Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP)

To enhance regional response capabilities, mutual aid, and interoperable communications by providing technology and equipment, together with training and technical assistance required to operate that equipment, to public safety agencies in smaller jurisdictions and certain metropolitan areas to prevent,
deter, and respond to terrorist attacks as identified in State homeland security strategies.

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

Since its inception in FY 05, and including the FY07 awards, the Department of Homeland Security has awarded over $104 million in equipment and training to law enforcement and fire departments through CEDAP. The program is highly competitive. In FY 07, over 3,700 organizations requested roughly $58 million. Of those requests, only 1,853 awards were made to allocation the $34.3 million of the available funding.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Restricted to public and non-profit emergency response agencies in State, Local, tribal, and U. S. Territory possessions in smaller rural communities and jurisdictions that have not received technology funding through the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), or Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) after October 1, 2005.

Awardees that have received grant assistance from FEMA under FEMA's Interoperable Communications Equipment (ICE) program are not eligible for interoperable communications equipment under CEDAP.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Law enforcement agencies, fire, and other emergency responders who demonstrate the equipment will be used to improve their ability and capacity to respond to a major critical incident or work with other first responders.

Awardees must not have received technology funding under the Urban Areas Security Initiative, or the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program since October 1, 2005.

Awardees that have received grant assistance from FEMA under FEMA's Interoperable Communications Equipment (ICE) program are not eligible for interoperable communications equipment under CEDAP.

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.


Public Law 108-334, Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2005.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements




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



FY 07 $38,650,960; FY 08 est. $40,000,000; and 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 program guidance and the CEDAP program at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


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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