TEMA's Homeland Security Grant Programs office is responsible, in conjunction with the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security in the Department of Safety, for administering the various grant programs made available to Tennessee by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These programs include the Homeland Security Grant Program, the Buffer Zone Protection Program, and others. These grants provide funds to equip and train first responders to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist acts and other disasters.
TEMA's Homeland Security Grant Programs office is primarily responsible for processing reimbursement requests from local governments and assisting them through the application and project formation processes. TEMA ensures that grant requests for payment meet criteria established by the grant and that authorized expenditures do not exceed the total approved for the grant.