BOLDplanning, a division of Agility, recently learned that FEMA released the funding notice for the Fiscal Year 2023 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP). It provides $12 million to eligible states and local governments to close known preparedness capability gaps, encourage innovative regional solutions to issues related to catastrophic incidents, and build on existing regional preparedness efforts.
The RCPGP program, as explained by the federal agency, plays an important role in implementing the National Preparedness System. It supports the building of core capabilities essential to addressing the most significant risks to the nation and achieving the National Preparedness Goal. As a reminder, these five core capabilities are:
- Prevention – Prevent, avoid, or stop an imminent, threatened, or actual act of terrorism.
- Protection – Protect our citizens, residents, visitors, and assets against the greatest threats and hazards in a manner that allows our interests, aspirations, and way of life to thrive.
- Mitigation – Reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters.
- Response – Respond quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after a catastrophic incident.
- Recovery – Recover through a focus on the timely restoration, strengthening, and revitalization of infrastructure, housing, and a sustainable economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historical, and environmental fabric of communities affected by a catastrophic incident.
The program also supports 32 activities, aka “core capabilities,” that pertain to planning, public information and warning, threats and hazards identification, community resilience, and more.
Fiscal year 2023 RCPGP awards will be made on a competitive basis to applicants who present an ability to successfully meet the requirements described in the funding notice.
The application period will remain open until 5 p.m. ET on July 24. Submissions must be made through Grants.gov. The Notice of Funding Opportunity is available on Grants.gov and FEMA.gov.