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Emergency Management Performance Grant

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EMPG Application Period Open (7/1/20)

The FY2020 Emergency Management Performance Grant application period is now open. See the Notice of Funding Opportunity section below. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT July 31, 2020. See the Grants Frequently Asked Questions page for initial help.

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About the Emergency Management Performance Grant

The purpose of the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program is to make grants available to states to assist state, local, territorial and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.).

Title VI of the Stafford Act authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make grants for the purpose of providing a system of emergency preparedness for the protection of life and property in the United States from hazards and to vest responsibility for emergency preparedness jointly in the federal government, states and their political subdivisions. The federal government, through the EMPG program, provides necessary direction, coordination and guidance, and provides necessary assistance, as authorized in this title so that a comprehensive emergency preparedness system exists at all levels for all hazards.

Examples of tangible outcomes from the EMPG program include building and sustaining core capabilities through:

  • Completion of the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process
  • Strengthening governance integration
  • Approved emergency plans
  • Development and maintenance of multi-year Training and Exercise Plans (TEPs)
  • Targeted training and verification of personnel capability
  • Whole community approach to security and emergency management

Additional Information

To apply for federal funding opportunities, a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, as well as a current status in the System for Award Management (SAM) is required. It may take four weeks or more after submission for the registration to become active in SAM and an additional 24 hours for grants.gov to recognize the information. This can be done online at Grants.gov.

Be aware, beginning on April 27, 2018, all entities renewing or updating their SAM registration at SAM.gov are required to submit an original signed, notarized letter confirming the authorized entity administrator associated with the DUNS number before the registration is activated.