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FEMA's Grant Programs Directorate (GPD), Training and Professional Development Branch, provides the Grants Management Technical Assistance (GMTA) Program to state, regional, local, and tribal jurisdictions on basic and advanced grants management principles and practices.

The objective of the program is to improve the ability of FEMA grant recipients to administer federal grant funding.  The GMTA Program adapts to fit the specific needs of the jurisdictions and is sustained by FEMA's homeland security and emergency management partners to institutionalize sound business grants management concepts at the State and local level.

Technical Assistance services are available at no cost to the grant recipient.

Target Audience

FEMA Direct Recipients, such as the State Administrative Agency (SAA), Tribal Entities, Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), and Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) personnel; and/or Subrecipients, such as Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI).

Technical Assistance Services

Level One Technical Assistance (TA):  Information Resources

Delivery of telephone and/or electronic information, including sample resources and publications from recipient or subrecipient colleagues; networking and referral.

Examples of Level One Technical Assistance:

  • Share sample monitoring report forms and protocols with a SAA requesting assistance in developing a subrecipient monitoring program for their FEMA grants.
  • Provide guidance on federal financial audits for a UASI in preparation for an A-133 audit. In such cases, referral to specific guidance in the Code of Federal Regulations is provided to the requesting agency.

Level Two Technical Assistance (TA):  Templates, Models and Samples

Development of models, templates and samples, as well as other specific needs/issues, as requested by the recipient and/or subrecipient.

Example of Level Two Technical Assistance: 

  • Preparation of a Basic Grants Management Workshop curriculum in the form of a Power Point presentation which can be delivered by the requesting agency and/or the TA Provider at an annual statewide grants workshop.

Level Three Technical Assistance (TA): On-Site Direct Deliveries and/or Workshops

Meeting facilitation; direct guidance and consultation; intensive, short-term, site-specific workshops. The duration of the TA delivery varies depending upon the TA needs of the requestor.

Examples of Level Three Technical Assistance: 

  • On-site Direct TA Deliveries - Creation and delivery of customized, on-site guidance specific to the requesting jurisdiction’s needs, including revising/updating grants management policies, procedures, forms and processes. The average Direct TA delivery lasts 4-5 days.
  • On-site Direct TA Workshops (e.g. for a SAA subrecipients) - Delivery of on-site assistance with a statewide/territorial workshop for the requesting agency’s subrecipients keynoting effective grants management principles and practices.

Information and Resources

Inquiries for further information and other TA services may be submitted electronically to

Submit your TA Request Form to

TA Request Form (PDF 44KB, TXT 2KB)

A Resources section is coming soon. Please check back frequently for access to TA presentations and information regarding upcoming TA workshops.

Last Updated: 
07/01/2015 - 08:26