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CARES Act: Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG-S) Supplemental Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


    Emergency Management Performance Grant Program – COVID-19 Supplemental (EMPG-S) assists states, territories, tribes, and local governments with their public health and emergency management activities supporting the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

    In general, the priorities under this funding opportunity will address the States' response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. FEMA encourages funding to be used for:

    • Mitigation activities (related to slowing the spread of COVID-19);
    • Integration of emergency management and public health operations;
    • Collection and display of public, private, and governmental data of hospital bed and ventilator capacity and usage;
    • Collection and display of PPE inventories and establishment of burn rates to forecast future needs;
    • Planning for alternate care sites;
    • Identifying all sources to surge medical professionals.

    EMPG-S funding also can be used to assist emergency managers with implementing community lifelines to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The lifelines concept simplifies incident information to provide decision makers with clearly identified impacts to critical community services and root causes that inform response and recovery actions. 

    Examples of areas eligible for funding under this funding opportunity include, but are not limited to: (1) Data Collection and Analysis; (2) Plan Development; (3) Jurisdictional Recovery; (4) Information Sharing; (5) Emergency Public Information and Warning and Risk Communication; (6) Logistics and Supply Chain Management; and (7) Development of Distribution Management Plans.


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    EMPG-S recipients may only fund activities and projects that are for the purpose of preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus. Funds shall not be used for activities unrelated to coronavirus prevention, preparedness, or response.

    Eligible equipment purchases must fall under one of the following categories:

    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Information Technology
    • Interoperable Communications Equipment
    • Detection Equipment
    • Decontamination Equipment
    • Medical Equipment
    • Power Equipment
    • Physical Security Enhancement Equipment
    • CBRNE Logistical Support Equipment

    For additional guidance on funding restrictions, refer to Appendix A (page 28) of the EMPG-S Funding Guidelines linked above and below.


    Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID)

    Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID)
    500 C Street SW
    Washington, DC 20472
    (800) 368-6498

  • Eligibility Details

    Awards are made to State Administrative Agencies (SAA's) of all 56 states and territories. State agencies, local emergency management agencies, and other nonprofit organizations may apply to states for sub-grants.

    Deadline Details

    SAA's were to apply to FEMA on behalf of state and local agencies by April 28, 2020. Local deadlines vary based on state administration.  

    Award Details

    Up to $100,000,000 is available in supplemental EMPG funding for the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. EMPG-S funds are allocated based on a population-share basis. A list of state allocations for 2020 is available on page 3 and 4 of the official program guidance at: Cost sharing/matching of 50% is required. Project periods will extend up to 24-months, starting January 27, 2020.

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