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Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)

Grants to Utah Cities, Counties, Tribes, and IHEs
to Improve Emergency Management Programs

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Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) - Division of Emergency Management (DEM)

Deadline Date:

02/28/18 - Deadline to submit a Notice of Intent to apply


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Grants to Utah cities, counties, tribes, and public higher education institutions to better prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from catastrophic events and emergencies. The goal of this program is to offer qualifying jurisdictions technical expertise and financial assistance to establish, maintain, and enhance an effective emergency management program.

This goal is accomplished by identifying eligible missions and core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal (NPG). A central objective of this program is to ensure that trained, experienced, professional emergency management personnel are present in each eligible jurisdiction.

The objective of the EMPG Program is to support a comprehensive, all-hazard emergency preparedness system by building and sustaining the core capabilities contained within each mission area of the NPG.

Examples of EMPG funded activities include but are not limited to:
-Initiating or achieving a whole community approach to security and emergency management;
-Strengthening a state or community’s emergency management program;
-Updating emergency plans;
-Completing the State Preparedness Reports ( SPR ), including the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment ( THIRA ) process;
-Designing and conducting exercises that engage a whole community of stakeholders and validate core capabilities;
-Conduct and attend training.

The Department of Homeland Security expects EMPG recipients and subrecipients (county/city/tribe/IHE) to prioritize grant funding to address capability targets and gaps identified through the annual THIRA and SPR process. Recipients and subrecipients should prioritize the use of grant funds to maintain/sustain current capabilities, to validate capability levels, and to increase capability for high-priority core capabilities with low capability levels.

Recipients must complete and report on the following performance standards:
-Performance Standard One: Exercise
-Performance Standard Two: NIMS Compliance
-Performance Standard Three: Planning
-Performance Standard Four: Professional Development Coordination
-Performance Standard Five: Community Outreach

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182249

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant is available to all counties, cities, tribes and public institutions of higher learning.


-Employ a full-time, three-quarter time, part-time, or one-quarter time Emergency Program Manager (40, 30, 20, or 10 hours per week respectively). This cannot be a contracted position. Also note, if this position is held by a police chief, sheriff, or fire chief their personnel costs will not be able to be claimed for reimbursement.

-Meet all Federal requirements such as: Equal Opportunity Employer; Drug-Free Workplace, A-133 Audits; Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Reporting; Compliance with 2 CFR 200 policies; etc.

Pre-Application Information:

A cost match is required under this program. The Federal share that is used towards the EMPG Program budget shall not exceed 50% of the total budget. FEMA administers cost matching requirements in accordance with 2 CFR 200.306 . To meet matching requirements, the contributions must be verifiable, reasonable, allowable, allocable, and necessary under the grant program and must comply with all federal requirements and regulations.

All applicants shall submit a Training and Exercise Plan spanning the current year prior to submitting their application. Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis.

Cities shall submit a letter/E-mail from their respective County EM acknowledging their participation in the EMPG program with their application.

New applicants shall complete IS 100, 200, 700, 800 prior to applying for the grant. Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis.

All applicants shall submit a Training and Exercise Plan spanning the current year prior to submitting their application. Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis.

The Notice of Intent to apply is due February 28. This notice of intent does not replace the application. This notice of intent must be filled out prior to the deadline in order to apply for the grant.

For reference, 2017 applications were due May 14. That may change.

FEMA Notice of Funding Opportunity:

For instruction on how to complete your 2017 EMPG application, click here:

Contact Information:

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

Submit a Notice of Intent to Apply by February 28:

EMPG Grants Manager:

Tanner Patterson, EMPG Grants Manager

If you need assistance, please contact the LNO that coincides with the region that your emergency management program falls under:

Region 1 (Box Elder, Cache, Rich, Davis, Morgan, Weber Counties and Shoshone Tribe):
Kimberly Giles

Region 2 (Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Wasatch Counties, Confederated Band of Goshutes and Skull Valley Goshutes):
Tara Behunin

Region 3 (Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, Wayne Counties, Paiute Tribe and Confederate Band of Goshutes):
Jeff Gallacher

Region 4 (Beaver, Iron, Garfield, Kane, Washington Counties, and Paiute Tribe):
Scott Alvord

Region 5 (Daggett, Duchesne, Uintah Counties, and Ute Tribe):
Mechelle Miller

Region 6-7 (Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan Counties, Navajo Tribe, and Ute Mountain Tribe):
Angelia Crowther

Community Support Liaison Program Manager:

Kim Hammer

WebEOC Support:

Rey Thompson

Kurt Tracy

Training & Exercise Support:

Kris Repp

Donald Cobb

Tracy Bodily

Ted Woolley

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Utah