Emergency Management Baseline Assessments Grant (EMBAG)


The purpose of the EMBAG is to help ensure that jurisdictions (state, tribal, territorial, and local communities) have accredited emergency management programs and certified emergency management professionals in place in advance of an incident. For more details, please refer to the current program notice of funding opportunity on grants.gov.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 15 EMAP assessments will be performed. 2016 EMAP Standard will be released. • EMAP Released the 2016 Emergency Management Standard • Completed training workshops on the EMAP standard and assessment process. • 12 State and local assessments were conducted.
Fiscal Year 2017 10 EMAP assessments.
Fiscal Year 2018 10 EMAP assessments.
Fiscal Year 2019 10 Emergency Management Program Accreditations and 25 Emergency Manager Certifications.
Fiscal Year 2020 10 Emergency Management Program Accreditations and 25 Emergency Manager Certifications.
Public Law -
Section 503(b)(2)(G) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. § 313(b)(2)(G))
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The following are eligible applicants for this funding opportunity: o Nonprofits as defined by 2 C.F.R. SS 200.70; o Institutions of higher education as defined by 2 CFR SS 200.55; and o For-profit organizations, including small businesses. For more details, please refer to the current program notice of funding opportunity on grants.gov.
Beneficiary Eligibility
U.S. Territories, State, Local, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments Funding under this program is ultimately intended to benefit U.S. State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial emergency management programs.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The applicant must provide a detailed budget for the funds requested. The detailed budget must be submitted as an attachment to the grant application package in the ND Grants system. The budget must be complete, reasonable, and cost-effective in relation to the proposed project. The budget should provide the basis of computation of all project-related costs, and appropriate narrative, and a detailed justification of Management and Administrative (M&A) costs. For indirect costs, applicant is required to provide a copy of the official Negotiated Agreement in effect at the time of application.
Award Procedure
Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued. Funds will not be made available for obligation, expenditure, or drawdown until the applicant's budget and budget narrative have been approved by FEMA.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the program notice of funding opportunity for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
The FY 20 EMBAG Program targets solutions that address gaps in capabilities and contribute to efforts to reduce risk and support rapid stabilization and restoration of the seven Community Lifeline areas [Safety and Security; Food, Water, and Sheltering; Health and Medical; Energy (Power and Fuel); Communications; Transportation; and Hazardous Waste], which align with the common core capabilities for Planning, Operational Coordination, and Situational Assessment. Emergency management programs require these capabilities to successfully execute response operations and emergency management professionals require the ability to support emergency management programs in doing so. FEMA invites applicants to submit applications that identify and address solutions for current and emerging gaps in emergency management program accreditation and emergency management professional certification that empower jurisdictions to better address and prepare for disasters.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Reports are not required; however, Grant recipient will be monitored by FEMA staff, both programmatically and financially, to ensure that the project goals, objectives, performance requirements, timelines, milestone completion, budgets, and other related program criteria are being met. Monitoring will be accomplished through a combination of office-based desk reviews and on-site monitoring visits. Monitoring will involve the review and analysis of the financial, programmatic, performance, and administrative issues relative to the program and will identify areas where technical assistance or other support may be needed. The recipient is responsible for monitoring award activities to provide reasonable assurance that the Federal award is administered in compliance with requirements. Responsibilities include the accounting of receipts and expenditures, cash management, maintaining adequate financial records, and refunding expenditures disallowed by audits.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503 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 grantee's 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
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
The period of performance is 12 months. For additional information, please refer to the program notice of funding opportunity. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Sharon Kushnir, Program Manager
400 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20472-3630 US
Phone: 202-786-9451
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 19$569,379.00; FY 20 est $825,000.00; FY 21 est $825,000.00; FY 18$569,379.00; FY 17$444,379.00; FY 16$660,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (NOFO).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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