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Homeland Security, Criminal Justice Grant Funding Available for East Texas Public Safety Projects
Homeland Security, Criminal Justice Grant Funding Available for East Texas Public Safety Projects
East Texas, November 27, 2023: State agencies, local governments, nonprofit organizations, universities or colleges, and federally recognized Native American tribes can soon apply for FY 2025 grant funds from the Office of the Governor, Public Safety Office, State Homeland Security Grant Program and Criminal Justice division. New and continuing applicants in ETCOG’s fourteen (14) county region are invited to attend FREE grant application workshops hosted by the ETCOG Public Safety division.

There will be five workshops for each grant category to be held virtually from December 14, 2023, through January 29, 2024. Grant funding will be available for the following programs:

Homeland Security

  • State Homeland Security Program – Regular Projects (SHSP-R)
  • Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Activities (LETPA)

Criminal Justice

  • General Victim Assistance Direct Services Program (VOCA)
  • Violence Against Women Justice and Training Program (VAWA)
  • Juvenile Justice & Truancy Prevention Grant Program (SF-JJTP)
  • Criminal Justice Program (DJ-JAG)
  • Residential & Community-Based Services for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

“The goal is to improve public safety, support victims of crime, and assist jurisdictions by filling gaps in the region via funding that promotes innovative solutions to regional problems,” said ETCOG’s Public Safety Director, Stephanie Heffner. “We help applicants understand what needs to go into their grant applications and what they have to track once they receive funding from the state so we can successfully bring public safety projects to East Texas.”

Workshops for Homeland Security will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, 12/28/23 – 10:00 to 11:15 AM
  • Thursday, 01/04/24 – 10:00 to 11:15 AM
  • Thursday, 01/11/24 – 10:00 to 11:15 AM
  • Thursday, 01/18/24 – 10:00 to 11:15 AM
  • Thursday, 01/25/24 – 10:00 to 11:15 AM

Workshops for Criminal Justice will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, 12/14/23 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 12/19/22 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, 01/10/24 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, 01/16/24 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday 01/29/24 – 10:00 a.m.

Workshops are mandatory if you plan to apply for funding. To participate in a virtual workshop for Homeland Security, visit To participate in a virtual workshop for Criminal Justice, visit

About the Public Safety Program

Working in partnership with state and local officials, ETCOG has been tapped as the primary planning and coordinating entity for Emergency 9-1-1 Communications in East Texas. ETCOG, through its Public Safety program, works with the State to have fully deployed, advanced 9-1-1 services for wireless callers and help plan for Next Generation 9-1-1. The program also supports first responders and plan regionally for disasters by partnering with the Texas Office of the Governor to coordinate Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Planning. The Public Safety program encompasses three program areas: 9-1-1 Emergency Services, Criminal Justice, and Homeland Security.


The East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) is a voluntary association of counties, cities, school districts and special districts within the fourteen-county East Texas region. ETCOG assists local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. Established in 1970, ETCOG, either directly, or through its contractors, provides programs and services for East Texas seniors, employers, and job seekers. ETCOG and its contractors also build the 9-1-1 emergency call delivery system, provide peace officer training and homeland security planning services; and deliver rural transportation services, business finance programs, and environmental grant funding for the region.

Media Contact:

Lindsay Vanderbilt

Director of Communications

(903) 218-6442

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