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U.S. Fire Administration
State Fire Training Systems Grants
One grant is provided to each of the 50 State Fire Training Academies (avg. $23,000 - $30,000). Grant funds are to be used within each State to deliver NFA training courses/programs and for marketing, administrative costs and electronic feedback of student data. Each State shall spend at least $28,000 in costs relating directly to the delivery of course materials.
Training Resources and Data Exchange (TRADE)
The Training Resources and Data Exchange (TRADE) program is a regionally-based network designed to foster the exchange of fire-related training information and resources among Federal, State, and local levels of government. The TRADE network consists of the directors of the 50 State Fire Service Training Systems and senior executive training officers from the Nation's largest fire departments.
Fire Service Hazardous Materials
One FSHM grant is provided to the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The grant provides information to the fire and emergency services community, emergency managers, and other local government officials concerning issues related to the planning, mitigation, prevention, and response to hazardous materials incidents, which includes acts of terrorism.
Prevention Advocacy Resources and Data Exchange (PARADE) Grants
The Prevention Advocacy Resources and Data Exchange (PARADE) program is a regionally based network designed to foster the exchange of fire-related prevention/ protection information and resources among Federal, State, and local levels of government. The PARADE network is modeled in approach and mechanism after the National Fire Academy's TRADE (Training Resources and Data Exchange) program.
Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is dedicated solely to preventing unintentional childhood injury. It focuses on one specific problem: more children 1 to 14 die from accidents such as motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning, poisoning and falls than any other cause.
Degrees at a Distance Program
Degrees at a Distance supports curriculum development, regional meeting support, program marketing, course material printing and publications and initiation of institutional agreements with local two-year college degree programs and colleges/universities to provide an alternative means for fire service personnel to earn a bachelor's degree or to pursue college-level learning in a fire related course concentration without the requirement of having to attend on-campus classes.
National Preparedness Directorate
National Training Program (HSNTP)
Under the Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP), cooperative and inter-agency agreements are awarded to applicants to design, develop and deliver training content and support for Federal, State, local, and Tribal jurisdictions in accordance with DHS doctrine guidance and approved homeland security strategies.
Competitive Training Grant Program (CTGP)
Awards are made to State, local, Tribal, and Territorial governments, national associations, higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. The CTGP program awards funds to competitively selected applicants to develop and deliver innovative training programs addressing high priority national homeland security training needs.
Homeland Security Preparedness Technical Assistance Program (HSPTAP)
HSPTAP provides direct assistance to State, regional, local, and Tribal jurisdictions to improve their ability to enhance capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from major events, including threats or acts of terrorism. A primary objective of the program is to enhance the capacity of State and local jurisdictions, as well as special needs jurisdictions (e.g., port authorities and mass transit agencies) to develop, plan, and implement effective preparedness strategies for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) incidents and other major events.
Systems Support Grant Program (in conjunction with GPD)
Systems Support Grant Program direct assistance funding supports the continuation of the Responder Knowledge Base (RKB) and Lessons Learned Information Sharing websites. The RKB is a web-based information service for the emergency responder community funded by DHS and hosted by the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT). RKB operates as a public service, with no cost to users and no cost to information contributors such as product manufacturers. NPD will programmatically administer the grant; however, the financial management and oversight responsibilities will remain with GPD.
Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program
RCPGP provides funding to advance catastrophic incident preparedness to Tier I and designated Tier II Urban Areas. The goal of RCPGP is to support an integrated planning system that enables regional all-hazard planning for catastrophic events and the development of necessary plans, protocols, and procedures to manage a catastrophic event.
Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)
As with other FEMA emergency preparedness programs, CSEPP is administered through the states. FEMA distributes funds to the states under cooperative agreements based on an annual work plan negotiated between the states and FEMA regional offices. States are then responsible for financial accountability and observing Federal grant management rules, and they provide quarterly financial and performance reports addressing the capability improvement realized through these funds.
Disaster Assistance Directorate
Alternative Housing Pilot Program
The purpose of this Program is to evaluate non-traditional short and intermediate-term housing alternatives for potential future use in a catastrophic disaster environment. This grant program solicited competitive proposals from the states of the Gulf Coast Region: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, so that those hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina and the hurricanes of the 2005 season may benefit from this pilot program. The governors of these states were asked to identify a single state agency, through which the grant proposals for testing innovative and creative alternative housing solutions are to be submitted to FEMA.
Debris Removal Insurance
The purpose of this Program is to incorporate a captive insurance company by the City of New York in the State of New York and its contractors for claims arising from debris removal at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The captive insurance company provides insurance coverage exclusively for the City of New York and those contractors that were paid by the City to perform debris removal at the World Trade Center site.
