Disaster Assistance Projects

This category is not for unsolicited proposals.

Provides funding that has been designated by Congressionally appropriated authorization, generally for a specified project, or to provide unique or limited scope funding for certain Disaster Assistance Projects identified by congress or a DHS program

Examples of Funded Projects

Varies by project, or the objective(s) stated within the congressional funding designation.

For example, earmark funding was used to assist New York City in the recovery from the 9/11/2001 Terrorist Attack.

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


Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding is restricted to nonfederal entities invited to apply by DHS or specified in DHS Appropriation Statute.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Funds are restricted to nonfederal entities, e.g.

State, local government, private, public, profit or nonprofit organization, Indian Tribal government or individual specified by DHS or U.S.

Appropriation Statute.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, local government, private, public, profit or nonprofit organization, Indian Tribal government or individual specified by U.S. Appropriation Statute.


Credentials or other documentation may be required by the U.S. Appropriation Statute or other statute by project.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The applicant is notified of funding availability through letter or electronic mail communication.

The applicant will be advised on how to apply for the funding through this notification.

This program may be excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

An application (SF 424, budget, program or project narrative and assurances) or plan must be submitted that outlines the implementation of the project and expenditure of funds in response to the project identified by the U.S. Appropriation Statute.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff, concerns negotiated with the applicant and award processed.


Application deadlines are specified in the notification of funds availability submitted to recipient of funds.


Homeland Security Act, Public Law 107-296 as amended by Public Law 108-7; Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; Public Health Bioterrorism and Public Health Emergencies Act of 2002, Public Law 107-188; various authorization and Appropriation bills that list project funding to provide assistance for earmarked or special projects.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range of approval time depends on the type of project to be funded.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Funding amounts and match requirements are specified in the program guidance document.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Mandated in the appropriation or identified in the application or plan submission.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and progress reports must be submitted in compliance with OMB Circular A-102 or A-110.

The frequency of the reports will be identified in the "Terms and Conditions" of the award.


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 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.


Financial records, supporting documentation and all other records to validate the performance of the grant or cooperative agreement must be retained for three years from the date the final financial status report is submitted to the DHS.

Financial Information

Account Identification

To be determined from the program office
awarding the grant or cooperative agreement.


FY 07 est not available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Each "earmark" or project funding is designated by the appropriation statute or identified by the program office.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Circulars, A-21 Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, A-87 Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments, A-102 Grants and Cooperative Agreements with Stat, and Local Governments, A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Nonprofit Organizations, and A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, in addition to program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedure.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals


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