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Program Descriptions

Program Number



Citizen Corps


Federal Agency




Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, Public Law 110-53 and the Department of Homeland Security Appropriation Act, 2008, Division E, Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161.






The purpose of Citizen Corps is to bring together community and government leaders to coordinate community involvement in emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation, response and recovery.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Citizen Corps funds currently available must be used for activities described in the Citizen Corps guidance materials provided to each State's designated point of contact. Grantees will be expected to develop a jurisdiction-wide strategic plan for the Citizen Corps initiative and to implement the elements of that plan. Of the funding provided for Citizen Corps activities, 75 percent must be passed through by the grantees to local governments. Localities receiving grants may use the funding for Citizen Corps Council organizing activities; for organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining CERTs; for defraying the added expense of liability coverage for CERT participants; and for outreach and public education campaigns to promote Citizen Corps and community and family safety measures, to include printing, marketing, advertising, and special events.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States are eligible to apply for the assistance under this program. For purposes of this program and consistent with the Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. 5122(4), "State" means any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Local governments may receive assistance as subgrantees to the States in which they are located. The term "local government" as used in this program has the meaning set forth in the Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. 5122(6), and includes any county, city, village, town, district, or other political subdivision of any State, any Indian tribe or authorized tribal organization, or Alaska Native village or organization, including any rural community or unincorporated town or village or any other public entity for which an application for assistance is made by a State or political subdivision thereof.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local units of government.


A program point of contact must be designated by the chief elected official of each jurisdiction eligible to apply to DHS for assistance.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedure

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

States will be allocated a base amount of Citizen Corps funds using the percentages prescribed in Section 1014 of the USA Patriot Act, P.L. 107-56. Each State will be allocated a base amount of 0.75 percent of the total amount available except that the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands each will be allocated a base amount of 0.25 percent of the total amount available. The remaining Citizen Corps grant funds will be allocated on the basis of population and added to the base amounts. The Citizen Corps grants will carry no cost-share requirement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.


Post Assistance Requirements


Categorical Assistance Progress Reports (CAPR) and Biannual Strategy Implementation Reports (BSIR) are due within 30 days after the end of the reporting periods, which are June 30 and December 31, for the life of the award. Grantees are also required to submit quarterly financial reports. These reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: Jan. 30, April 30, July 30, and Oct. 30. Final financial, CAPR and BSIR reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of the grant award.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $550,000 (remaining funding included in 97.067); FY 08 est $14,572,500; and FY 09 est $15,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.


Program Accomplishments

Not applicable.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

All available, relevant guidance is provided to the designated points of contact of all eligible State participants.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20528.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

97.051, State and Local All Hazards Emergency Operations Planning;
97.052, Emergency Operations Centers
97.025, National Urban Search And Rescue (US&R) Response System
97.038, First Responder Counter-Terrorism Training Assistance;
97.042, Emergency Management Performance Grants
97.044, Assistance To Firefighters Grant
97.008, Urban Areas Security Initiative
97.071, Metropolitan Medical Response System
97.073, State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
97.074, Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (Letpp)


Examples of Funded Projects

Not applicable.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.


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