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Funding Opportunity Announcement: EMPG and HMEP


EMPG funding opportunity

As of Oct. 1, 2015, the federal appropriations for the federal fiscal year 2016 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) have not been made nor has a federal funding opportunity announcement been issued.


HSEMD is moving forward with the application phase of 2016 EMPG in light of FEMA’s recommendation for states to be planning projects. Until federal guidance for 2016 is released, please utilize the 2015 EMPG Federal Notice of Funding Opportunity and Local Jurisdiction Guidance. After federal guidance for 2016 is issued, HSEMD may require from each applicant additional information.

Based on recent EMPG history, HSEMD anticipates the FFY 2016 EMPG period of performance will be Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016, for subrecipients.

How to apply for EMPG

Interested applicants will need to apply through Iowa HSEMD's grant website. The Notice of Interest (NOI) form is due Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. The complete application is due Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.


In-person trainings on how to use the new system and submit applications are available through the month of October. The trainings are titled “EMPG/HMEP Training for EMgrantsPro MB3 System.” There’s still time to reserve your seat by registering via HSEMD's training portal. During the training, participants will complete their NOI forms, and begin their applications in addition to learning the new electronic system.


HMEP application period open now

The application period for the federal fiscal year 2017 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness planning and training grants is now open. Interested applicants will need to apply via HSEMD's grant website. The NOI form is due Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, and the complete application is due Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.


The purpose of Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants is outlined in 49 CFR 110.1 and is meant for public sector planning and training in support of the emergency planning and training efforts of states, Indian tribes, and local communities to deal with hazardous materials emergencies, particularly those involving transportation.


Training on HSEMD's grant management website

HSEMD recently moved all grant management activities to the EMGrantsPro (MB3 System) from The EMPG 2016 and HMEP 2017 grant application activities are now located in EMGrantsPro. If you are interested in applying for funding, it is important that you send in your access request as soon as possible to get registered.


If you are interested in receiving training on EMGrantsPro, please register for one of the four offered trainings by going to HSEMD’s training website. See dates, times, locations listed below. The three-hour training will cover: how to navigate the system, how to apply for EMPG and HMEP funds, and how to submit EMPG and HMEP reimbursement requests. Due to this being an introduction to EmGrantsPro and these grant programs, this training is currently only available in person. Participation is strongly encouraged.


This will be an interactive training. Participants will need to bring a laptop or tablet computer. Wireless internet will be provided by each training location. Participants will also need to have an active EMGrantsPro user account. If you do not have an account yet, please follow the instructions to register for access. If you already have an account from previous grants and have not already registered for access to the grants we’ll be discussing, please email Angela Chen to request access to the applicable grants and grant years (2016 EMPG and/or 2016 HMEP-PL/TR and/or 2017 HMEP-PL/TR).


Please submit your access requests well in advance of the training and test your username and password prior to training. If you have questions, please contact Tricia Boggs (EMPG) or Lisa Sexton (HMEP).


MB3 training schedule for subapplicants (IN PERSON ONLY)



9:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.


Southwestern Community College

Allied Health Building, Room 916

1501 W. Townline




Noon-3 p.m.

Black Hawk County EOC

1925 Newell St.




9 a.m.-

Buena Vista County EOC

411 Expansion Blvd.

Storm Lake



9 a.m.-

Wapello County EOC

330 W. Second St.


Presidential Disaster 4234


Iowa received a Presidential Disaster Declaration on July 31, 2015, for storm damage incurred in 19 counties from June 20-25. The counties included in the declaration are: Allamakee, Appanoose, Butler, Clayton, Dallas, Davis, Des Moines, Guthrie, Howard, Jefferson, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Mitchell, Monroe, Warren, Wayne, Winneshiek and Wright counties. Click here for more information on this disaster.


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