Domestic and International Counter-Terrorism Training via Federal Funding for Public Safety Bomb Technicians
Public Safety Bomb Technicians are frequently held back from training and equipment needed to safely accomplish their mission due to lack of available funding. There is federal funding available for bomb tech training to qualifying entities that submit grant request proposals. In the event that an organization is too small to qualify, they may partner with other organizations at the city, county and state level to increase their requirements and eventual grant award amount. The process requires a couple of days of time investment to assemble the information required for submission.
It is not too late for submissions for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY 2020 Preparedness Grants. DHS has released Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight preparedness grant programs totaling $1.8 billion, which will provide funding to a broad range of public safety and private sector organizations to support disaster and crisis mitigation and management efforts, training and equipment focused on cybersecurity, soft targets and crowded places, intelligence and information sharing, and emerging threats such as domestic and international terrorism.
Applicants are encouraged to initiate and complete Standard Form 424 submission Grants.gov by April 8, 2020 to allow enough time for FEMA to conduct an initial review of the application prior to the final submission deadline.
Point One’s Mike Clayton, Retired Georgia State Bomb Squad Commander has more than a decade of experience putting together consolidated grant request proposals of this nature and has secured millions of dollars of funding used to provide domestic and international counter-terrorism training to PSBTs. He is available to share his insight and guidance.