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Grants and Funding

There are numerous grants and funding opportunities available to support Emergency Management and Responder programs. The majority of these are competetive, merit-based federal programs designed to enhance the ability of jurisdictions and agencies to prepare for, protect and mitigate against, respond to and recover from natural, man-made or technological hazards.

To receive funding support for most  DHS/FEMA grant programs, applicants must be NIMS-compliant.

Note: Many grant funded project proposals must now complete an Environmental and Historical Preservation Screening. This does not apply to exercise and training support or mobile equipment.  For more information or EHP review assistance, contact the EMA office.

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP).   As funding under this program reduces, the model for award distribution has also changed.  As a sub-grantee of the state, Knox County is being provided a specified funding level for proposals meeting local needs which are aligned with Maine homeland security strategies.  Competition for awards will occur now at the county level as necessary for proposals received.  Awards are provided to sub-grantees through reimbursement of actual approved program expenses paid.  Equipment requested must appear on the federal Authorized Equipment List (AEL). To access the HSGP AEL, click on this link.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  The main purpose of this highly competetive program is to increase "disaster resiliency" of public infrastructure. Funding is provided on a 75/25 basis for approved projects.  Applicant jurisdictions must have formally adopted the current FEMA approved County Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Is our proposed mitigation project eligible for HMGP funding?  Click this link for the current project eligibility job aid.

UPDATED! Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The purpose of AFG is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters regarding fire and fire-related hazards. Fire departments or nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 50 states are eligible for funding.  See program guidance documents here

Contact EMA 301 Park St  Rockland, ME  04841  Tel (207)594-5155

Last updated 5/9/2022

Pooled Radio Purchasing

The statewide pooled purchase managed by Knox EMA leveraged local municipal investment, competetive grant awards and pooled discount pricing to provide an essential equipment cost avoidance of approximately $260,000 for the 13 participating Maine Counties.

Knox County agencies benefit from an essential-equipment cost avoidance of approximately $53,900 under the most recent pooled buy. Three consecutive years of pooled communications equipment purchases brings Knox County municipal communications equipment cost avoidance to approximately $160,000.