CNCS Disaster Response Cooperative Agreement


The Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) Disaster Response Cooperative Agreement (DRCA) is an initiative through which national service programs provide support to communities affected by disaster and are reimbursed for expenses in times of disasters. Programs that hold a DRCA are part of the CNCS AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) Program, a national service disaster focused program. Only programs with an executed Disaster Response Cooperative Agreement will be eligible for deployment and reimbursement of expenses. Through the A-DRT Program, CNCS establishes cooperative agreements with eligible organizations that can provide national service participants to support disaster response. Organizations that want to be part of the CNCS A-DRT Program must be CNCS grantees and sub-grantees, to include AmeriCorps State, Senior Corps, State Service Commissions, and AmeriCorps National Direct. Only programs with an executed Disaster Response Cooperative Agreement will be eligible for deployment and reimbursement of expenses.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Corporation For National and Community Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended., Public Law 101-610
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), Public Law 100-707, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5208
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
See application instructions.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See application instructions.
Various records and forms required for first time applicants and a copy of the applicant's last audit may be requested. Applicants will need proof of liability coverage. First time applicants must certify financial systems.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Eligible organizations include the following groups: CNCS subgrantees: AmeriCorps State, Senior Corps programs (including youth corps, local volunteer and service programs, etc.) with the capacity to deploy and support national service participants to impacted areas to provide disaster service functions. State Service Commissions and AmeriCorps National Direct Grantees: These organizations administer, support, represent and/or coordinate networks of national service programs. AmeriCorps National Direct grantees will deploy AmeriCorps members currently assigned to their program to provide disaster service functions, while State Service Commissions can utilize their networks to engage other national service participants in disaster response activities.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) also apply to for-profit entities.
Award Procedure
Awards are given as a reimbursement for approved, actual disaster related costs. If an organization is not deployed on a disaster, no award is given.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Rolling application process.
CNCS does not offer an appeals process.
Agreements are renewed every three years. Agreements are dependent on base grants. If the base grant is terminated, so is the agreement.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria outlined in Cooperative Agreement application.
How may assistance be used?
These agreements will allow reimbursement of approved disaster-related expenses for existing CNCS grantees deployed by CNCS to disaster impacted areas.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is incorporated into base grant performance monitoring requirements.
CNCS grants are subject to audit by CNCS employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by the CNCS.
Grantees must maintain documentation for all reimbursable expenses.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Reimbursement is provided per deployment for actual costs incurred. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Jennifer Murphy
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20525 US
Phone: 202-606-3906
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Variable depending on levels of disaster activity across the country.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Guidelines provided in cooperative agreement language, application instructions, and CNCS guidance.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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