Grants Program Directorate Fact Sheets
Fact sheets explaining the Grants program.
|Grant Programs Directorate|
Formally created on April 1, 2007 in accordance with the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, the Grant Programs Directorate was formed from three legacy organizations: (1) FEMA Grants Management Branch, (2) DHS Office of Grants and Training – Office of Grant Operations, and (3) DHS Office of Grants and Training – Preparedness Programs Division.
|Grant Preparedness Directorate Review Process|
All grant applications received by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) undergo an extensive review process to determine eligibility and adherence to programmatic requirements prior to award allocations. The review process can occur in different phases.
|Grants Life Cycle|
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s non-disaster grant programs are managed by the Grant Programs Directorate. Within GPD, the Preparedness Grants Division manages the programmatic functions for its preparedness grant programs, while the Grant Operations division supports financial grant management for all FEMA grant programs. Together, they manage the full grant lifecycle. Internal and external stakeholder engagement occurs throughout the lifecycle to support transparency throughout the process. This input, along with findings from program implementation and evaluation, drive future program development. There are six phases of the grant lifecycle, which include the following:
|Grant Development and Administration|
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Grant Programs Directorate is fiscally responsible for approximately 17,000 open grants and is programmatically responsible for more than two-thirds of those grants. The following preparedness grants are programmatically managed by the Grant Development & Administration Division of GPD.
|Assistance of Firefighters Grants|
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grants is an important component of the Administration’s larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the Nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire related hazards. This program has been providing funding to fire departments and other first responders since 2001. To date, a total of $2.75 Billion in grants have been awarded to enable first responder organizations to acquire response equipment, personal protective equipment, training, vehicles, and to fund fire prevention activities.
|Financial and Programmatic Grant Monitoring|
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Grant Programs Directorate staff and the ten FEMA regions monitor grantees to ensure that project goals, objectives, performance requirements, timelines, milestone completion, budgets, and other related grant requirements are met.
|Fiscal Year 2009 Preparedness Grant|
In fiscal Year 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will award more than $3 billion in grants to states, urban areas and transportation authorities under 14 programs to bolster national preparedness capabilities and protect critical infrastructure. Fiscal Year 2009 grant programs provide $24 million more than last year to enhance the nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. This includes the department’s two largest grant programs: the Homeland Security Grant Program.
|Fiscal Year 2008 Competitive Training Grant Program|
The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Competitive Training Grant Program is an important component of the Administration’s larger, coordinated effort to strengthen homeland security preparedness. The CTGP awards funds to competitively selected applicants to develop and deliver innovative training programs addressing high priority national homeland security training needs.