Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP)

The FY 2010 Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP), provides funds to increase the preparedness capabilities of jurisdictions responsible for the safety and security of communities surrounding high-priority Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource (CIKR) assets through planning and equipment acquisition.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

BZPP grant awards will be administered by the respective State Administrative Agency (SAA) and may be used for planning, equipment, and management of protective actions relating to the program objectives.

The SAA will allocate program funds to the jurisdiction(s) responsible for the safety and security of the communities in which CI/KR sites are located.

For additional information concerning BZPP grant award uses and restrictions, please refer to the program solicitation guidance.

All BZPP sites have been selected prior to the grant announcement based on the risk of the individual sites themselves.

Therefore, FY 2010 BZPP funding allocated to any given state or territory is entirely a function of the number, type and character of pre-identified higher-risk sites within their respective jurisdictions; there are no discretionary sites.

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, as defined in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, means 'any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any possession of the United States.' The State's SAA is the only agency eligible to apply for BZPP grant funds and is responsible for obligating BZPP grant awards to the responsible jurisdiction(s) that have authority over the identified CIKR sites.

The term 'responsible jurisdiction' as used in the BZPP program guidance and application kit, refers to the primary agency (i.e.

State, local, or tribal entity or unit of government), that has authority over the DHS identified CIKR facility and its buffer zone surrounding the facility.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governmental jurisdiction(s) responsible for the CI/KR sites.


States, as defined in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, means 'any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any possession of the United States. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-83) and the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq.).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.




Funding is subject to reallocation each year, and may be consolidated with other programs.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. Based on project need. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Refer to program guidance.

Post Assistance Requirements


Federal Financial Reports (FFR) are required quarterly, which is due within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter and Semi-Annual Assistance Progress Reports (SAPR) is due on a semi-annual basis.

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In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than nine months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - Program was last funded in FY 2010. This program will remain open due to open awards.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Depending upon the assessment by DHS of the needs of identified CIKR facility; $200,000 to $5,200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For additional information on program requirements and guidance, please refer to the BZPP Program Guidelines and Application Kit.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Grant Programs Directorate, FEMA DHS/FEMA 400 C Street, SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20472-3625 Email: askcsid@dhs.gov Phone: (1-800) 368-6498

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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