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Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Grant Programs Directorate (GPD)

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06/13/22 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories government agencies to prepare for disasters. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended for activities to enhance preparedness for emergencies, including hazards related to climate change, while supporting equity and diversity. The purpose of this program is to assist SLTT emergency management agencies in obtaining the resources required for the implementation of the National Preparedness System and the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program is one of the grant programs that constitute DHS/FEMA’s focus on all-hazards emergency preparedness, including the evolving threats and risks associated with climate change. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS. Among the goals noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, the EMPG Program supports the goal to Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience.

The 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan outlines a bold vision and three ambitious goals designed to address key challenges the agency faces during a pivotal moment in the field of emergency management. Wide-ranging and long-term, the goals defined in the plan respond to the changing landscape in which we find ourselves. The goals to meet this challenge are:

  • Goal 1 - Instill Equity as a Foundation of Emergency Management
  • Goal 2 - Lead Whole of Community in Climate Resilience
  • Goal 3 - Promote and Sustain a Ready FEMA and Prepared Nation

These goals position FEMA to address the increasing range and complexity of disasters, support the diversity of communities served, and complement the nation’s growing expectations of the emergency management community. 

The primary objective of the FY 2022 EMPG Program is to provide funds to assist state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management agencies to implement the National Preparedness System (NPS) and to support the National Preparedness Goal (the Goal) of a secure and resilient nation. To that end, program objectives include: 1) closing capability gaps that are identified in the state or territory’s most recent Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR); and 2) building or sustaining those capabilities that are identified as high priority through the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)/SPR process and other relevant information sources.

The national priorities for the FY 2022 EMPG Program are:

  • Equity
  • Climate Resilience
  • Readiness

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GrantWatch ID#: 203373

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Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance: 36 months
- Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): October 1, 2021
- Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): September 30, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

State or territorial governments (the State Administrative Agency [SAA] or the state’s Emergency Management Agency [EMA]).

All 56 states and territories, as well as the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia (collectively “state or territory”), are eligible to apply for FY 2022 EMPG Program funds. Either the SAA or the EMA is eligible to apply directly to FEMA for EMPG Program funds on behalf of each state or territory. However, only one application will be accepted from each state or territory.

An application submitted by an otherwise eligible non-federal entity (i.e., the applicant) may be deemed ineligible when the person that submitted the application is not: 1) a current employee, personnel, official, staff, or leadership of the non-federal entity; and 2) duly authorized to apply for an award on behalf of the non-federal entity at the time of application.

Further, the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) must be a duly authorized current employee, personnel, official, staff or leadership of the recipient and provide an email address unique to the recipient at the time of application and upon any change in assignment during the period of performance. Consultants or contractors of the recipient are not permitted to be the AOR of the recipient.

Prior to allocation of any federal preparedness awards, recipients must ensure and maintain adoption and implementation of NIMS. The list of objectives used for progress and achievement reporting is on FEMA’s website.

Relatedly, FY 2022 EMPG Program recipients are encouraged to use EMPG Program funds to support National Qualifications System (NQS) implementation efforts. As a post-award requirement, all recipients in the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia must begin NQS implementation efforts in FY22 while all other jurisdictions, including territories and FY 2022 EMPG Program subrecipients, are encouraged to begin planning for implementation.

Please see the Preparedness Grants Manual, Appendix H (FY 2022 Update) for more information on NIMS and NQS implementation requirements.

In support of the Goal, EMPG Program recipients must belong to, be located in, or act as an EMAC temporary member state, except for American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which are not currently subject to these requirements. All assets supported in part or entirely with FY 2022 EMPG Program funding must, where applicable, be readily deployable to support emergency or disaster operations per existing EMAC agreements.

Unallowable costs:

Pre-Application Information:

1. Key Dates and Times
a. Application Start Date: April 13, 2022
b. Application Submission Deadline: June 13, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET
All applications must be received by the established deadline.
c. Anticipated Funding Selection Date: No later than June 30, 2022
d. Anticipated Award Date: No later than September 30, 2022
e. Other Key Dates: (Suggested Deadline for Completion)
- Obtaining Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) Number- Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN)- Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Creating an account with - Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering in SAM or Updating SAM registration - Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering in - Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Starting application in - One week before actual submission deadline
- Submitting the final application in FEMA’s ND Grants - By the submission deadline

Applying for an award under this program is a multi-step process and requires time to complete. Applicants are encouraged to register early as the registration process can take four weeks or more to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required submission deadlines. To apply for an award under this program, all applicants must:
1. Apply for, update, or verify their Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number from and Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service;
2. In the application, provide an UEI number;
3. Have an account with;
4. Register for, update, or verify their SAM account and ensure the account is active before submitting the application;
5. Create a account;
6. Add a profile to a account;
7. Establish an Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) in;
8. Register in ND Grants
9. Submit an initial application in;
10. Submit the final application in ND Grants, including electronically signing applicable forms; and
11. Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency. As part of this, applicants must also provide information on an applicant’s immediate and highest-level owner and subsidiaries, as well as on all predecessors that have been awarded federal contracts or federal financial assistance within the last three years, if applicable.
Applicants are advised that FEMA may not make a federal award until the applicant has complied with all applicable SAM requirements. Therefore, an applicant’s SAM registration must be active not only at the time of application, but also during the application review period and when FEMA is ready to make a federal award. Further, as noted above, an applicant’s or recipient’s SAM registration must remain active for the duration of an active federal award. If an applicant’s SAM registration is expired at the time of application, expires during application review, or expires any other time before award, FEMA may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a federal award to another applicant.

The FY 2022 EMPG Program has a cost-share requirement. The recipient contribution can be cash (hard match) or third-party in-kind (soft match). Eligible EMPG Program applicants shall agree to make available non-federal funds to carry out an EMPG Program award in an amount not less than 50% of the total project cost. For more information, see the URL for Full Text below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Initial applications are processed through the portal. Final applications are completed and submitted through FEMA’s ND Grants System. Application forms and instructions are available at To access these materials, go to

FEMA has assigned Regional Program Analysts for the EMPG Program. If you do not know your Regional Program Analyst, reference or contact CSID by phone at (800) 368-6498 or by email at, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET.

CSID is a non-emergency comprehensive management and information resource developed by FEMA for grants stakeholders. CSID provides general information on all FEMA grant programs and maintains a comprehensive database containing key personnel contact information at the federal, state, and local levels. When necessary, recipients will be directed to a federal point of contact who can answer specific programmatic questions or concerns. CSID can be reached by phone at (800) 368-6498 or by e-mail at, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. ET.

GPD’s Award Administration Division (AAD) provides support regarding financial matters and budgetary technical assistance. Additional guidance and information can be obtained by contacting the AAD’s Help Desk via e-mail at

FEMA Regional Office contact information is available at

For technical assistance with, call the customer support hotline 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (except federal holidays) at (800) 518-4726 or e-mail at

For technical assistance with the ND Grants system, please contact the ND Grants Helpdesk at or (800) 865-4076, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET. User resources are available at

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Funding or Pin Number:

Region I DHS-22-GPD-042-01-01; Region II DHS-22-GPD-042-02-01; Region III DHS-22-GPD-042-03-01; Region IV DHS-22-GPD-042-04-01; Region V DHS-22-GPD-042-05-01; Region VI DHS-22-GPD-042-06-01; Region VII DHS-22-GPD-042-07-01; Region VIII DHS-22-GPD-042-08-01; Region IX DHS-22-GPD-042-09-01; Region X DHS-22-GPD-042-10-01

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)

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