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Technical Assistance

FEMA's Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) 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.

To request Technical Assistance, complete and sign the request form linked below. Completed and signed forms should be sent to

TA Request Form

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

The Grants Management Technical Assistance (GMTA) Program offers three levels of Training Assistance:

Level One: Technical Assistance (TA):  Information Resources

General information to raise awareness or enhance familiarity with best practices/protocols required within all jurisdictions.

Level Two: Templates, Models and Samples

Delivery of solution packages and performance models drawn from Federal, state, and local studies, best practices, and experience that guide the implementation of various initiatives.

Level Three: Delivery of the E/L0705 Fundamentals of Grants Management Course

This course, delivered through direct, onsite support, gives direct grant recipients )i.e. passthrough entities) and subrecipients a standardized view of FEMA grants management. The three-day course follows the complete grants management lifecycle to give participants a broad understanding of the key processes required to successfully manage a FEMA grant. It encourages students to gain a firsthand understanding of the grant lifecycle (pre-award, post-award and closeout) and their role in overseeing Federal grant funds.

Delivery of this course includes:

  • Eleven modules that include in-depth information on Funding Appropriations, Program Activation, Application, Review, Award, Monitoring, Payment Requests, Reporting, Amendments, Audits and Closeout
  • Scecialized information on Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) and procurement under grants
  • Activities that alow students to apply their learning and practice their mastery of material
  • Overview of current Federal regulations as they pertain to Title 2, Section 200 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards"

Information and Resources

 To request Technical Assistance, complete and sign the request form at the top of this page, indicating the level of assistance requested.

This form must be signed by the prime recipient of FEMA Federal financial assistance. Subrecipients must submit the request form through their passthrough entity for concurrence, signature and submission to the GMTA Program.

Completed and signed forms shouldbe sent to FEMA GMTA staff will reach out to coordinate the details, level of effort, and logistics of the technical assistance delivery.

For more recourses, please refer to the Grants Management Toolkit. The toolkit assists grant recipients in creating, revising, and improving the management of grant programs.

Last Updated: 
02/19/2020 - 10:27