First off, a HUGE "thanks" to Bob Glancy over at NOAA for the head's up on this opportunity.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools has recently released the FY 2010 Readiness and Emegency Management for Schools (REMS) grant application. The REMS program provides funds to local educational agencies (LEAs which are typically public school districts) to establish an emergency management process that focuses on reviewing and strengthening emergency management plans, within the framework of the four phases of emergency management (prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery).
The program also provides resources to LEAs to provide training for staff on emergency management procedures and requires that LEAs develop comprehensive all-hazards emergency management plans in collaboration with community partners including local law enforcement, public safety, public health, and mental health agencies and local government.
The REMS grant is a competitive grant program. As emergency managers, you can assist LEAs in your area by alerting them to this resource and sharing your expertise with them in developing their applications. The REMS grant application package may be accessed at http://www.ed.gov/programs/dvpemergencyresponse/applicant.html. The application submission deadline is February 26, 2010. Funds may be requested for up to 24 months.
The estimated average size of the awards are as follows: $150,000 for a small-size LEA (1-20 education faciltiies), $300,000 for a medium-size LEA (21-75 education facilities), and $600,000 for a large-size LEA (76 or more education facilities).
For additional information, contact the REMS Competition Manager, Sara Strizzi via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at (303) 346-0924.