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Emergency Management Performance Grants (American Rescue Plan Act)

Federal Agency


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


To provide state, local, tribal and territorial 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. The EMPG’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery mission areas.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Eligible entities include state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management agencies.

Decarbonization Considerations

The EPMG program focuses on all-hazards emergency preparedness and is designed to build and sustain core capabilities. Power equipment is an allowable equipment expense. Decarbonization strategies may include disaster preparedness projects that include energy storage systems and microgrids that incorporate carbon-free generating resources.

Equity Considerations

EPMG Program grants may be used to foster whole community preparedness. Examples given in the Preparedness Grants Manual including planning with stakeholders who may face particular challenges in the aftermath of a disaster, such as seniors and those with access and functional needs.

Helpful Tips

The FY21 NOFO may be viewed here: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/FEMA_FY2021-EMPG-NOFO_02-19-21.pdf More information on eligible activities may be found in the Preparedness Grants Manual: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/manual

Other Notes

Emergency Management Performance Grants are allocated to 50 states and 6 other entities according to a formula. State emergency management authorities may then hold competitive sub-grant award process. It is unclear whether the additional EPMG funding made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will be distributed in a similar fashion. An EPMG application must submit a work plan and consult with the FEMA regional manager to ensure the plan addresses state and regional priorities. To determine eligibility for federal disaster declaration funding, please check FEMA's website at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/disaster-declarations.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

May 14, 2021

Funding Available

$100,000,000, in addition to funds previously made available ($355,100,000 for FY21).

Max Award Amount


Expected Allocations


Average Award (Estimated)

FY 2021 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program Fact Sheet with Formula

Matching Funds

50% match required

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