Rep. Payne, Jr. Announces $36.3 Million in Homeland Security Grants to New Jersey, Expresses Disappointment at Cuts to Terrorism Preparedness Funding for Newark & Jersey City

April 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) announced $36,331,372 in Homeland Security grants to benefit New Jersey. The announced grants include $20,050,000 from the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program to benefit law enforcement terrorism prevention activities in the Newark and Jersey City areas. The UASI grant for Newark/Jersey City is an 11 percent decrease ($2,700,000) from fiscal year 2018 funding levels.


“Urban Area Security Initiative grants are essential for law enforcement training and preparedness for acts of terrorism in urban areas,” said Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10). “Newark and Jersey City are among the most densely populated areas in the United States. Law enforcement and emergency preparedness professionals are constantly training, planning, and equipping themselves to respond to the threat of terrorism in our communities. They rely on UASI grant funding to ensure that New Jersey is a safe place to live, work, and raise families. I am deeply troubled that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is cutting UASI grant funding for the Newark and Jersey City area. As these cities grow, they face unique threats that require law enforcement to constantly adapt. Last year in the Newark and Jersey City area, an anti-abortion extremist stole a truck and rammed it into a Planned Parenthood clinic in East Orange, New Jersey. By taking $2.7 million of UASI grant funding from the region, FEMA is forcing the state of New Jersey to make hard budget choices in an environment where bad actors are constantly challenging the resources of state and local governments. As Chairman of the Subcommittee for Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for the House Committee on Homeland Security, I oversee the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s preparedness grants, such as UASI, and I will continue to push FEMA to help law enforcement ensure the safety of our communities.” 


The $36.3 million in Homeland Security grant funding includes the following:

Grant Type




  • State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)


  • Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) – Jersey City/Newark Area


  • Emergency Management Performance Grants




The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) will support the implementation of State homeland security strategies to address identified planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.


The Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) program addresses the unique planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas, and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. 


The Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG)  provides state, local, tribal, and territorial governments resources in preparing for all hazards, which among other things, may include updating emergency plans, strengthening emergency management governance, and conducting community exercises.


The Notice of Funding Opportunity for each program was released on April 12, 2019 and is available at