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Learn about the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)

Pending the availability of funds, MEMA - through an annual sub-grant application process - makes EMPG funding available to all communities and Tribes in the Commonwealth through their local emergency management department

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, Organizational, Equipment, 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.

EMPG Sub-Grant Application Process and Materials

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has posted its FFY 2021 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) below.

Municipalities and Federally-recognized Tribes with local emergency management departments are eligible to apply. The NOFO contains detail about eligible activities; eligible award amounts; and how to submit applications.

This application period is OPEN until October 29, 2021.

Completed Applications must be emailed to (please do not mail hard copies). Original signed contracts and CASLs must be mailed to MEMA HQ, at the following address:


Attn: EM Grants Unit

400 Worcester Road

Framingham, MA 01702

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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: In addition to the Reimbursement Request Form, subrecipients are required submit backup documentation that supports their reimbursement request.

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)

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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