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Emergency Management Performance Grants

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Emergency Management Performance Grants


Federal Agency




U.S. Troop Readiness, Veteran's Care Katrina Recovery and Iraq Accountability Appropriation Act, 2007 (P.L. 110-28)and appropriated by the Fiscal Year 2008 (FY 2008) Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (P.L. 110-161).






To provide resources to assist State and local governments to sustain and enhance all-hazards emergency management capabilities. All hazards approach to emergency response, including the development of a comprehensive program, planning, training, exercises, sets the stage for an effective and consistent response to any threatened or actual disaster or emergency, regardless of the cause. State have the opportunity to use EMPG funds to further strengthen their ability to support emergency management activities while simultaneously addressing issues of national concern as identified in the National Priorities of National Preparedness Guidelines.


Types of Assistance

Formula Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Each state shall obligate 100% of the total grant program amount to the designated state-level EMA. For more detailed guidance on the EMPG grant program please refer to the current Fiscal Year solicitation guidance.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, as defined in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, refer to means "any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any possession of the United States." The State Administration Agency (SAA) is the only agency eligible to apply for EMPG funds. Additionally, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands are eligible to receive EMPG funding.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Funding under this program is ultimately used by emergency management organizations and programs of States, the District of Columbia, territories and possessions of the Unites States, local, and Indian Tribal governments.


Grantees must maintain and expand any necessary capabilities to sustain an effective emergency management program. These capabilities must be able to address all-hazards emergencies. To help assess these capabilities, all EMPG award recipients submit a narrative as a part of the application. Additionally, all EMPG award recipients are required to submit a budget and budget narrative.


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. Technical assistance is available for application preparation from the FEMA Regional Offices.

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 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

Pursuant to the Compact of Free Association, $50,000 each may be available for the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The EMPG program has a 50% federal and 50% state cost-share cash or in-kind match requirement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

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


Post Assistance Requirements


Categorical Assistance 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 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 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.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $244,000,000 (includes $194 million for FY-2007, as well as $50 million in FY 2007 Supplemental funds; FY 08 est $291,450,000; and FY 09 est $200,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.


Program Accomplishments

All States and eligible Territories have received EMPGs in fiscal year 2002.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

For more requirements and guidance, please refer to the current year EMPG program.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

The G&T Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID); Telephone: 1 (800)368-6498 or CSID hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m.7:00 p.m. (EST), Monday - Friday.

Headquarters Office

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

Web Site Address


Related Programs

97.008, Urban Areas Security Initiative
97.053, Citizen Corps
97.071, Metropolitan Medical Response System
97.073, State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
97.074, Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (Letpp)
97.067 Homeland Security Grant Program


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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