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Earthquake Consortium

Earthquake Consortium and State Assistance ECSA
Number: 97.082
Agency: Department of Homeland Security

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
97.082 Earthquake Consortium
Federal Agency (030):
Department of Homeland Security
Authorization (040):
Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977, Public Law 95-124; The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 2004, Public Law 108-360, 42 U.S.C 7701; The Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C 101.
Objectives (050):
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC), Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC), Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), and any eligible State and territories with moderate to high seismic risks as determined by the Program Office in 1) delivering and increasing awareness and education ; 2) developing policies, tools, and products; and 3) implementing programs or projects to support risk reduction and resilience activities from earthquake and other hazards. Below are the Mitigation Mission Area Capability and Preliminary Targets in accordance with the National Preparedness Goals/PPD8: Planning - Conduct a systematic process engaging the whole community as appropriate in the development of executable strategic, operational, and/or community-based approaches to meet defined objectives. 1. Develop approved hazard mitigation plans that address all relevant threats/hazards in accordance with the results of their risk assessment within all states and territories. Public Information and Warning - Deliver coordinated, prompt, reliable, and actionable information to the whole community through the use of clear, consistent, accessible, and culturally and linguistically appropriate methods to effectively relay information regarding any threat or hazard and, as appropriate, the actions being taken and the assistance being made available. 1. Communicate appropriate information, in an accessible manner, on the risks faced within a community after the conduct of a risk assessment. Operational Coordination - Establish and maintain a unified and coordinated operational structure and process that appropriately integrates all critical stakeholders and supports the execution of core capabilities. 1. Establish protocols to integrate mitigation data elements in support of operations within all states and territories and in coordination with Federal agencies. Community Resilience - Lead the integrated effort to recognize, understand, communicate, plan, and address risks so that the community can develop a set of actions to accomplish Mitigation and improve resilience. 1. Maximize the coverage of the U.S. population that has a localized, risk-informed mitigation plan developed through partnerships across the entire community. Long-term Vulnerability Reduction - Build and sustain resilient systems, communities, and critical infrastructure and key resources lifelines so as to reduce their vulnerability to natural, technological, and human-caused incidents by lessening the likelihood, severity, and duration of the adverse consequences related to these incidents. 1. Achieve a measurable decrease in the long-term vulnerability of the Nation against current baselines amid a growing population base and expanding infrastructure base. Risk and Disaster Resilience Assessment - Assess risk and disaster resilience so that decision makers, responders, and community members can take informed action to reduce their entity’s risk and increase their resilience. 1. Ensure that states, territories, and the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) complete a risk assessment that defines localized vulnerabilities and consequences associated with potential natural, technological, and human-caused threats and hazards to their natural, human, physical, cyber, and socioeconomic interests. Threats and Hazard Identification - Identify the threats and hazards that occur in the geographic area; determine the frequency and magnitude; and incorporate this into analysis and planning processes so as to clearly understand the needs of a community or entity. 1. Identify the threats and hazards within and across the states, territories, and the top 100 MSAs, in collaboration with the whole community, against a national standard based on sound science. For additional details on the NPG, please refer to http://www.fema.gov/pdf/prepared/npg.pdf.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
For costs associated with providing guidance, technology transfer, and assistance to States and local communities with earthquake and other hazard mitigation activities. This program is a cooperative agreement, non-competitive, and restricted to certain specialized/qualified organizations designated by FEMA. Funding may only be used for the purpose set forth in the cooperative agreement and must be consistent with the statutory authority for the award. Cooperative agreement funds may not be used for matching funds for other federal grants / cooperative agreements, or for lobbying or intervention in federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. In addition, federal funds may not be used to sue the federal government or any other government entity. Pre-award costs are allowable only with the written consent of DHS/FEMA and such costs must be reflected in the award agreement. All financial and progress reports must be current at the time of application. Refer to program guidance.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support CUSEC, NESEC, WSSPC, CREW, EERI, FLASH, and SCEC, and any eligible State and territories with moderate to high seismic risks as determined by the Program Office in 1) delivering and increasing awareness and education; 2) developing policies, tools, and products; and 3) implementing programs or projects to support risk reduction and resilience activities from earthquake and other hazards.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
CUSEC, NESEC, WSSPC, CREW, EERI, FLASH, and SCEC, and any eligible State and territories with moderate to high seismic risks as determined by the Program Office.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
This cooperative agreement program is restricted only to CUSEC, NESEC, WSSPC, CREW, EERI, FLASH, and SCEC, and any eligible State and territories with moderate to high seismic risks as determined by the Program Office. FEMA grants and cooperative agreements with educational and other non-profit organizations are governed by 2 CFR part 215. The allowability of costs incurred by non-profit organizations is determined in accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR part 230 and the “Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations (OMB Circular A–122. For State assistance, these cooperative agreements are governed by 44 CFR 361 and 44 CFR 13. All required documentations are detailed on this regulations as well as the official Funding Opportunity Announcement released on Grants.gov. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Refer to official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov.
Award Procedure (093):
Refer to official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Refer to official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula:
Matching Requirements: No cost matching requirement for non-profit organizations.

