Grants & Finance

The purpose of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency's (RIEMA's) Grants Program is to facilitate application and issuance of grants with the purpose of enhancing the preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts throughout the State in order to protect life and property from all hazards and disasters.

Emergency Management Preparedness Grants

The purpose of the Emergency Management Preparedness Grant (EMPG) Program is to make grants available to assist local, tribal and state governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) Title VI of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA to make grants for the purpose of providing a system of emergency preparedness for the protection of life and property in the United States from hazards and to vest responsibility for emergency preparedness jointly in the Federal Government, States, and their political subdivisions.

 

Key Points: 

  • The Notice Of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) gives specific guidance on what projects are eligible for funding as well as the criteria for eligible applicants.  The FY 2023 EMPG NOFO is posted below.

 

How to apply:

The State of RI has moved to an online portal for grant applications called eCivis.  Please click on the following link in order to apply:

EMPG 2023 - Funding Application

 

The FY 2023 application window will be from April 6, 2023, through June 30, 2023, closing at 11:59 PM. 

 

Please use the link below if you are experiencing technical difficulties, or have questions related to the eCivis Portal and Grants Management System.

Submit a User Support Ticket - Grants Management | Rhode Island (ri.gov) 

If you need immediate assistance or would prefer to speak with someone please call the Grants Management Office at (401) 574-8423.

 

For more information about grant opportunities in the State, please go to the following link:  

https://controller.admin.ri.gov/grants-management/state-rhode-island-grant-funding-opportunities 

How to apply:

 

Homeland Security Grant Program

The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) supports the implementation of State Homeland Security Strategies to address the identified needs in planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise in order to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from, acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.

Key Points: 

  • The Notice Of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) gives specific guidance on what projects are eligible for funding as well as the criteria for eligible applicants.

 

How to apply:

The State of RI has moved to an online portal for grant applications called eCivis.  Please click on the following link in order to apply:

HSGP 2023 Funding Application

 

The FY 2023 Application window will be from April 6, 2023, through June 30, 2023 closing at 11:59 PM PST.  

 

Please use the link below if you are experiencing technical difficulties, or have questions related to the eCivis Portal and Grants Management System.

Submit a User Support Ticket - Grants Management | Rhode Island (ri.gov) 

If you need immediate assistance or would prefer to speak with someone please call the Grants Management Office at (401) 574-8423.

 

Also:

For more information about grant opportunities in the State, please go to the following link:  

https://controller.admin.ri.gov/grants-management/state-rhode-island-grant-funding-opportunities 

Please see the NOFO below for more information and areas of emphasis for the FY 2023 Homeland Security Grant Program from the Department of Homeland Security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonprofit Security Grant Program

 

Overview

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is one of three grant programs that support DHS/FEMA’s focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, prepare for, and respond to terrorist or other extremist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS to help strengthen the nation’s communities against potential terrorist or other extremist attacks. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2020-2024

Please consult the Notice of Funding Opportunity below for more information concerning the FY 2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program.  

Applicants are reminded the following documentation will be needed in order to apply; A completed Investment Justification (IJ); A vulnerability/Threat Assessment unique to the site as related to the IJ; The Mission Statement of the Nonprofit. 

Please note you may not alter the Investment Justification Form.

Applicants may want to use Firefox to access the Investment Justification Form.  The form is available below or in the eCivis tool for your convenience.  

A nonprofit with one site may apply for up to $150,000 for that site. Nonprofits with multiple sites (multiple locations/physical addresses) within Rhode Island may choose to apply for additional sites at up to $150,000 per site for a maximum of three sites, not to exceed $450,000 of funding per nonprofit. 

To apply for this grant or for more information about grant opportunities in the State, please go to the following link:  https://controller.admin.ri.gov/grants-management/state-rhode-island-grant-funding-opportunities 

How to apply:

The State of RI has moved to an online portal for grant applications called eCivis.  The link to apply is scheduled to be open on March 6, 2023.

 

Please click on the following link in order to apply:

NSGP 2023 - Funding Application

The FY 2023 Application window will be from March 6, 2023, through May 11, 2023, closing at 11:59 PM PST.

 

Special Note:  If you have trouble accessing the Investment Justification Form, please right click on the document below and save to your desktop.  You may also have to use an "Open with Adobe" option in order to complete the document.  Fill in the required information and then upload into eCivis with your Vulnerability/Threat Assessment and Mission Statement.  The Investment Justification Form is below in the files section.  As previously noted, applicants may want to use the Firefox browser to access and complete the Investment Justification Form.

 

Please use the link below if you are experiencing technical difficulties, or have questions related to the eCivis Portal and Grants Management System.

Submit a User Support Ticket - Grants Management | Rhode Island (ri.gov) 

If you need immediate assistance or would prefer to speak with someone please call the Grants Management Office at (401) 574-8423.

 

 

If you are interested in future applications for the NSGP, please review the posted Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) which gives general guidance on the program, the allowable expenses, and other pertinent information for the application

Please revisit this page periodically for any updates that DHS furnishes to RIEMA concerning the NSGP program.

FY 2022 State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

The State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) supports the strengthening of cybersecurity practices and resilience of state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments to assist with managing and reducing systemic cyber risk.  Through funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the SLCGP enables the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to make targeted cybersecurity investments in SLT government agencies, thus improving the security of critical infrastructure and improving the resilience of the services SLT governments provide their community.

