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Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) (Illinois)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)


    The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program is one of the grant programs that constitute DHS/FEMA's focus on all-hazards emergency preparedness, including the evolving threats and risks associated with climate change. Among the goals noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, the EMPG Program supports the goal to Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience.

    Allowable costs include:

    • Planning
    • Organization
    • Equipment
    • Training and Exercises
    • Travel
    • Construction and Renovation
    • Operational Overtime
    • Maintenance and Sustainment

    More information can be found in Appendix H of the Preparedness Manual at: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/manual

    States and territories are encouraged to identify whether and how each project included in their EMPG Program Work Plan addresses equity-related considerations or the impacts associated with climate change (as applicable). The reporting of this information will allow FEMA to better understand how states and territories are using EMPG Program funding to support equity and climate resilience.

    In Illinois, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster. 

    All applicants must complete and submit the Emergency Management Assistance (EMA) Grant Program Application to be considered for funding. The application package will be provided via e-mail to each eligible applicant's emergency management coordinator on or about July 1 of each year. Grant applications will only be accepted in the agency-approved format following the appropriate methodology prescribed for submission.


    History of Funding

    The FY21 allocation to the state of Illinois was $10,712, 809.

    The FY22 allocation to the state of Illinois was $12,329,319.

    Additional Information

    For more information on the Emergency Management Assistance (EMA) grant program, applicants should contact their respective IEMA Regional Office. Information regarding the appropriate IEMA Regional Office can be located at: http://www.illinois.gov/iema/Contacts/Pages/Contacts-Regional.aspx

    Funds may not be used for: (1) Expenditures for weapons systems and ammunition; (2) Costs to support the hiring of sworn public safety officers for the purposes of fulfilling traditional public safety duties or to supplant traditional public safety positions and responsibilities; or (3) Activities and projects unrelated to the completion and implementation of the EMPG Program.


    Alicia Tate-Nadeau

    Alicia Tate-Nadeau
    2200 South Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL 62703

  • Eligibility Details

    IEMA is the only eligible entity eligible to apply to FEMA for EMPG funds. Funds are then allocated to county emergency management agencies and local municipalities in Illinois. All applicants will submit an IEMA grant application once notified by the eligible applicants' IEMA Regional Office. Accepted applicants will then become subrecipients.

    Deadline Details

    IEMA is to submit an application to FEMA by May 18, 2023. All applicants will submit an IEMA grant application once notified by the eligible applicants' IEMA Regional Office. Accepted applicants will then become subrecipients.

    Award Details

    The FY23 allocation to the state of Illinois is $10,618,545. Grants are awarded directly to the State. Funds are then allocated to emergency management agencies and local jurisdictions. At least 80% of the funds awarded under EMPG must be obligated to local government units within 45 days of the acceptance of the grant award. The performance period of the grant program is intended to be Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 of each year. Cost sharing/matching of 50% is required.

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