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

Grants to Florida Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes to
Educate and Prepare Citizens for Emergency Situations

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

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07/29/20 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants of up to $5,000 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.

Community Emergency Response Team (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 mission of Citizen Corps program is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. 

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; and 
  • Demonstrate 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. 

For additional information about funding objectives, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 159542

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

It is anticipated a successful application will be received from each of the seven Regional County Emergency Management Coordination Teams.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Sub-grantee awards are anticipated to be capped at a maximum of $5,000 per grant application.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is August 31, 2020, to May 31, 2021.

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.

Eligible applicants with a current FY 19-20 CERT/Citizens Corps grant must be 100% spent down and submitted all closeout paperwork to be eligible for an FY 20-21 grant

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested parties may attend the Technical Assistance Webinar to be held on July 16, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. EDT by registering here:

Pre-Application Information:

Electronic applications for the FY 20-21 CERT/Citizen Corps Program sub-grant applications must be submitted electronically via Blackbaud and received no later than 5:00 PM EST, July 29, 2020.

If seeking funding for both CERT and Citizen Corps, a separate application must be submitted for each via Blackbaud.

FY 20-21 CERT/Citizen Corps RFP Timeline:
- Application Release: June 29, 2020 COB
- Technical Assistance Webinar: July 16, 2020, 2:30 EST
- Technical Assistance Responses Posted: July 17, 2020, COB
- Deadline for Receipt of Applications via Blackbaud: July 29, 2020, 5:00 EST
- Intent to Award Posted: August 20, 2020
- Budget Clarification/Approval: August 24-28, 2020
- Anticipated Contract Award: August 31, 2020
- Contract Period of Performance: August 31, 2020 – May 31, 2021

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.

Sub-grantees are required to provide cash or in-kind match dollar for dollar for state FY 20-21 funds. Agreement letters documenting the source of any cash and/or in-kind contributions shall be submitted with the application. If a cash match is from a particular funding source, the applicant should provide documentation of the funding source.

If accommodation is needed for a disability in order to participate in this solicitation process, please contact Katie Troncoso at least five days prior to the date that the accommodation is needed.

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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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Any questions concerning the grant funding opportunity should be submitted via email to

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