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Civil Rights Responsibilities for Grant Recipients

Any organization that receives federal financial assistance from FEMA cannot discriminate or prevent participation in a program or activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status.

The Office of Civil Rights is responsible for making sure all grant recipients and subrecipients (i.e., recipients who receive funding as part of a Federal award) comply with all applicable civil rights laws and regulations.

Assurance of Compliance

All recipients (or grantees) are required to sign and submit an assurance of compliance document, which affirms that the grantees’ projects, programs or services have complied and will comply with all applicable civil rights laws and regulations.

These documents must be signed by a proper authorized official on behalf of the recipient’s/grantee’s organization.

Civil Rights Evaluation Tool

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) has a comprehensive compliance program to make sure recipients are carrying out their programs and activities in a nondiscriminatory manner.

FEMA’s Office of Civil Rights and DHS CRCL work together to make sure that grant recipients understand and meet their civil rights requirements.

Learn more about the Civil Rights Evaluation Tool and access DHS resources and training opportunities at


The Office of Civil Rights has the authority to:

  • Conduct compliance reviews and investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination by FEMA or its grant recipients.
  • Offer recommendations, technical assistance, training, research, and data analysis regarding equal rights, civil rights, and responsibilities to FEMA, its grant recipients, and the public for FEMA programs and activities.
  • Make sure FEMA programs and activities follow all applicable civil rights laws, regulations, and Executive Orders.

DHS, Department of Justice (DOJ) and FEMA Directives

Contact Us

External Civil Rights Division
Office of Civil Rights
500 C Street, SW
4th Floor – 4SW-0915
Washington, D.C. 20472-3535

FEMA TTY: 800-462-7585