas have been identified as priorities by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA:
- Enhancing cybersecurity (including election security)
- Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places (including election security)
- Enhancing information and intelligence sharing and cooperation with federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security
- Addressing emergent threats such as unmanned aerial systems
VDEM’s application materials note that projects are expected to be funded at a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $250,000, subject to potential reductions. Application forms and other details are available at this link.
VACo Contact: Katie Boyle