 

Key Points: 

  • The Notice Of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) gives specific guidance on what projects are eligible for funding as well as the criteria for eligible applicants.

 

How to apply: 

This program predates RIEMA's transition to the eCivis portal and will be conducted in the same manner as our legacy programs.

Please click on the following link in order to apply:

SLCGP 2022 Funding Application

 

The FY 2022 SLCGP Application window will be from March 15, 2024 through June 5, 2024 closing at 5:00 PM EST

 

Application reviews will be conducted by RIEMA and the RI Cybersecurity Planning Committee.

 

Also:

For more information about grant opportunities in the State, please go to the following link:  

https://controller.admin.ri.gov/grants-management/state-rhode-island-grant-funding-opportunities 

 

Please see the NOFO below, provided by FEMA/DHS, for more information and areas of emphasis related to the FY 2022 State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program.

FY 2023 State & Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

Coming Soon - Program and Funding Application Updates

Hazard Mitigation Grants

The Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant program is designed to provide funding to protect life and property from future natural disasters. Currently, there are four programs:

Mitigation Grants Opportunities

1. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

Information related to the FEMA post-disaster hazard mitigation grants

HMGP Funding

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Allocations for COVID-19 Declarations: On August 5, 2021, FEMA announced every state, tribe, and territory that received a major disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible to receive 4% of those disaster costs to invest in mitigation projects that reduce risks from natural disasters.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) - $26,828,651 available statewide. In alignment with the “State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP)” mission statement, the State prioritizes projects that reduce loss of life, and protect natural resources, property, infrastructure, public health, and the economy from natural hazards and climate change impacts through the development of integrated hazard mitigation and climate adaptation projects.

The HMGP provides funds to states, territories, tribal governments, and other communities after a disaster, to reduce or eliminate future risk to lives and property from natural hazards. The intent for funding of hazard mitigation plans and projects is to reduce the need for the reliance on taxpayer-funded federal assistance for disaster recovery. Mitigation also minimizes overall risk to lives and property. State and local governments, tribal organizations, and certain private non-profits may be eligible to apply for funding to cover projects including:

  • Storm-water upgrades
  • Drainage and culvert improvements
  • Property acquisition
  • Slope stabilization
  • Infrastructure protection
  • Seismic and wind retrofits, and
  • Structure elevations
  • Wildfire Mitigation

HMGP funding is available to all communities in the RI that meet the sub-applicant and project eligibility requirements. Federal funding for this grant program is available following a major federal disaster declaration. HMGP funds are available based on a percentage of the total Public Assistance and Individual Assistance programs. The HMGP is competitive statewide and is authorized under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

FEMA’s hazard mitigation grant programs are not intended to fund repair, replacement, or deferred maintenance activities. They are designed to assist sub-applicants in developing long-term, cost-effective improvements that will reduce or eliminate risk of damage to people and property caused by natural hazards. Projects that address operation, deferred or future maintenance, repairs or replacement (without a change in the level of protection provided) of existing structures, facilities, or infrastructure (e.g., dredging, debris removal, replacement of obsolete utility systems, bridges and facility repair/rehabilitation) are not considered eligible mitigation grant activities.

Individuals and businesses are not eligible to apply for HMA funds; however, an eligible Applicant or sub-applicant may apply for funding on behalf of individuals and businesses.

Application Period: FEMA-4505-DR HMGP opened August 5, 2021.

If you are interested in applying, the first step is to submit a “Notice of Intent (NOI)” via the links below. You will be providing us with general information on your project, so that we can be better understand your project and guide you towards the appropriate grant program, and other considerations that you may need as you develop your full application package. Information and instructions on how to submit a full application will be provided to each applicant and will vary depending on the grant program.

For HMGP NOI click here.

2. Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

RIEMA is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC). The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. The priorities for the BRIC program are to:

  • Incentivize public infrastructure projects;
  • Incentivize projects that mitigate risk to one or more lifelines;
  • Incentivize projects that incorporate nature-based solutions;
  • Incentivize adoption and enforcement of modern building codes.

Key Points: FEMA has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the BRIC grant program. RIEMA encourages reviewing the BRIC NOFO before applying, as it provides detailed information and other grant application and administration requirements.

Applicants will submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) via email to Planning and Mitigation at at ema.planning@ema.ri.gov.

For BRIC / FMA Notice of Intent click here

3. Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)

RIEMA is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). The FMA grant program strengthens national preparedness and resilience and supports the mitigation mission area through FEMA’s strategic goal of building a culture of preparedness. Eligible Activities:

  • Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) (B)(ii):
  • Repetitive Loss (RL)
  • SRL (B)(i)

Key Points: FEMA has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FMA grant program. RIEMA encourages reviewing the FMA NOFO before applying, as it provides detailed information and other grant application and administration requirements.

Applicants will submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) via email to Planning and Mitigation at at ema.planning@ema.ri.gov.

 

Preparedness Grants Administration

The Sub-Recipient Grant Management Handbook serves as a primary reference for subrecipients to administer federal grant funds and ensure they are used for the purposes for which they were awarded. This handbook will serve as a day-to-day management tool for sub-recipients in administering grant programs.

RIEMA is pleased to respond to any questions not covered by this handbook and welcomes suggestions to improve the utility and content of the handbook. Please contact the Grants Division at (401) 946-9996 with any questions or suggestions.