Competitive Training Grants
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
The Department of Homeland Security Appropriation Act of 2008, Consolidated Appropriation Act 2008, P.L. 110-161.
To support the training initiatives that are national in scope and further the FEMA mission to reduce the loss of life, property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorisms, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation.
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds will be used to develop and deliver innovative training programs addressing high priority national homeland security training needs. See the program guidance for detailed information regarding uses and use restrictions.
State, local, tribal, and territorial governments; national associations and organizations; higher education institutions; nonprofits, including community and faith-based organizations; and the private sector.
State and local units of government.
Application and Award Process
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 deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.
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.
Formula and Matching Requirements
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
Grantees are required to submit Categorical Assistance Progress Reports (CAPR) semi-annually. The CAPRs are due within 30 days after the end of the reporting period (July 30 with a reporting period of January 1 through June 30, and January 30 with a reporting period of July 1 through December 31) for the life of the award. Grantees are also required to submit quarterly Financial Status Reports (FSR). The FSR are due 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter on January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30. Final CAPR and FSR reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award, whichever occurs first.
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 be 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.
(Grants) FY 07 $29,100,000; FY 08 est $27,202,000; and FY 09 est $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.
Previous efforts have resulted in over 910,000 first responders receiving training. Courses are designed to increase awareness of terrorism threats and weapons of mass destruction among public officials, public health personnel, the medical community, public safety and public works personnel; as well as provide intensive technician and operations courses that demonstrate the effects of and response to live agents, explosives, and radiation.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For regulations and guidelines please refer to the program guidance.
Regional or Local Office
Department of Homeland Security 245 Murray Lane, Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20528.
Web Site Address
97.067, Homeland Security Grant Program
97.005 State And Local Homeland Security Training Program
97.007, Homeland Security Preparedness Technical Assistance Program
Examples of Funded Projects
Training programs targeting areas like community outreach; vulnerable populations and special needs; intelligence, information sharing, and fusion centers; cyber-terrorism; agriculture; regional collaboration and continuity of operations planning; transit, port and infrastructure protection; rural communities; law enforcement; and mass casualty.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.