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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FFY 2023 EMPG Subgrant

MEMA is releasing its annual EMGP subgrant. The primary objective of the FY 2023 EMPG Program is to provide funds to assist state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management agencies to implement the National Preparedness System (NPS) and to support the National Preparedness Goal (the Goal) of a secure and resilient nation. To that end, program objectives include: 1) closing capability gaps that are identified in the state or territory’s most recent Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR); and 2) building or sustaining those capabilities that are identified as high priority through the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)/SPR process and other relevant information sources.

The EMPG program has a dollar-for-dollar cost-share requirement. The contribution can be cash (hard match) or in-kind (soft match). Communities and tribes shall agree to make available eligible match equal to or greater than the allocated award amount which can be found on pages 5-7 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Match must be allowable, verifiable, and documented.

MEMA has allocated $2.5 million for pass-thru subgrants. Each Town, City and Federal-recognized tribes within Massachusetts, with an Emergency Management Department, are eligible to apply for and receive FFY2023 EMPG funds. MEMA will only accept one application per eligible entity. Applications must be completed by or in coordination with the respective Local/Tribal Emergency Management Director(s).

This application period is OPEN until December 31, 2023.

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

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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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Contact   for Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)

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