The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be awarding one-time grants up to $35,000, with no financial match required, for programs that foster community resilience by identifying the community's needs, mobilizing partners and creating sustainable solutions through the Community Resilience Innovation Challenge.
The challenge is open to local, state and tribal agencies and governments; businesses; associations; organizations and groups, and application submissions will be accepted through Oct. 26.
Applications will be assessed on innovation, collaboration with community stakeholders, the ability to replicate the program in other communities, sustainable approach and benefit to the community. Both new and existing programs are eligible. Funds will be paid directly to grant awardees, and the program must begin within 30 days of receiving the grant. The funds must be spent within a year of receiving them.
The program 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.
The program is funded through the Rockefeller Foundation and will be administered by the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation.