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.
Seeing as the last year's Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) proposals were due at the end of February 2010 and with no official word yet regarding the 2011 REMS grant deadline, it's no wonder that some school districts are getting a bit antsy for information. We too were curious, and recently spoke with a contact within the Department of Education to get a program update.
Apparently, the 2011 REMS grant program is still pending Congressional appropriations and Department of Education approval. Once the FY 2011 Federal Budget is passed and the Department of Education establishes its priorities for the 2011 REMS program, the Department of Education hopes to offer a REMS competition in 2011.
If you're considering applying for a REMS grant, it's still wise to start preparing your REMS proposal now, rather than to wait for the guidelines to be released. The release of the grant guidelines and the grant deadline can be only about a month apart, and a strong REMS proposal can often take longer than that to pull together. We suggest that you use the 2010 guidelines as a reference, and then adjust your proposal accordingly when the 2011 REMS guidelines are released.
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