CNCS Disaster Response Cooperative Agreement


The Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) Disaster Response Program is an initiative with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) through which national service programs provide support to communities affected by disaster through various roles and are reimbursed for expenses in times of disasters. Through the Disaster Response Program, CNCS establishes cooperative agreements with organizations that can provide volunteers and support in response to FEMA-authorized disasters. Organizations that want to be part of the CNCS Disaster Response Program must have a cooperative agreement in place in order to be deployed during disasters and reimbursed for eligible expenses. It defines the conditions for deployment, reimbursable expenses and support provided by CNCS for these disaster activities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
42 U.S.C. Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) 42 U.S.C. National and Community Service Act of 1990.
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, as well as copy of last audit may be requested. Applicants will need proof of liability coverage. First time applicants must certify financial systems. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Eligible organizations include the following groups:
 CNCS sub-grantees- 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. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 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 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.
From 60 to 90 days.
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 disaster-related expenses for existing CNCS grantees deployed to disaster impacted areas. Allowable expenses are detailed in the agreement. Expenses must fall within the pre-approved budget. Disaster deployments must be supported with a FEMA Mission Assignment and CNCS issued disaster deployment form.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Daily reporting on progress and accomplishments are required when programs are deployed on a disaster. A deployment reimbursement form must be completed and submitted to claim reimbursement. Performance monitoring is incorporated into base grant performance monitoring requirements.
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. Corporation for National and Community Service grants are subject to audit by Corporation for National and Community Service 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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Reimbursement is provided per deployment for actual costs incured. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Kelly DeGraff 1201 New York Avenue, NW, 9th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20525 Email: Phone: 202-606-6817
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 13 Not Available; FY 14 Estimate Not Available; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Variable depending on levels of disaster activity accross 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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