Emergency and Disaster Planning Grant Opportunities


NOTE: This list includes archived grant opportunities; not all opportunities are currently available. However, many funding opportunities are cyclical, so it would be in your best interest to keep closed opportunities in mind for future funding needs.

Please remember these are just a select few of the many grant opportunities available for emergency and disaster planning funding. If you are interested in joining our free Watch List for emergency and disaster planning grants, please fill out the form to the right.

The Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) awards grants to help governments prepare for all types of hazards. The purpose of these grants is to help provide necessary direction, coordination, and guidance so that a comprehensive emergency preparedness system exists at all levels for all hazards. There are approximately 58 grants available, and there is a cost sharing requirement for this grant.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants (PDM) grants provide funds to state and local governments to implement pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation measures. These measures must be cost-effective and designed to reduce injuries, loss of life, and destruction of property. Unfortunately, the president’s budget for Fiscal Year 2013 recommends no funding for this program. Thus, FEMA does not plan to open an application period for the program unless funds are appropriated in the FY 2013 DHS Appropriation Bill. If funds are appropriated, FEMA will post a notice of funding availability at that time.

Awarded by FEMA, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is designed for areas that have been declared a disaster area by the President. This program awards grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The funds may be used to finance projects that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem. Applications for mitigation projects are encouraged as soon as possible after the disaster occurs. The program may provide a state with up to 15 percent of the total disaster grants awarded by FEMA. States that meet higher mitigation planning criteria may qualify for a higher percentage. The state or grantee must provide a 25 percent match, which can be fashioned from a combination of cash and in-kind sources.

Let’s not forget about the animals when it comes to disaster preparedness. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has established two grant categories to support state animal disaster preparedness and response efforts. Start-up grants of up to $5,000 will be available to organizations in the early stages of disaster preparedness and response planning. Start-up grants can be used for expenses related to state training and training-related activities. Matching and challenge grants of up to $20,000 are available to those who are further along in the disaster preparedness and response process. Matching and challenge grants can be used for expenses related to state training and training-related activities, medical supplies, and disaster response-related equipment.