DHS Announces Funding Opportunity under Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program
The regional interdependencies of effective Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery activities require a cohesive regional approach to catastrophic planning. The purpose of the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) is to build state and local capacity to manage catastrophic incidents by improving and expanding regional collaboration for catastrophic incident preparedness.
The objective of RCPGP is to close known capability gaps, encourage innovative regional solutions to issues related to catastrophic incidents, and build on existing regional efforts.
The Department of Homeland Security has published announcements of RCPGP fund availability for its respective regions today. DHS plans to invest $100,000 in 15 projects. All can be accessed on www.grants.gov by selecting "catastrophe" as the search term. Applications are due by July 8.
DHS notes: "Preparedness is the shared responsibility of our entire nation and requires an approach that engages individuals, families, communities, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of government across the whole community. The National Preparedness System is the instrument the nation employs to build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities needed to achieve the goal of a more secure and resilient nation. Each community contributes to achieving the national goal by addressing the risks that are most relevant and urgent for them individually, which in turn strengthens the collective security and resilience of the nation."
RCPGP applicants are encouraged to develop projects that build a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, and exercising with regional partners across the whole community to improve their collective readiness posture.
This program is intended to be regional in nature and benefit multiple States.
Federal Transit Administration Announces Access and Mobility Partnership Grant Awards
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced project selections totaling approximately $9.6 million to 37 projects led by transit agencies, governmental authorities and nonprofit organizations to support innovative transportation solutions to expand access to health care.
FTA's Access and Mobility Partnership Grants focus on transportation and technology solutions to reach medical appointments, access healthy food and improve paratransit services. The program emphasizes better coordination between health care providers and transit agencies, as well as technology improvements such as mobility-on-demand shared transportation services and smart phone apps for booking services.
The selected projects reduce barriers to critical healthcare in rural America, increase access to substance abuse treatment in response to the opioid crisis and add new technologies to increase paratransit program efficiencies, among other solutions.