The Citizen Corps mission is to actively involve all citizens in hometown security through personal preparedness, training, exercises, and volunteer service; and provides a structured opportunity for citizens to augment local emergency response activities. The Citizen Corps funding will be used to support not only the mission of the Citizen Corps Council, but the five sub-programs as well, which include: Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Neighborhood Watch/USAonWatch, and Fire Corps.
The Fiscal Year 2012 (FY 11) Citizen Corps Funds Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act includes provisions for providing funding assistance to states and local governments to support Citizen Corps Council efforts to engage citizens in all-hazards prevention, protection, response, and recovery. All state and local homeland security funds, including Citizen Corps, are distributed through the Office of Grants and Training (G&T), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The grant will be administered by Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), which serves as the State Administrative Agency (SAA). GEMA has been designated to assist and support local Citizen Corps activities and training. The Citizen Corps program is part of the State Homeland Security Grant Program.
This program supports the four mission areas of the National Preparedness Goal, which are to prevent, protect, respond, and recover.
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The FY2012 Citizen Corps Grant has been closed.
All submitted grants are currently under review.