Preparedness Grants

FEMA provides emergency preparedness funding to Washington state for tribal, state, and local governments and nonprofits to sustain and enhance the capacity of emergency practitioners to prevent, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all-hazard or terrorist events.

More information about the requirements and guidelines for each grant can be found in the following link: FEMA Preparedness Grants Manuals.

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)

The purpose of the EMPG Program is to provide federal grants to states to assist state, local, territorial and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the Stafford Act), as amended (42 U.S.C. §§ 5121 et seq.) and Section 662 of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, as amended (6 U.S.C. § 762). EMPG provides emergency management agencies with the resources required for implementation of the National Preparedness System and works toward the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. EMPG’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery mission areas.

    A portion of each award is passed through to eligible city, county, and tribal emergency management organizations. Eligibility requirements and allocation methodology are documented within WAC 118-09

    Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)

    HSGP is comprised of three interconnected grant programs: State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and Operation Stonegarden (OPSG). These risk-based grants assist state, local, tribal and territorial efforts in preventing, protecting against, mitigating, responding to and recovering from acts of terrorism and other threats. HSGP provides grantees with the resources required for implementation of the National Preparedness System and working toward the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. Together, these three grant programs fund a range of preparedness activities, including planning, organization, equipment purchase, training, exercises and management and administration across all core capabilities and mission areas.

      Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

      NSGP provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. The intent is to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts. It is also designed to promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives, as well as state and local government agencies. Information on the Washington State FY2024 NSGP Application is available here.

      Washington State FY2024 NSGP Application Details

      State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

      SLCGP assists state, local, and tribal governments with managing and reducing systemic cyber risk, improving the security of critical infrastructure and the resilience of services. The Emergency Management Division and Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech) have partnered to oversee the grant. EMD administers and manages the grant and any allocated pass-through awards. WaTech is responsible for plan development and approval of projects. Funding is projected to be allocated each year for four years, federal fiscal years 2022-2025. Additional information can be found on WaTech’s website State & Local Cybersecurity Grant Program. Email to be added to the informational distribution list.


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