Cora Brown Fund

To use funds made possible by a bequest of funds from the late Cora C.

Brown of Kansas City, Missouri, who left a portion of her estate to the United States for the purpose of helping victims of natural disasters not caused by or attributed to war.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

To provide for disaster-related needs that have not been, or will not be met by government agencies or any other organizations which have programs to address such needs; however, the fund is not intended to replace or supersede these programs.

The fund may not be used in a way that is inconsistent with other federally mandated disaster assistance or insurance programs.

Money from the fund will not duplicate assistance for which a person is eligible from other sources.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Individuals, families, and groups in need of (1) Disaster-related home repair and rebuilding; (2) disaster-related unmet needs; and (3) other services which alleviate human suffering and promote the well being of disaster victims.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals, families, and groups in need.


Recommendation from Regional Director or his/her designee.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Disaster victims do not apply for assistance from the fund, instead, they are identified and recommended by the Regional Director or his/her representatives, with assistance from other governmental agencies and voluntary disaster agencies.

Award Procedures





Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time






Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements




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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Federal Disaster Assistance Regulations, 44 CFR 206.181; DOM Chapter 17; Cora Brown Fund Program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.

Headquarters Office

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals


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