Medical Reserve Corps Small Grant Program


To support the development of Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units in communities throughout the United States to: (1) increase capacity at the community level to respond during emergencies which have medical consequences, and (2) improve public health in communities through volunteerism on an ongoing basis.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Sections of t311(c) (1), 2811 and 2813 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Project A- Public and Private Community Health programs. Project B- State, Territory, freely associated state, and the District of Columbia. Reference Funding Opportunity Announcement
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public.
Proof of nonprofit status is required as part of the application submission. Costs will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR 75/ 2 CFR 200.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Final award decisions will be made by the Director of the Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps. In making this decision, the Director will fund one cooperative agreement and will consider: (1) recommendations of the review panel; (2) reviews for programmatic and grants management compliance; (3) the reasonableness of the estimated cost to the government considering the available funding and anticipated results; and (4) the likelihood that the proposed project will result in the expected benefits.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Complete review criteria are published in the Federal Register Notice or can be obtained from the Program contact. Listed below are some criteria used to review applications: 1) Implementation plan which describing linkages to existing community resources, the role the Medical Reserve Corps will most likely have, and the time frame for planning and implementation; 2) Management plan describing the organization's capabilities; 3) Evaluation plan describing program goals and how those goals will be assessed; 4) Supporting documentation detailing how the Medical Reserve Corps is connected to a Citizen Corps Council; and 5) Background on the adequacy of demonstrated knowledge of emergency medical response/care systems and utilization of volunteers.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are to be used for establishment of community-based, citizen volunteer Medical Reserve Corps. Funds may be used for organizing, volunteer recruitment, assessment of risks and vulnerabilities, strategy development, planning, training, drills/practice, supplies and equipment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: In addition to the required progress reports, a final performance report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200 PART F"Audit of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, 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. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt as noted in 2 CFR 200 PART F. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by HHS and other Federal government officials.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or longer pending completion and resolution of any audit finding(s).
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
This Cooperative Agreement will have a project period not to exceed 3 years, funds will be alloted on 12 month budget periods. Following the initial budget period, continued funding is subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory program performance. Necessary instructions regarding payment procedures will be provided at the time of the award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Moji Obiako Regional Liaison Medical Reserve Corps Program Phone 206-615-2025
Headquarters Office
Virginia Simmons
200 C. St. O'Neill Bldg.
Washington, DC 20024 US
Phone: 202-260-0400
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 19 FY 20 FY 21 FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 16 est $3,000,000.00; FY 17 est $4,000,000.00; - (Cooperative Agreements) FY 19$2,000,200.00; FY 20 est $2,000,200.00; FY 21 FY 18$620,000.00; - (Cooperative Agreements) FY 19$2,000,200.00; FY 20 est $3,200,000.00; FY 21 est $3,200,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
One Cooperative Agreement awarded up to the amount of $1,600,000 and 20 Cooperative Agreements awarded up to the amount of $80,000,000 in Year 1.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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