State to receive increased homeland security grant funding

North Carolina will see a roughly $1 million increase in the amount of grant funding it receives from the Department of Homeland Security, officials said Friday.

The state will receive more than $17.5 million in Fiscal Year 2014-15, according to U.S. Congressman David Price’s office. That funding includes $3 million for Charlotte under the Urban Area Security Initiative, officials said.

“This grant funding is critically important to North Carolina and our communities because it will allow first responders to prepare for and respond to manmade and natural disasters,” Price said in a media release.

“We know firsthand the investments in preparedness can save huge sums of relief and recovery money when disasters strike.”

The funding breakdown includes more than $9 million under the Emergency Management Performance grant program, officials said. It also includes nearly $5.5 million under the State Homeland Security grant program, which officials said is a 15 percent increase.

Price represents the fourth district of North Carolina, is the ranking Democrat on the Appropriation Subcommittee on Homeland Security and the former chair of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, according to his office. Observer Staff reports