Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


    The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program is one of the grant programs that constitute DHS/FEMA's focus on all-hazards emergency preparedness, including the evolving threats and risks associated with climate change. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS. Among the goals noted in the DHS Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2020-2024, the EMPG Program supports the goal to Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience.

    The 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan outlines a bold vision and three ambitious goals designed to address key challenges the agency faces during a pivotal moment in the field of emergency management. Wide-ranging and long-term, the goals defined in the plan respond to the changing landscape in which we find ourselves. The goals to meet this challenge are:

    • Goal 1 - Instill Equity as a Foundation of Emergency Management
    • Goal 2 - Lead Whole of Community in Climate Resilience
    • Goal 3 - Promote and Sustain a Ready FEMA and Prepared Nation

    Allowable costs include:

    • Planning
    • Organization
    • Equipment
    • Training and Exercises
    • Travel
    • Construction and Renovation
    • Operational Overtime
    • Maintenance and Sustainment

    FY23 key changes: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/emergency-management-performance/fy-23-key-changes

    More information can be found in Appendix H of the 2023 Preparedness Manual at: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/emergency-management-performance/fy-22-appendix-h


    History of Funding

    Up to $405,100,000 is available in total funding for FY2022.

    Up to $355,100,000 is available in total funding for FY2021.

    Additional Information

    Starting in FY2018, public safety entities may request funding to enhance their FirstNet operational capabilities using broadband technology may seek grant funding to support the following:

    • Planning for integration of information technology (IT) infrastructure, software, and site upgrades necessary to connect to FirstNet.
    • Handheld broadband devices including smartphones, feature phones, tablets, wearables, push-to-talk (PTT) devices.
    • Vehicle-mounted or otherwise field operated data devices such as ruggedized laptops.
    • Network access devices including portable Wi-Fi devices, Universal Serial Bus (USB) modems/dongles, trunk-mounted modems, routers.
    • Customer Owned and Managed (COAM) broadband deployable equipment, enabling public safety to own and dispatch coverage expansion or capacity enhancement equipment within their jurisdiction.
    • Broadband device accessories that enable efficient and safe public safety operations such as headsets, belt clips, ear pieces, remote Bluetooth sensors, ruggedized cases.
    • Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs)/Universal Integrated Circuit Cards (UICCs) to allow public safety users to update existing devices to operate on public safety prioritized services.
    • One-time purchase and subscription-based applications for public safety use which could include, among a number of other options, enterprise mobility management (EMM), mobile device management (MDM), mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN), identify services, or cloud service tools. 

    As FirstNet is built out in all 56 states and territories and coverage and capacity for first responders expands, recipients are strongly encouraged to coordinate with the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and FirstNet on (1) the planning, deployment timelines, and operational availability of the network deployment within a specific state or territory; (2) to ensure the project does not conflict with network planning efforts; and (3) that the project complies with all technical requirements.


    FEMA Call Center

    FEMA Call Center
    500 C Street SW
    Washington, DC 20472
    (866) 927-5646

  • Eligibility Details

    Awards are made to State Administrative Agencies (SAA's) of all 56 states and territories. State agencies, local emergency management agencies, and other nonprofit organizations may apply to states for sub-grants.

    Deadline Details

    SAA's are to apply to FEMA on behalf of state and local agencies by May 18th, 2023. Local deadlines vary based on state administration.  

    Award Details

    Up to $355,100,000 is available in total funding for FY2023. EMPG funds are allocated based on a population-share basis. A list of state allocations for 2023 is available in the program guidance at: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/emergency-management-performance/fy-23-nofo. Cost sharing/matching of at least 50% is required. Project periods will extend up to 36-months. Anticipated funding selection date is no later than July 21, 2023.

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