2012-10-12 / Top Stories

FEMA’s New Community Grant Program

Application Deadline October 26

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder recently announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now accepting applications for their Community Resilience Innovation Challenge Grant Program. This funding is meant to encourage local neighborhood organizations and community partners to collaborate on ideas and find imaginative ways to move community preparedness forward and enhance public resilience. In addition, funding from this grant program will jumpstart communities to develop a shared model to withstand the impacts of any potential disasters and ensure a quick recovery if an incident occurs.

“FEMA’s Community Resilience Innovation Challenge is the perfect opportunity for our neighborhoods and local organizations to work together to find creative ways to prepare for poten tial disasters,” Goldfeder said. “After witnessing the recent impact of the tornado in Breezy Point and Hurricane Irene last year, it is imperative that local organizations apply for this grant in an effort to better prepare for any potential future disaster.”

The Community Resilience Innovation Challenge is provided through the Rockefeller Foundation and FEMA. It will be administered by the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation, which will act as a third-party intermediary to encourage local communities to engage in creative activities that enhance disaster resilience. Funding levels will vary, with maximum awards of $35,000.

The following organizations are eligible for grants and are encouraged to apply:

 Agencies, institutions, business entities, associations, organizations or
groups (public or private sector) operating within the local jurisdiction
where the project will be conducted
are eligible.
 Applications must be complete to be
considered for funding, including all
questions and program/project budget information.

Application Deadline: Postmarked October 26, 2012 or emailed by 11:59 p.m. PDT.

“It is absolutely necessary for communities to prepare and practice emergency operations all year round, especially in our vulnerable areas of Southern Queens and Rockaway.” said Goldfeder. “We must work together to strengthen our community’s resilience and this potential funding could be a crucial tool in keeping our families protected.”

For more information or to apply for this grant visit: http://www.resiliencechallenge.org/application.html or contact Assemblyman Goldfeder’s Office at 718-945-9550 or goldfederp@assembly. state.ny.us

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