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Grants to Florida Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes
for Emergency Preparedness Education

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)/Citizen Corps Program Funding

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Foundation / Corporation

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Volunteer Florida, Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/30/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Florida local governments, tax districts, IHEs, regional planning councils, and Tribes for volunteer emergency-readiness programs in local communities. Funding is intended to support the costs of equipment, exercise, training, and management and administrative expenses. The goal of the programs is to engage citizens in all-hazards prevention, protection, response, and recovery. Interested parties may apply for funding for a CERT program, a Citizen Corps program, or both.

The CERT program is a training program that allows citizens to receive training in basic disaster response skills which allow these volunteers to provide critical support, giving immediate assistance to victims before emergency first responders arrive on scene.

The Citizen Corps program was created to coordinate volunteer activities that will make local communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. Citizen Corps Councils focus on emergency planning and education that will enhance community post-disaster resiliency.

Priority will be given to applicants who:

  • Demonstrate high cost-efficiency
  • Show a high level of partnership activities
  • Demonstrate significant involvement in all-hazard emergency preparedness
  • Demonstrate strong sustainability plans to sustain the program after the sub-grant funding has expired

Priority will be given to applicants of existing programs who:

  • Demonstrate a high degree of excellence in past sub-grants
  • Demonstrate timely and sound compliance with reporting, expenditures, and effectiveness of current program
  • Demonstrate a willingness to “mentor” new programs in nearby or distant areas, or to expand their own programs to encompass significantly more adjacent geographic area than currently covered

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159542

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Each sub-grant application may request what they anticipate is needed (not to exceed $10,000), but awards may be restricted to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The sub-grant period will be from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to local units of government as defined by DHS, counties and cities within the State of Florida, Fire Tax Districts, other tax districts, regional planning councils, state-supported community colleges, colleges and universities, and federally recognized tribes, or nations within the State of Florida. Please note that 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are not directly eligible; however, local jurisdictions may subcontract with 501(c)3 organizations to perform these functions. Previous CERT/CC grantees who did not expend 100% of funds and/or submit timely reports be will be considered in the final application selection.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested parties may attend the Technical Assistance Webinar to be held August 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EDT.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due to Volunteer Florida by Monday, August 30, 2021, by 5:00 PM EST via Blackbaud. If seeking funding for both CERT and Citizen Corps, a separate application must be submitted for each via Blackbaud.

Application Schedule
- Application Release: July 29, 2021 COB
- Technical Assistance Webinar: August 17, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST
- Technical Assistance Responses Posted: August 18, 2021, COB
- Deadline for Receipt of Applications via Blackbaud: August 30, 2021, 5:00 EST
- Grant Review Period August 31 – September 6, 2021
- Intent to Award Posted: September 7, 2021
- Budget Clarification/Approval: September 8 – September 15, 2021
- Anticipated Contract Award: September 17 ,2021
- Contract Period of Performance: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Sub-grantees are required to provide cash or in-kind match dollar for dollar for state FY 21-22 funds.

Recipients must have an active Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in order to apply for federal assistance. The Federal government requires that all recipients of Federal grants and cooperative agreements, with the exception of individuals other than sole proprietors, have a DUNS number. For more information, see

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For information regarding the CERT/Citizen Corps Program, please contact the Volunteer Florida Emergency Management Director, Christy Rojas, at or 850-414-7400 or Grants and Contracts Manager, Katie Troncoso at or 850-414-7400. For information or questions related specifically to this grant funding opportunity, please direct all correspondence to

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