Grant Details

Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
CFDA: 97.111
Federal FON: DHS-24-GPD-111-01-99
Office: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 07/25/2024 (Application)
Solicitation Date: 05/23/2024
Match Required: No
Actual Funds: $10,800,000 (Confirmed)
Award Range: $3,000,000 (Max)

The purpose of this program is to build state and local capacity to manage catastrophic incidents by improving and expanding regional collaboration across the whole community. For the purposes of this program, a catastrophic incident is defined as any natural or man-made incident, including terrorism, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption affecting the population, infrastructure, environment, economy, national morale, or government functions. Supported projects must  be regional and benefit multistate or intrastate regions and be replicable and sustainable.

In support of the funding agency's 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, equity, climate resilience, readiness, and housing are the strategic priorities of this program. When developing their project proposals, applicants should consider how the proposed project can address these priorities and produce meaningful results, using the StrategicPlan file as a guide.

Applicants must develop and deliver one planning project that addresses specific capability gaps based on Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)/Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) results and focuses on the following core capabilities, with an emphasis on disadvantaged communities, within one or more of the strategic priorities:

  • Community resilience: The purpose of this core capability is to enable the recognition, understanding, communication of, and planning for risk and empower individuals and communities to make informed risk management decisions necessary to adapt to, withstand, and quickly recover from future incidents. The specific objectives of this core capability are to maximize the coverage of the U.S. population that has a localized, risk-informed mitigation plan developed through partnerships across the entire community; and empower individuals and communities to make informed decisions to facilitate actions necessary to adapt to, withstand, and quickly recover from future incidents.
  • Long-term vulnerability reduction: The purpose of this core capability is to build and sustain resilient systems, communities, and critical infrastructure and key resources lifelines so as to reduce their vulnerability to threats and hazards. The specific objective of this core capability is to achieve a measurable decrease in the long-term vulnerability of the nation against current baselines amid a growing population base, changing climate conditions, increasing reliance upon information technology, and expanding infrastructure base.
  • Housing: The purpose of this core capability is to implement housing solutions that effectively support the needs of the whole community and contribute to its sustainability and resilience. The specific objectives of this core capability are to establish a resilient and sustainable housing market that meets the needs of the community, including the need for accessible housing within the specified time frame in the recovery plan; assess preliminary housing impacts and needs, identify currently available options for temporary housing, and plan for permanent housing; and ensure community housing recovery plans continue to address interim housing needs, assess options for permanent housing, and define a timeline for achieving a resilient, accessible, and sustainable housing market.

Refer to pages 10-11 of the NOFA file for examples of allowable activities under each of the three core capabilities.

Additional general program objectives also include building state and local capacity to manage catastrophic incidents by improving and expanding regional collaboration among emergency managers and other preparedness stakeholders, and involve regional stakeholders in the development of plans to address those core capabilities that present persistent preparedness challenges.

Priority will be given to planning efforts that address the needs of disadvantaged communities who might be at special risk because of current and/or future hazards, including those associated with climate change.

Eligible costs may include planning, organization, training, exercises, personnel, consultants/contractors, domestic travel, conferences, and supplies.

Last Updated: June 05, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are:

  • States, including the District of Columbia and territories, that contain one or more of the 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)
  • Local governments located within one of the 100 most populous MSAs

Refer to page 61 of the NOFA file for a list of the 100 most populous MSAs per the Census Bureau's 2021 population estimates.

Applications must be submitted by either the state administrative agency (SAA); the first principal city within the MSA; or a different local government located within the MSA, only if the application includes a signed letter of support from the office of the chief executive of the first principal city.

Projects may involve partner entities, including states, territories, local or tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and other non-government entities. Partner entities can extend beyond the boundaries of the state/territory or MSA, and can be located in other states/territories or MSAs, for the purposes of regional collaboration.

Preference will be given to applications submitted by new or previously unsuccessful program applicants.

