National Incident Management System (NIMS)

To support the development, integration, and deployment of incident management systems.

This includes operational, technical and programmatic standards in support of nationwide implementation of the NIMS model; establish a unified approach to incident management, as well as, standard command and
management structures.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Funding has been provided to State, local emergency management entities, private sector, educational institutions and non-governmental organization in support for the nationwide implementation of the National Incident Management System.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding will support implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) which includes incident management standards, related projects, and program support.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, local, Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization, Federal Recognized Indian Tribal Government, U.S. Territory/Possession, Private Organization, Other Public Institution/Organization.


Not applicable.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded 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 and approved for award by DHS program and administrative staff in accordance with program guidance.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296; Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007, Public Law 109-295; Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.


Not applicable.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

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: Jan.

31, April 30, July 31, and Oct.


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



FY 07 $11,636,000; FY 08 $12,648,000; and FY 09 est $10,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See program guidance.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, C/O 245 Murray Lane, Bldg # 410, Washington DC 20523. Telephone: 1-800-621-FEMA. E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance.

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