Cost matching is required for State Assistance and varies by year. Refer to 44 CFR 361 or official Funding Opportunity Announcement on Grants.gov.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Indirect costs are allowable only if the applicant has an approved indirect cost rate with the cognizant Federal agency. A copy of the approved rate (a fully executed, agreement negotiated with the applicant’s cognizant federal agency) is required at the time of application. Indirect costs will be evaluated as part of the application for Federal funds to determine if allowable and reasonable. Specifically, grantees should apply the training indirect cost rate (when it is available) or the “offsite” indirect cost rate (when a training rate is not available). The full organized research negotiated rate should not be applied to these training awards. Written exceptions will be made in rare cases upon request and with adequate justification. FEMA will work closely with the grantee to determine the appropriateness of indirect costs for the type of activity and location proposed in the application, in accordance with the negotiated indirect cost rates approved by the grantee’s cognizant federal agency.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Up to 18 Months from Date of Award. Extensions to the period of performance will be considered only through formal requests to FEMA and will only be granted for specific and compelling reasons. All extension requests must be submitted to FEMA at least sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the grant period of performance. Any unobligated funds will be de-obligated at the end of the 90 day close-out period. For more information, refer to the official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Refer to the official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Refer to the official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov. Refer to the official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov. Refer to the official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov. Refer to the official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov. Refer to the official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year. For additional information regarding audit requirements, refer to program guidance.
Records (113):
Cooperative Agreement records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 12 $3,529,533; FY 13 est $2,680,000; and FY 14 est $2,680,000 - Actuals for FY 2012: FLASH 450,000.00;
SCEC $300,000.00; CREW $100,000.00;
CUSEC $550,000.00; EERI $565,000.00;
STATES $1,114,533.93; NESEC 200,000.00; WSSPC $250,000.00;
TOTAL $3,529,533.93 ;Estimates for FY 2013: FLASH $540,000.00; SCEC $300,000.00; CREW $200,000.00; CUSEC; $550,000.00; EERI $590,000.00; NESEC $250,000.00; WSSPC $250,000.00; TOTAL $2,680,000.00; Estimates for FY 2014: FLASH $540,000.00; SCEC $300,000.00; CREW $200,000.00; CUSEC $550,000.00; EERI $590,000.00; NESEC $250,000.00; WSSPC $250,000.00; TOTAL $2,680,000.00;.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Refer to the official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov by year for actual target allocations by program by eligible applicant.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: See http://www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake/index.shtm for program accomplishment report or contact Program Manager as detailed in official Funding Opportunity Announcement on Grants.gov. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
44 C.F.R. Part 361, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Assistance to State and Local Governments, 44 C.F.R. Part 13, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments, 2 C.F.R. Part 215 Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-Profit Organizations, and annual memorandum guidance issued by DHS-FEMA FIMA. Also, refer to the official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov for additional policies.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None. Wendy Phillips
Senior Program Specialist
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program
Building Science Branch, Risk Reduction Division
DHS/FEMA Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA)
1800 South Bell St. Arlington, VA 20598
Phone: (202) 646-2810.
Headquarters Office (152):
Wendy Phillips 1800 South Bell Street, Arlington, Virginia 20598 Phone: 202-646-2810
Website Address (153):
www.FEMA.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Not Applicable.