No more than one application will be accepted per MSA.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
State Government
Application Notes:

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on July 25, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online at

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • lobbying form, certification regarding lobbying
  • SF 424A
  • SF 424B
  • SF LLL
  • Project narrative:
    • Background
    • Need (3 pages max)
    • Project design (7 pages max)
    • Impact (3 pages max)
    • Budget (2 pages max)
  • Budget worksheet and budget narrative
  • Written, signed statement explaining the statewide or multistate impact of the proposed investment and attesting to the advance coordination and support of at least one of the 100 most populous MSAs within the state or territory (if applicable)
  • Written, signed statement certifying that the applicant's chief executive and, as applicable, the chief executive of the first principal city of the MSA, supports the application as the local government's single application being submitted for consideration (if applicable)
  • Names of all entities partnering on the project
  • Letters of support from partner entities or a written, signed statement certifying the involvement and support of all partner entities that will participate in the proposed project and, if applicable, information on the relationship between the applicant and partnering entities
  • A list of all counties and disadvantaged communities that will be involved in the project and that will directly benefit from the project, including the census tract numbers associated with each disadvantaged community based on the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST)

The project narrative must use single-spacing and one-inch margins, and must be submitted in Word or .pdf format. Refer to page 62 of the NOFA file for additional information regarding the required format of the project narrative.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration
  • SPOC (state Single Point of Contact) notification

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at Applicants in states participating in the SPOC program must contact the relevant SPOC listed in the SPOC file before applying.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Need (20 points)
  • Project design (35 points)
  • Impact (25 points)
  • Budget (20 points)
  • Bonus (30 points)

Refer to the NOFA file for additional application information.

Match Required: No
Actual Funds: $10,800,000 (Confirmed)
Award Range: $3,000,000 (Max)
Match Notes:

Matching funds are not required for this program, and no additional points will be issued during the application evaluation process to applicants that provide voluntary cost share.

Funding Notes:

A total of $10.8 million is available to support an expected five to ten awards of up to $3 million through this program. 

Award selections are expected to be made no later than September 9, 2024, and awards are expected to be issued no later than September 30, 2024.

The project period is 36 months and is expected to begin on October 1, 2024, and end on September 30, 2027. Extension requests may be granted due to compelling legal, policy, or operational challenges as detailed on pages 48-49 of the NOFA file.

Applicants may use up to 5 percent of the award amount for management and administration (M&A) purposes.

Pre-award costs are allowable only with the prior written approval of the funding agency and as included in the award agreement.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Subawards
  • Equipment purchases
  • Matching or cost sharing for other federal grants/cooperative agreements
  • Lobbying
  • Prosecuting claims against the federal government or any other government entity
  • Certain telecommunications equipment or services as detailed on pages 28-29 of the NOFA file
  • Hiring public safety personnel fulfilling traditional public safety duties
  • International travel, unless approved in advance by the funding agency
  • Construction and renovation
  • Maintenance and sustainment

Program Staff

Agency Address
Federal Emergency Management Agency
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the program staff.

Applications must be submitted online at

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

Other Pre-Award File: US7286_StrategicPlan_FY2024.pdf (11.2 Mb)
NOFA File: US7286_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (730.3 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US7286_FAQ_FY2024.pdf (97.1 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US7286_FactSheet_FY2024.pdf (53.1 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US7286_KeyChanges_FY2024.pdf (33.2 Kb)
Federal Forms:
SPOC (195.6 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The StrategicPlan file contains the funding agency's 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The SPOC file contains information on the state Single Point of Contact program. The FAQ file contains a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program. The FactSheet file contains a fact sheet for this program. The KeyChanges file contains a summary of key changes to this program.

June 5, 2024
A list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program, along with a fact sheet for this program and a summary of key changes to this program, have been released and attached as the FAQ, FactSheet, and KeyChanges files, respectively.

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Grant Categories
Disaster Preparedness
Human Services
Domestic Preparedness/Homeland Security