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National Preparedness Month may be coming to a close, but as emergency managers, we know that preparedness is needed year-round in our communities. We are also keenly aware that a government-centric approach to disaster management is insufficient to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. To meet our preparedness goals, the whole community must be actively involved in all phases of the preparedness, response, and recovery cycle.
On Thursday Sept. 27, 2012 we announced the start of the application period for the Community Resilience Innovation Challenge Opportunity. This new monetary opportunity is designed to continue to move community preparedness forward and assist local areas in building and revitalizing community-based partnerships to advance the nation’s resilience to disasters. Submissions will be accepted through Oct. 26.
“The best resiliency ideas originate in our states and communities – not from Washington, DC,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “The goal of this program is to empower communities to collaborate and develop innovative ways to effectively respond to disasters.”
Rockefeller Foundation and FEMA sponsor the Community Resilience Innovation Challenge Opportunity, which will be administered by the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation, a third-party intermediary, to encourage local communities to engage in creative activities that enhance disaster resilience. Funding levels will range, with a maximum award of $35,000, and applications are open to most local, state, and tribal agencies and governments; business entities; associations; organizations and groups.
2012 Challenge Funding
- Selected projects will be funded up to a maximum of $35,000.
- No financial match is required.
- Funds will be paid directly to the selected project agency, institution, business entity, association, organization, or group.
- Funds will be paid via check or electronic funds transfer.
- Total program funding, requirements, and timing may be adjusted at the discretion of FEMA.
- Agencies, institutions, business entities, associations, organizations or groups (Public or Private Sector) operating within the local jurisdiction where the project will be conducted are eligible. Awards to individuals will not be considered.
- Only projects within the United States of America and United States of America territories will be considered.
- Applications must be complete to be considered for funding, including all questions and program/project budget information.
- All projects must start (documented initiation or kickoff) within 30 days of receiving funds.
- Challenge funds must be fully utilized within 1 year of receipt.
- All selected applicants will be required to submit a brief program summary report (one year from the date of funding) detailing major project activities, impact, and lessons for scalability to other communities.
Application Deadline: Postmarked October 26, 2012 or emailed by 11:59 pm PDT.