Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)

The EMPG Program provides states with federal funds to sustain and enhance all-hazards emergency management capabilities. North Carolina uses EMPG to enhance its ability and to help counties support emergency management activities while simultaneously addressing issues of national concern as identified in the National Priorities of the National Preparedness Guidelines. A statewide comprehensive emergency management program begins at the local level; that is why NCEM coordinates EMPG activities through its 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Eligibility: Each of the 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is eligible to apply for EMPG funding.

Total Funding: EMPG Program funding is dependent upon the federal availability of funds and the total funding varies from year to year. EMPG has a 50 percent federal and 50 percent state cost-share cash or in-kind match requirement. The in-kind match is also a requirement of the states EMPG sub-grants to its counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

North Carolina's EMPG program provides opportunities to apply for baseline and supplemental funding. In an effort to align efforts between the State and local emergency management, specific programmatic deliverables are identified and agreed to by both parties. To be eligible for baseline funding, applicants must agree to complete certain universal programmatic deliverables during a specified period of performance. To be eligible for EMPG supplemental funding, applicants must have applied for baseline funding and agreed to complete at least one optional program activity during the specified period of performance.

Key changes for Fiscal Year 2020:  The Fiscal Year 2020 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program reinforces the authority of the FEMA regions to ensure that regional priorities are being addressed through EMPG. These authorities include:

  • FEMA Regional Administrators will approve the EMPG workplans for each states
  • States and territories will be expected to work directly with the Regions during workplan development
  • Grant funds will be held until the final workplan is approved.