CERT/Citizen Corps Grant Opportunities

FY 2021-2022 CERT/Citizen Corps Notice of Funding Opportunity

Volunteer Florida is proud to announce the availability of FY 21-22 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 2021-2022 CERT/Citizens Corps RFP 

Applications are due to Volunteer Florida by Monday August 30, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST via Blackbaud.

FY 21-22 CERT/Citizen Corps RFP Timeline:

Application ReleaseAugust 17, 2021, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST
Technical Assistance Responses PostedAugust 18, 2021, COB
Deadline for Receipt of Applications via BlackbaudAugust 30, 2021, 5:00 EST
Grant Review PeriodAugust 31 – September 6, 2021
Intent to Award PostedSeptember 7, 2021
Budget Clarification/ApprovalSeptember 8 – September 15, 2021
Anticipated Contract AwardSeptember 17, 2021

Technical Assistance:

Interested parties may attend the Technical Assistance Webinar to be held August 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EDT by registering here.

Click here to access the FY 2021-2022 CERT/Citizen Corps Blackbaud funding application

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

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