National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

To support investigative and forensics support activities related to investigations of missing and exploited children, promote awareness of the child pornography tip line and Project Alert; and, in conjunction with other Federal law enforcement agencies, support the establishment and maintenance of a
national resource center and clearinghouse dedicated to missing and exploited children issues.
Related Programs16.543, Missing Children's Assistance.

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

The NCMEC toll-free hotline has received more than 150,000 calls from parents, law enforcement, prosecutors and citizens seeking assistance or asking for information regarding missing children issues. NCMEC has also disseminated thousands of publications and provided training to several hundred law enforcement officers and prosecutors regarding online crime against children and child protection issues. NCMEC's Cyber Tip Line has received over 165,000 reports of child pornography and child sexual exploitation. NCMEC continues to receive hundreds of hits on their web page daily.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The NCMEC award is designated for a private, nonprofit organization (NPO) which meets Congress's objectives and programmatic criteria for preventing the abduction, abuse, and sexual exploitation of children; and/or assisting law enforcement agencies in the investigation and recovery of those children.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Designated private nonprofit institution/organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.



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.


Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.




An annual appropriation is anticipated for this program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


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


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 $6,000,000; FY 08 est $6,000,000; and FY 09 est $6,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Amount may vary.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For additional information on program requirements and guidance, please contact the headquarters office at the address listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

NCMEC/ David L. Schoonover, United States Secret Service. Telephone: (202) 406-9277,; NCMEC and Project Alert/Tatum King, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Telephone: (703) 293-8006, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Building #410, Washington, DC 20523.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Application is reviewed by the U. S. Secret Service and subject-matter experts. Application is evaluated according to the program objectives and goals established by Congress.

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