Area counties receive KOHS grants
Published 10:14 am Thursday, September 29, 2016
KY OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY
FRANKFORT — After an extensive evaluation and review process, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) has announced 112 recipients for Kentucky’s $2.7 million 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program.
Locally, the following grants were awarded:
Communications —Casey County Fiscal Court, Infrastructure Equipment, $90,000
Critcial infrastructure — Stanford, Power Equipment, $20,000
First Responder equipment — Bluegrass Area Development District Garrard CBRNE, $18,600; Bluegrass Area Development District Lincoln PPE, $26,100; Bluegrass Area Development District Mercer PPE, $28,000; Bluegrass Area Development District Boyle Search and Rescue $10,300.
“My greatest responsibility as governor is to ensure our citizens and resources are protected from all threats, including natural and man-made disasters, crime and terrorism,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “To accomplish our mission, it is vital that homeland security grants are allocated through a bipartisan, objective process that maximizes security and safety throughout the Commonwealth. This is exactly what we will do.”
For the 2016 federal fiscal year, KOHS will administer $2,699,400 in US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants to city and county governments, fire protection districts, area development districts, and public universities to purchase first responder equipment, communications equipment and critical infrastructure protection.
“Each year, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security’s grants department shoulders the heavy burden of soliciting, processing, evaluating and prioritizing hundreds of requests for millions of homeland security grant dollars—an especially challenging process when ever-shrinking resources conflict with ever-increasing demands,” said KOHS Executive Director John Holiday.
The grant process is extremely competitive. For the current grant cycle, KOHS received applications requesting $15 million, more than five times the available funds. 105 Kentucky counties applied for grant funding in the current cycle, and the 112 grants awarded will be spread throughout 74 counties.
“I wish we could offer funding to every county and city within the Commonwealth,” Holiday stated. “Each is dealing with their own financial challenges. However, we must apply critical thinking and apply a regional approach to allocate money based on utmost need and greatest public safety impact.”
For a complete listing of the 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program awardees, visit: http://homelandsecurity.ky.gov/Pages/Grants.aspx.