Responder Knowledge Base

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First responder organizations and the communities they service have benefitted tremendously from grant awards. Grant funding has enabled law enforcement, firefighters, and other responders to purchase equipment and provide training, among other things.
First responders can find a comprehensive list of grant opportunities at the Responder Knowledge Base (RKB) Website. To increase awareness of the variety of grants that are available, RKB improved how it organizes grants on the site. More than 65 current grant opportunities and 100 archived grants can be found there. First responder grants are offered by federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as non-profit groups and other organizations. To assist in the search, RKB users have the option to determine which grant types are most suitable to their agencies. The site categorizes grants into "FEMA Preparedness Grants" and "Other Grants" modules, both of which can be accessed by clicking on gray buttons at the top of the RKB homepage.
The FEMA Preparedness Grants module was created as a separate category last year to house grants geared toward increasing safety and supporting communities. Among other elements, it contains the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP). The HSGP comprises five sub-programs: the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), Operation Stonegarden (OPSG), the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), and the Citizen Corps Program (CCP). These programs provide responders with funds to develop capabilities at the state and local level in order to implement homeland security strategies.
Other grants found in the module include those from the Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP), the Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG), the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSG), the Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP), and the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP).
Also found in the FEMA Grants Preparedness Module is the Authorized Equipment List  (AEL), which details the equipment types that can be purchased with specific grant funds. More information on the AEL can be found in the April 2008 issue of the R-Tech newsletter.
The Other Grants Module houses a variety of grants from numerous sources. For example, grants from DOJ, specifically those offered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), provide opportunities that assist local criminal justice programs designed to reduce and prevent crime, violence, and drug abuse. BJA grants presented on the RKB Website include grants from the Intellectual Property Enforcement Program and the National Justice Information Sharing Initiative. NIJ grants posted on RKB include the Developing and Evaluating Location-based Information Systems for Offender Supervision grant, the Forensic Science Training Development and Delivery Program grant, and the Research and Evaluation on Human Trafficking grant.
Grants supported by the EPA are specifically geared towards federally recognized tribes, states, or regions. They are intended to help with prevention program outreach, emergency coordination, and chemical accident prevention, preparedness, and response. EPA grant solicitations include the Region 7 Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Technical Assistance grant, the State and Tribal Response Program grant, and the Hazardous Waste Management Grant Program for Tribes.
RKB itself does not oversee or provide funding for the grants, but it serves as a repository that provides links to the appropriate grant sources. All grants can be retrieved from RKB by visiting the home page and clicking on either the FEMA Preparedness Grants and AEL tab or the Other Grants tab. For more information, e-mail RKB at or call 1-877-FEMA-RKB (1-877-336-2752).
Equipment Eligible for Purchase Using FEMA Grants
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Explosive Device Mitigation & Remediation Equipment
  • CBRNE Operational Search & Rescue Equipment
  • Information Technology
  • Cyber Security Enhancement Equipment
  • Interoperable Communications Equipment
  • Detection Equipment
  • Decontamination Equipment
  • Medical Equipment
  • Power Equipment
  • CBRNE Reference Materials
  • CBRNE Incident Vehicles
  • Terrorism Incident Prevention Equipment
  • Physical Security Enhancement Equipment
  • Inspection & Screening Systems
  • Agriculture Terrorism Prevention, Response & Mitigation Equipment
  • CBRNE Prevention & Response Watercraft
  • CBRNE Aviation Equipment
  • CBRNE Logistical Support Equipment
  • Intervention Equipment
  • Other Authorized Equipment