Citizen Corps


To bring together government, community leaders, non-profit organizations, and citizens to enhance community resilience for all-hazards emergency events. The Community Resilience Innovation Challenge program seeks to foster a culture of community resilience by identifying needs, mobilizing partners, and creating innovative, motivating, and effective solutions that can be grown, sustained, and replicated. FEMA seeks to spark the dramatic expansion and transformation of current community engagement strategies in the field of emergency management, promoting approaches that take direct steps to put local residents in leadership roles in planning, organizing, and sharing accountability for the success of local disaster management-related projects and programs. FEMA’s approach draws inspiration and direction from community policing as a philosophy of how local law enforcement institutions work with residents to identify local priorities, share information and cooperate in decisions about operational directions. The program will make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974 , Public Law 93-288, 42 U.S.C 5196, 5201(b); Homeland Security Act of 2002 , Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C 605.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status which possess an established expertise in, and an ability to identify and encourage collaborative relationships within and across all major sectors (business, academic, faith-based, tribal, government, non-profit, associations and community stakeholder groups) for the purpose of enhancing community resilience to major disaster events.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The program will benefit non-profit organizations which are engaged in promoting emergency preparedness and community resilience to disasters affecting the citizens of the communities in which they are located.
The applicant must clearly demonstrate the ability to identify, propose and advance creative solutions that bring together all segments of American society to address complex challenges to improving community resiliency. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.
Award Procedure
Applications will be assessed for effectiveness and reviewed by DHS/FEMA program and administrative staff. FEMA will verify compliance with all administrative and eligibility criteria identified in the grant announcement/program guidance. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to program guidance document.
No renewal of awards are available. Application for assistance under this program, if available, must be submitted annually.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance through this program can be used to support a broad range of activities that promote organizing resources, partnerships, and leadership activities among small neighborhood groups, civic or faith based organizations, private sector entities, or other institutions in order to be better prepared for emergencies. These activities will leverage all other local efforts to explore innovative approaches to emergency preparedness in communities as a means to support resilience initiatives underway across all sectors and stakeholder groups. Projects must be initiated within 30 days of receiving awarded funds and utilized within 1 year of receipt. Refer to program guidance for any additional restrictions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
For complete information on report submission requirements, refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance. Obligations and expenditures must be reported on a quarterly basis via the Financial Status Report (FSR). FSRs These reports are due on 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30. Semi-annual progress report (SAPR) and Bi annual Strategy Implementation Reports (BSIR) are required semi-annually. SAPR. The SAPR is due January 30 and July 30. Final FSR and financial, SAPR and BSIR reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of the grant award. Categorical Assistance Progress Reports (CAPR) and Biannual Strategy Implementation Reports (BSIR) are due within 30 days after the end of the reporting periods, which are June 30 and December 31, for the life of the award. Grantees are also required to submit quarterly financial reports. These reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30. Final financial, CAPR and BSIR reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of the grant award.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, no later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. None.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Notification of award approval will be made by FEMA. Once an award has been approved, a notice is sent to the authorized grantee official. The period of performance of this grant is twelve (12) months. Any unobligated funds will be de-obligated at the end of the 90 day close-out period. Extensions to the period of performance will be considered only through formal requests to FEMA and will only be granted for specific and compelling reasons. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Based on project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Department of Homeland Security/FEMA 500 C St SW, Techworld Control Desk
4th Floor, Room 427, Washington, District of Columbia 20472 Phone: (202) 646-3640
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
70-0560-0-1-999; 70-8244-0-1-999.
(Project Grants) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $0; and FY 15 est $0 - This program remains open due to open awards.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All available, relevant guidance is provided to the designated points of contact of all eligible State participants.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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