CERT/Citizen Corps Grant Opportunities

FY 2022-2023 CERT/Citizen Corps Notice of Funding Opportunity

Volunteer Florida is proud to announce the availability of FY 22-23 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)/Citizen Corps Program funding.

Volunteer Florida is anticipating awarding up to $140,000 in sub-grant awards that may be capped at $5,000. Interested parties may apply for funding for a CERT program, a Citizen Corps program, or both. If seeking funding for both CERT and Citizen Corps, a separate application must be submitted for each.  Each sub-grant application may request what they anticipate is needed (not to exceed $10,000), but awards may be restricted to $5,000.

Volunteer Florida administers Florida’s CERT/Citizen Corps program and funding is administered by Volunteer Florida through the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Program. 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.

Eligible applicants include local units of government, 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. Although 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are not directly eligible, local jurisdictions can subcontract with 501(c)3 organizations to perform these functions.

Click here to download the FY 2022-2023 CERT/Citizens Corps RFP 

FY 22-23 CERT/Citizen Corps RFP Timeline:

Request for Proposal & Application ReleaseAugust 1, 2022 COB
Technical Assistance WebinarAugust 11, 2022 10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT
Technical Assistance Responses PostedAugust 12, 2022 COB
Technical Assistance: Finance WebinarAugust 22, 2022 10:00am-11:00am EDT
Technical Assistance: Finance Responses PostedAugust 24, 2022 COB
Deadline for Receipt of Applications via BlackbaudSeptember 1, 2022, 5:00 EDT
Grant Review PeriodSeptember 2, 2022 – September 13, 2022
Intent to Award PostedSeptember 14, 2022 COB
Budget Clarification/ApprovalSeptember 15, 2022 –September 23, 2022
Anticipated Contract AwardOctober 1, 2022
Contract Period of PerformanceOctober 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023


Technical Assistance

General Technical Assistance Webinar: View the webinar recording here / Download the Powerpoint slides here / Read the FAQs here

Financial Technical Assistance Webinar: View the webinar recording here / Download the Powerpoint slides here

Due Date:

Applications are due to Volunteer Florida by Thursday September 1, 2022 by 5:00 PM EDT via Blackbaud.

Click here to access the FY 2022-2023 CERT/Citizen Corps Blackbaud funding application

Any questions concerning the grant funding opportunity should be submitted via email to Shanelle@volunteerflorida.org.

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