UPDATE: There will be no REMS funding in 2011. For more information on REMS funding and alternative grant programs, read our latest REMS update here, published April 7th, 2011.
Every year, the Department of Education awards millions of dollars of funding to public school districts to assist them with improving their emergency response planning and implementation through the Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) (REMS) grant program.
REMS grants can be used to:
- Review and revise existing emergency management plans
- Conduct vulnerability assessments of schools and other district facilities
- Provide emergency response training to staff
- Organize table top exercises
- Purchase emergency supplies
- Engage in crisis simulation drills
The REMS grant program is competitive, but the funding can be used in a multitude of ways - which is one of the reasons for it's popularity. The Grant Helpers team has analyzed a number of winning proposals from the past, and have written a free resource guide, "What Winners Put in REMS Proposals" to help schools determine how to structure their proposal and requests. You can download free resource here. (Image Source)