Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) (Colorado)

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    Federal Government

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    Colorado Department of Public Safety


    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

    In Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster.


    History of Funding

    The FY21 allocation to the state of Colorado was $6,376,806.

    The FY22 allocation to the state of Colorado is $7,224,682.

    Additional Information

    Funds may not be used for: (1) Expenditures for weapons systems and ammunition; (2) Costs to support the hiring of sworn public safety officers for the purposes of fulfilling traditional public safety duties or to supplant traditional public safety positions and responsibilities; or (3) Activities and projects unrelated to the completion and implementation of the EMPG Program


    Larisa Cannon

    Larisa Cannon


  • Eligibility Details

    The Colorado Department of Public Safety is the only eligible entity eligible to apply to FEMA for EMPG funds. Funds are then allocated to county emergency management agencies and local municipalities in Colorado.  

    Deadline Details

    The Colorado Department of Public Safety is to submit an application to FEMA by May 18, 2023. Local applications were due by January 13th, 2023.

    Award Details

    The FY23 allocation to the state of Colorado is $6,355,283. Grants are awarded directly to the State. Funds are then allocated to emergency management agencies and local jurisdictions. At least 80% of the funds awarded under EMPG must be obligated to local government units within 45 days of the acceptance of the grant award. Project period is 36 months. Cost sharing/matching of 50% is required.

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