Hazardous Materials Assistance Program

To support States, local and Indian tribal governments in oil and hazardous materials emergency planning and exercises and enhance their capabilities to interact with the National Response System (NRS); through the States, provide technical and financial assistance to support activities under the Comprehensive
Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Emergency Response - Capability Assessment Program (CHER-C).
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Planning and/or exercise projects.

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 - Contact the appropriate FEMA regional office responsible for coordinating program activities.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding must be used for planning, exercising and educational projects that will serve to enhance emergency management capabilities for dealing with oil and hazardous materials releases.

Certain equipment purchases are not authorized: such as automated data processing and facsimile machines and any other equipment acquired for the sole purpose of carrying out the day-to-day work activities.

However, equipment purchased exclusively for the implementation of exercises and/or CHER-CAP activities (disposable personal protective equipment, simulated emergency response equipment used only for training) are authorized.

Reimbursement of salaries and benefits is restricted, and funding for contractual support is permitted.

Funding for training and educational programs are limited, and may not be used to supplement the nonfederal matching requirements associated with Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA), or SARA Title III funds, nor used to attend courses available under any other FEMA programs when separate funds are available for that training.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The funds are available to States, locals, tribes, U.S.

territories, State Emergency Response Committees (SERCs), and Local Emergency Planning Commissions (LEPCs).

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, locals, tribes, U.S. territories, State Emergency Response Committees (SERCs), and Local Emergency Planning Commissions (LEPCs).


Applicant must submit to the FEMA Regional Office a work plan describing the proposal.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


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.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.; Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986; Executive Order 12148, Federal Emergency Management; Executive Order 12580, Superfund Implementation, 42 U.S.C. 9662 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The FEMA Regional PT Office determines the allocation for each applicant based on the proposal, the FEMA/EPA Interagency Agency Agreement and previous funding and accomplishments.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants or cooperativeagreements are awarded for a period of one year. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the Region PT Division Director refer to the program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.

Post Assistance Requirements


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.


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



(Grants) FY 07 $ est. not available; FY 08 $ est. not available; and FY 09 $ est. not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact the appropriate FEMA regional office responsible for coordinating program activities.

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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