Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)

The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) provides funds to assist local and tribal governments with emergency management departments in preparing for all hazards and to obtain the resources required to support FEMA’s National Preparedness Goal’s Mission Areas and Core Capabilities. Funds may be used to support local and/or regional emergency management activities.

The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program provides state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management agencies with the resources required for implementation of the National Preparedness System and works toward the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The EMPG’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery mission areas.  Funds may be used to support local and/or regional emergency management activities in the following cost categories: Planning, OrganizationalEquipment, Training, and Exercises.

Pending the availability of funds, MEMA allocates EMPG funding for all communities and Tribes in the Commonwealth through their local emergency management department.  MEMA’s goal is to assist local and tribal emergency management departments in building and maintaining an all-hazards emergency preparedness system.

EMPG is a reimbursement-based grant program with a required dollar for dollar match. Additional information about the grant program and application process may be found in MEMA's Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), which is provided below.

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FFY21 EMPG Competitive Emergency Shelter Generator Subgrant

Using left over 2021 EMPG subgrant funds, MEMA is releasing a special competitive subgrant back to the communities. This subgrant can only be used to purchase and install transfer switch and generator for local or regional emergency shelters.

EMPG program has a dollar-for-dollar cost-share requirement which can be deter or prohibit smaller agencies from applying for funding. To ensure an equitable opportunity for funding through this special competitive subgrant, MEMA will cover the cost share/match requirement so that there is no match requirement for the subrecipients.

MEMA has allocated a total of $360,000 to be awarded on a competitive basisto fulfil the following pre-identified gap: Sustain local and regional emergency shelter operations in the event of a power outage. Towns, Cities, and Tribes are encouraged to apply for funding thru this completive process to purchase and install emergency backup power for regional or single community/tribal emergency shelters to ensure emergency shelter operations can be sustained during a power outage. Funds may only be used for purchasing an emergency back-up power source (generator) including installation costs for transfer switch.

This application period is OPEN until July 19, 2022.

Completed Applications must be emailed to EM.Grants@mass.gov (please do not mail hard copies).

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EMPG Sub-Grant Application Process and Materials

The FFY 2021 EMPG application period is CLOSED.

Information on the FFY 2022 EMPG will be posted when available.

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Subrecipients are required to use the EM Grants Unit Reimbursement Request Form when seeking reimbursement(s). This form must be completed and submitted electronically to the EM Grants email box: EM.Grants@mass.gov In addition to the Reimbursement Request Form, subrecipients are required submit backup documentation that supports their reimbursement request.

Reimbursement back up must include invoices for items purchased/services rendered and proof of payment that includes vendor name, date paid, amount paid, and warrant/check number for that payment.

EMPG requires a dollar-for-dollar match. Match documentation must be provided with reimbursement request forms. Match can be either cash or in-kind. Cash match documentation is the same as listed above for reimbursements. In-Kind match, if using volunteer hours, must include sign in/out sheets that includes name, date, times, and activity/event/incident.

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EMPG Policies

Communities that receive EMPG funds should review the policies below as needed

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