Citizen Corps Grant

What is the aim of the Citizen Corps Grant?

To bring together government and community leaders and involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience. Citizen Corp strives to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. As a means of building law enforcement and community collaboration, Citizen Corp works closely with numerous partner organizations devoted to crime awareness and response, including the Department of Justice, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and Neighborhood Watch programs.

Who are Eligible to Apply for the Citizen Corps Grant?

States are eligible to apply for the assistance under the Citizen Corps Grant. Local governments may receive assistance as subgrantees to the States in which they are located.

How to Apply for the Citizen Corps Grant?

The applicant for the Citizen Corps Grant must clearly demonstrate the ability to conduct the necessary research, facilitate at least three focus group sessions, organize and manage the collection of information, evaluate information, and systematically develop a vetted strategy that can be utilized in communities across the nation.

Documentation: Applicants or grantees may be required to supply documentation certifying that a reduction in non-Federal resources occurred for reasons other than the receipt of expected receipt of Federal funds (non-supplanting requirement).

Where to Apply for the Citizen Corps Grant?

Applications for this supplemental funding must be submitted using the Office of Justice Programs Grants Management System (GMS). To access GMS, go to For complete information on all required forms, attachments, submission instructions / requirements, deadlines, and other procedural information, please refer to program guidance.

For more information on the Citizen Corps Grant, contact:

Headquarters Office
Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, 500 C St SW, Techworld Control Desk
4th Floor, Room 427, Washington, District of Columbia 20472
Phone: (202) 646-3640
Web Site Address:

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