Homeland Security Outreach, Education, and Technical Assistance


To provide funding for outreach, education, and technical assistance in order to raise public awareness of homeland security issues and to work with communities to help them forge partnerships across agencies and disciplines to address preparedness and response. Outreach and technical assistance may take several forms, such as the provision of written information, person-to-person exchange, seminars, workshops or training sessions.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C 101 et. seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
In general, States, local governments, institutions of high education, private, public, profit or nonprofit organizations, Indian Tribal governments, or individuals specified by U.S. Appropriation Statute. Specific applicant eligibility will be identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federal, State, and local governments, private, public, profit or nonprofit organizations, Indian tribal governments, and individuals.
May be required by the U.S. Statute, regulation, or program guidance. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
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. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.
Refer to program guidance document.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Financial and nonfinancial assistance may be provided for the following: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical and other activities necessary to achieve the objective. Restrictions on use of funds will be identified in the funding opportunity announcement and award provisions. DHS grant funds may only be used for the purpose set forth in the cooperative agreement, and must be consistent with the statutory authority for the award. Grant funds may not be used for matching funds for other Federal grants, lobbying, or intervention in Federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. In addition, Federal funds may not be used to sue the Federal government or any other government entity. Refer to program guidance document.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports. Quarterly "Progress Reports" must include the progress of each sub-grant award. Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30. Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award. Refer to program guidance document. Refer to program guidance document. Refer to program guidance document. Refer to program guidance document.
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.
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 formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
"Earmarked" or one-time funding amounts and any match requirements are specified in the Program or Appropriation Statute, regulation or program guidance, and are identified in the funding opportunity announcement.

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The recipient shall be paid in advance by electronic payments through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Payment Management System (SMARTLINK), provided it maintains or demonstrates the willingness and ability to minimize the time elapsing between the transfer of funds and disbursement of expenditures. When these requirements are not met, the recipient will be required to use the reimbursement method of payment processing.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Headquarters Office, 425 Murray Drive, Washington, District of Columbia 20528 Phone: (202) 447-5689.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 09 $0; FY 10 $0; FY 11 Estimate Not Available - No Current Data Available for FY 2010 and FY 2011.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
OMB Circulars Nos., A-21 Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, A-87 Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments, A-102 Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments, A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Nonprofit Organizations, and A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, in addition to program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedures.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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