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Apply soon for 2017 FEMA Preparedness Grant Program


The Federal Government, including the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency, is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution until April 28, 2017.  We anticipate a full-year Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriation to fund FEMA preparedness grant programs sometime after that date.

The timing of the FY 2017 appropriation will significantly compress the timeframe to announce and award these grants by September 30, 2017.  Therefore, it is important that you begin planning now for the FY 2017 preparedness grant funding process.  Grant applicants should expect a much shorter application period than in recent years, and potentially as short as several weeks.  Please plan accordingly by:

  • Preparing  investment justifications in advance;
  • Ensuring  your Unique Entity Identifier for the System for Award Management (SAM) registration is current and active;
  • Ensuring your Employer Identification Number (EIN) is current; and
  • Ensuring your Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number is current and active.

The following programs are affected: 

  • Emergency Management Performance Grant
  • Homeland Security Grant Program
  • State Homeland Security Program
  • Urban Area Security Initiative
  • Operation Stonegarden
  • Nonprofit Security Grant Program
  • Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program
  • Port Security Grant Program
  • Transit Security Grant Program
  • Intercity Passenger Rail
  • Intercity Bus Security Grant Program

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs are on a different timeline and processing of those grants does not need to be accelerated for completion in FY 2017.

In addition, FEMA anticipates running the Risk Validation Process by mid-February 2017. The Risk Validation process will be the same as used in FY 2016 and prior years. FEMA will provide all states and the top 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas their individual risk profiles and an opportunity to review and comment on their individual threat, vulnerability, and consequence data contained in the risk profiles in support of the grants process. The Risk Validation Process will last for two weeks. During that time, FEMA will offer webinars to explain the risk methodology, risk profiles, and risk review process.

FEMA will take every step possible to expedite the application submission, review, and award process due to the anticipated timing of appropriations, and we are committed to working with the grant recipient community to ensure that all FY 2017 preparedness funding is awarded in a timely manner.

We will keep you informed as more information is available.  If you have any questions, please contact ASKCSID@fema.dhs.gov .