Disaster Donations Management
Funding is used to distribute technology solutions to State and local government and voluntary agencies throughout the country prior to a major event, through FEMA’s partnership with the Aidmatrix Foundation- a non-profit national donation management program connecting donors, governments and nonprofits. This allows end-users to incorporate technology solutions into their planning, increasing their capacity to respond quickly and effectively once a disaster occurs. The Program enables government and voluntary agencies to create visibility and establish logistical tracking of resources and source locations for donated items, services, and volunteers; and facilitate a match between those resources and needed assistance.
Katrina Case Management
FEMA has awarded case management grants, using donations from the international community, to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) to assist Hurricane Katrina survivors with comprehensive long-term recovery needs. The program has created a nationwide system of 3,000 case managers dedicated to assisting disaster survivors with unmet needs, from longer term housing to social services. This coordinated system will complement the existing casework already occurring in communities across the nation, in an effort to help individuals with the most extensive needs rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina. There has been no funding obligated for two years but the program remains open until all grants close out.
Emergency Food and Shelter National Board
This Program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. The Program provides funding to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food, and supportive services for needy families and individuals. A National Board, chaired by FEMA, with representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities; and United Way of America governs the EFS Program.
Fire Management Assistance
The FMAGP funds the mitigation, management, and control of any fire burning on publicly (non-Federal) or privately owned forest or grassland that threatens such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The Fire Management Assistance declaration process is initiated when a State submits a request for assistance to the FEMA Regional Director at the time a "threat of major disaster" exists. The entire process is accomplished on an expedited basis and a FEMA decision is rendered in a matter of hours. Eligible firefighting costs may include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; tools, materials and supplies; and mobilization and demobilization activities.
The objective of the PA Grant Program is to provide assistance to States, local governments, and certain Non-Profit organizations to alleviate suffering and hardship resulting from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President. PA provides funding to repair, restore, reconstruct, or replace public facilities and infrastructure (such as bridges and roads) damaged or destroyed in a major disaster or emergency. Recovery from disasters includes: debris removal, emergency protective measures, and repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities/infrastructure.
Crisis Counseling (CC) Program
The CC Program provides technical assistance, training, and short-term crisis counseling services to people affected by a disaster at no cost to the disaster victims. States receive funding for counseling services, including screening, diagnostic, and counseling techniques. It also provides funding for outreach services, such as public information, community networking, consultation and education that can be applied to meet mental health needs immediately after a Presidential declaration.
Presidential Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households – Other Needs
To provide assistance to individuals and households affected by a disaster or emergency declared by the President, and enable them to address necessary expenses and serious needs, which cannot be met through other forms of disaster assistance or through other means such as insurance, personal property, medical, dental, funeral, and other items.
Case Management (Newly Authorized Program)
The program is currently restricted to the following entities and organizations: Central US Earthquake Consortium, Western States Seismic Policy Council, and Northeast States Emergency Consortium. The Earthquake Consortia provide guidance and assistance to State and local governments and communities to help them reduce their risk from earthquakes.
National Dam Safety
With the exception of Alabama, all of States and Puerto Rico have regulatory programs in place for dam safety and participate in the National Dam Safety Program. Program activities typically provide for the safety evaluation of existing dams, review of plans and specifications for dam construction and major repairs, periodic inspections of construction on new and existing dams, and review and approval of Emergency Action Plans (EAPs).
Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP)
The CTP program creates partnerships between FEMA and participating NRIP communities, regional agencies, and State agencies that have the interest and capability to become more active participants in the FEMA flood hazard mapping program. CTP increases local involvement in, and ownership of, the development and maintenance of flood hazard maps produced for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Map Modernization Management Support (MMMS)
The purpose of the Map Modernization Management Support (MMMS) Program is to provide, through a Cooperative Agreement, a means to ensure that MMMS Partners can support Flood Map Modernization through activities that do not directly result in production of a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). MMMS Partners write a five-year business plan to document the partner’s description of its approach and capabilities for participation in the Flood Map Modernization activities. MMMS was funded through FY08, in conjunction with the Map Modernization Program, and is being evolved into a Program Management activity under CTP for future fiscal years. Therefore, MMMS will no longer be used as a funding vehicle past FY08.
Community Assistance Program–State Support Services Element (CAP-SSSE)
The purpose of the CAP-SSSE program is to provide, through a State grant mechanism, a means to ensure that more than 20,500 communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are achieving the flood loss reduction goals of the NFIP. CAP-SSSE is intended to accomplish this by funding States to provide technical assistance to NFIP communities and to evaluate community performance in implementing NFIP floodplain management activities with the additional goal of building State and community floodplain management expertise and capability.
Flood Mitigation Assistance
Flood Mitigation Assistance provides funding to States, federally recognized Indian Tribal governments, and communities for cost-effective measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The long-term goal of FMA is to reduce or eliminate claims under the NFIP through mitigation activities.
Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC)
The RFC grant program provides funding to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to structures insured under the NFIP that have had one or more claim payments for flood damages. The long-term goal of the RFC program is to reduce or eliminate claims under the NFIP through mitigation activities that are in the best interest of the National Flood Insurance Fund (NFIF).
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive (PDM)
The PDM program provides funds to States, Territories, Federally recognized Indian Tribal governments, and local communities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event. The goal of the PDM Program is to reduce overall risks to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
The HMGP assists States, Tribes, and local communities in implementing long-term hazard mitigation measures following a major disaster declaration. The goal of the HMGP Program is to reduce or eliminate future risk to lives and property from natural hazards.
Severe Repetitive Loss Program (SRL)
The SRL program provides funding to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to severe repetitive loss residential structures insured under the NFIP.
Disaster Operations Directorate
Urban Search and Rescue Response System
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to establish yearly Cooperative Agreements with the 28 State and local emergency management sponsoring jurisdictions currently designated by FEMA to be members of the National US&R System. The mission of the US&R System is to provide a national rescue capability that provides lifesaving resources to victims of structural collapse. These Cooperative Agreements provide a mechanism for distribution of funding to prepare the 28 Task Forces for US&R disaster response, including response to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD), National Special Security Events (NSSE) or other designated disasters or emergencies.
Grant Programs Directorate
Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program
Fire Departments (Career/Volunteer)/EMS. The AFG program provides resources directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services (EMS) organizations to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. This program provides funding competitively to fire departments or nonaffiliated EMS organizations that are operating in the 56 states and territories.
Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S)
FP & S provides support for funding efforts to mitigate incidences of deaths and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards especially in high-risk target groups such as children, adults over 65, and firefighters. In addition, FP&S supports Firefighter Safety Research and Development activities. This program provides funding competitively to fire departments and fire prevention and firefighter safety research organizations. The governing statute includes a requirement that no less than five percent of the appropriated AFG funds support FP & S activities.
Staffing for Adequate Fire Emergency Response Grant Program (SAFER)
SAFER grants help fire departments increase the number of frontline firefighters. The goal is for fire departments to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities and ultimately attain 24-hour staffing, thus assuring that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. This program provides funding competitively to fire departments that are operating in the 56 states and territories.
Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) (counted as 4 programs)
These wide-reaching programs fund planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise activities in support of the National Preparedness Guidelines and related national doctrine, such as the National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Framework (NRF), and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). Funds through these programs provide critical assistance to state and local homeland security efforts and can be leveraged to support resources available through other assistance programs that center on infrastructure protection activities.
State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
SHSP supports building and sustaining capabilities at the state and local levels through planning, equipment, training, and exercise activities, and helps states to implement the strategic goals and objectives included in state homeland security strategies. The SHSP supports activities within all four homeland security mission areas as well as the National Priorities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. This program provides funding to all 56 states and territories based on a combination of formula, risk, and effectiveness.
Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)
UASI addresses the unique multi-disciplinary planning, operations, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas, and assists them in building and sustaining capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from threats or acts of terrorism. This program provides funding to high-risk urban areas based on risk and effectiveness.
Metropolitan Medical Response Grants (MMRS)
MMRS program assists designated local, metropolitan areas to sustain and further enhance regionally integrated all-hazards mass casualty preparedness and response capabilities to achieve: adequate progress in meeting designated target capabilities; increased integration with statewide mass casualty initiatives and capabilities; and effective coordination with mutually supporting program guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services and other relevant federal agencies. This program provides funding by formula basis to 124 MMRS jurisdictions.
Citizen Corps Program (CCP) (managed by NPD)
CCP supports Citizen Corps Councils with efforts to engage citizens in personal preparedness, exercises, ongoing volunteer programs, and surge capacity response, in order to better prepare citizens to be fully aware, trained, and practiced on how to prevent, protect/mitigate, prepare for, and respond to all threats and hazards.
Homeland Security Grant Program Tribal Allocation
The Tribal allocation is available to twelve Tribal governments. The purpose is to provide supplemental funding to directly eligible tribes to help strengthen the nation against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks. Pursuant to the 9/11 Act, “a directly eligible tribe applying for a grant under section 2004 [SHSP] shall designate an individual to serve as a tribal liaison with [DHS] and other federal, state, local, and regional government officials concerning preventing, preparing for, protecting against and responding to acts of terrorism.”
Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)
TSGP creates a sustainable, risk-based effort for the protection of critical transit infrastructure from terrorism, especially explosives and non-conventional threats that would cause major disruption to commerce and significant loss of life. Funding is provided to owners and operators of the nation’s critical transit infrastructure, including rail, intra-city bus, ferry systems, and Amtrak. For the highest risk urban areas, this funding is provided as a regional allocation; for other urban areas, funding is awarded on a competitive basis.
