Colorado homeland security grants cut |

Colorado homeland security grants cut

WASHINGTON – Colorado will get $15 million less in anti-terrorism grants from the federal government – down from $36.8 million last year – the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday.The state will get $21 million in five separate grants that generally pay for training and equipment for emergency first responders. The Denver area, which received an urban area grant, also will get less than half the money it got last year – $4.4 million, down from $8.7 million last year.The funding is part of an overall $1.7 billion Homeland Security grant program, which was cut from $2.36 billion last year.The cuts prompted angry responses from state and local officials throughout the country. But Colorado’s Barbara Kirkmeyer, Department of Local Affairs acting executive director, said she was pleased.This year, homeland security grants were awarded on a competitive application process. A review panel found Colorado’s application were among the strongest in the country in several areas, Kirkmeyer said in a statement.”We feel extremely gratified to have our state’s application recognized in this way by our peers,” Kirkmeyer said.

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