Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP)

The goal of RCPGP is to support an integrated planning system that provides for regional all-hazard planning for catastrophic events and the development of necessary plans, protocols, and procedures to manage a catastrophic event.

Objectives include, creating regional planning processes and planning
communities through the establishment of a Catastrophic Planning Working Group; Identifying and assessing priority areas of concern using both capabilities-based and scenario-based planning models; Developing enhanced regional plans and addressing shortcomings in jurisdiction plans to support both the management of a catastrophic incident and to enable enduring government; and linking planning efforts to resource allocations.

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

www.ojp.usdoj.gov/odp



Program Accomplishments

It is anticipated that 9 applications will be received and 9 awards will be granted in the current fiscal year. Awards include funding from both fiscal years 2007 and 2008. It is expected that the program will result in fixing shortcomings in existing all-hazard regional catastrophic event plans, building regional planning process, and communities, and linking operation needs identified in plans to resource allocation, including homeland security grant programs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The RCPGP is comprised of funding for both fiscal years 2007 and 2008.

Funds will be allocated to Tier I Urban Areas and designated Tier II Urban Areas are eligible for funding under the RCPGP.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments.

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

U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007, Public Law 110-28; and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

An annual appropriation is anticipated for this program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The program will require a soft match of non-Federal funds totaling 25 percent.

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 quarterly financial and performance reports.

Quarterly "Progress Reports" must include the progress of each sub-grant award.

Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.

(See #111 in agency reference manual; program office may add program specific information to this phrase if needed.

Example: to describe special reporting requirement unique to this program in addition to the standards reports.

(Otherwise use only the phrase above).

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

FY 07 $35,000,000; FY 08 est not available; FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For regulations and guidelines, please refer to the solicitation guidance and application kit.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane SW, 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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