Intercity Passenger Rail Security
TSGP-Intercity Passenger Rail Security provides funding to Amtrak for continued security enhancements for their intercity rail operations between key, high-risk urban areas throughout the United States. The allocation of rail transit funding is based on a formula which includes ridership, track miles, number of stations, and threat.
Intracity Bus Security Grant Program
The Intracity Bus Security Grant Program provides funding to support operators of fixed route intercity and charter bus services. It is one of five grant programs that constitute the FEMA focus on infrastructure protection activities, which are designed to strengthen the nation's critical infrastructure against risks associated with terrorism. Funding is used to address security enhancements for intercity buses. The intra-city bus funding allocation is based on ridership.
The ferry system funding helps increase the security of ferry systems in different regions. Systems eligible to compete for ferry system funding have been identified based on ridership and location within a defined UASI jurisdiction.
Freight Rail Security Grant Program (FRSGP)
The Freight Rail Security Grant Program (FRSGP) is a component of the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), which is one of five grant programs that constitute the FEMA focus on infrastructure protection activities. The FRSGP is one tool among a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the Administration to help strengthen the Nation’s critical infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks.
Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)
PSGP creates a sustainable, risk-based effort for the protection of critical port infrastructure from terrorism, especially explosives and non-conventional threats that would cause major disruption to commerce and significant loss of life. This program provides funding competitively to eligible ports. In support of this, the PSGP includes 102 specifically identified critical ports, representing 95 percent of the foreign waterborne commerce of the United States as eligible to apply for funding.
Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)
IBSGP creates a sustainable program for the protection of intercity bus systems and the traveling public from terrorism, especially explosives and non-conventional threats that would cause major loss of life and severe disruption. Program priorities include facility, driver and vehicle security enhancements, emergency communications technology, coordinating with local police and emergency responders, training and exercises; and passenger and baggage screening programs in defined UASI service areas. This program provides funding competitively to eligible charter and fixed route intercity bus systems servicing UASI urban areas.
Trucking Security Program (TSP)
TSP sustains the Highway Watch® Program to enhance homeland security through increased vigilance and awareness on the Nation’s highways. The grant priorities of the Trucking Security Program include participant identification and recruitment; ensuring that the Highway Watch Program addresses homeland security and safety issues in conjunction with the National Preparedness Goal; and maintaining a full-time Highway Watch Call Center. This program provides funding to the American Trucking Associations.
Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP)
BZPP supports the development and implementation of Buffer Zone Plans for prevention and protection activities outside perimeter of critical infrastructure sites. The program provides funding to build security and risk-management capabilities to secure critical infrastructure, including chemical facilities, nuclear and electric power plants, dams, stadiums, arenas and other high-risk areas. This program provides funding to states and territories with eligible critical infrastructure and key resource (CI/KR) sites.
Emergency Operations Centers (EOC)
The EOC Grant Program is intended to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities by supporting flexible, sustainable, secure, and interoperable EOCs with a focus on addressing identified deficiencies and needs.
Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)
Operation Stonegarden provides funding to designated localities to enhance cooperation and coordination between federal, State, local, Tribal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the United States border along routes of ingress from international borders to include travel corridors in states bordering Mexico and Canada as well as States and territories with international water borders.
Interoperable Emergency Communication Grants (IECG)
The IECGP provides governance, planning, training and exercise funding to states, territories, and local and Tribal governments to carry out initiatives to improve interoperable emergency communications, including communications and collective response to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.
UASI-NSGP provides funding support for target hardening activities to nonprofit organizations that are considered high risk for international terrorist attack. While this funding is provided specifically to high-risk nonprofit organizations, the program seeks to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts. UASI-NSGP is designed to promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives, State and local government agencies, and Citizen Corps Councils.
Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Program
PSIC assists public safety agencies in the planning and coordination associated with, acquisition of, deployment of, or training for the use of interoperable communications equipment, software and systems that; utilize reallocated public safety spectrum for radio communication; enable interoperability with communications systems that can utilize reallocated public safety spectrum for communication; or otherwise improve or advance the interoperability of public safety communications systems that utilize other public safety spectrum bands. PSIC is a one-time formula-based, matching grant program that provides funding to all 56 states and territories. PSIC is being administered by the Grant Programs Directorate on behalf of the Department of Commerce.
Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)
EMPG program assists state and local governments to sustain and enhance the effectiveness of their emergency management program. This program provides funding by formula basis to all 56 states and territories as well as the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Real ID Grant Program
The REAL ID Program seeks to enhance the security and protections that are needed to issue “one person one real id.” The program will help States improve state driver’s license and ID card issuance capabilities as well as position states to work collectively to develop more secure systems to verify a person’s identity.