Competitive Training Grants

To support the training initiatives that are national in scope and further the FEMA mission to reduce the loss of life, property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorisms, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based,
comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Training programs targeting areas like community outreach; vulnerable populations and special needs; intelligence, information sharing, and fusion centers; cyber-terrorism; agriculture; regional collaboration and continuity of operations planning; transit, port and infrastructure protection; rural communities; law enforcement; and mass casualty.


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.

Website Address

http://www.dhs.gov



Program Accomplishments

Previous efforts have resulted in over 910,000 first responders receiving training. Courses are designed to increase awareness of terrorism threats and weapons of mass destruction among public officials, public health personnel, the medical community, public safety and public works personnel; as well as provide intensive technician and operations courses that demonstrate the effects of and response to live agents, explosives, and radiation.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds will be used to develop and deliver innovative training programs addressing high priority national homeland security training needs.

See the program guidance for detailed information regarding uses and use restrictions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local, tribal, and territorial governments; national associations and organizations; higher education institutions; nonprofits, including community and faith-based organizations; and the private sector.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local units of government.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication 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.

Application Procedures

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

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 the award being issued.

Deadlines

Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.

Authorization

The Department of Homeland Security Appropriation Act of 2008, Consolidated Appropriation Act 2008, P.L. 110-161.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

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

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grantees are required to submit Categorical Assistance Progress Reports (CAPR) semi-annually.

The CAPRs are due within 30 days after the end of the reporting period (July 30 with a reporting period of January 1 through June 30, and January 30 with a reporting period of July 1 through December 31) for the life of the award.

Grantees are also required to submit quarterly Financial Status Reports (FSR).

The FSR are due 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter on January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final CAPR and FSR reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award, whichever occurs first.

Audits

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.

Records

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

70-0560-0-1-999.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $29,100,000; FY 08 est $27,202,000; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For regulations and guidelines please refer to the program guidance.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.



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