Program Description

The Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005 authorizes DOT to provide assistance to public sector employees through training and planning grants to States, Territories, and federally recognized Native American Tribes for emergency response. The purpose of this grant program is to increase State, Territorial, Tribal, and local effectiveness in safely and efficiently handling hazardous materials incidents, enhance implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), and encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations. The HMEP program is authorized under 49 United States Code (U.S.C.) § 5116 and is governed by program regulations at 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 110 and Federal grants administration regulations, now organized at 2 CFR Part 200.

General Program Requirements

The HMEP Grant Program is open to States, Territories and federally recognized Native American Tribes. States and Territories are defined at 49 U.S. Code § 5116 as a State of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and any other territory or possession of the United States designated by the Secretary. Additional statutory requirements for eligibility are listed below. During the application review process, PHMSA reserves the right to request missing eligibility documents to ensure applicants are eligible to receive an award. Applications missing required eligibility documents by application deadline may run the risk of losing consideration for funding.

The following describes eligibility requirements for the FY15 HMEP Grant Program:

  1. Training and planning grant applications from a State, Territory or Tribal organization must be accompanied by a letter from the Governor or Tribal Authority designating an entity to receive Federal funds. DOT encourages the designated entity to obtain substantive knowledge of the status of training and planning under EPCRA, and familiarity with State, Tribal or local emergency preparedness and response capabilities and training needs.
  2. Applicants are required to submit a statement that all members of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) or Tribal Emergency Response Commission (TERC) have been given an opportunity to review the grant application.
  3. To be approved for a planning grant, a State or Territory must agree that it is complying with Sections 301 and 303 of EPCRA.
  4. With respect to Section 301, the applicant must confirm that a SERC/TERC has been established, emergency planning districts have been designated, and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) have been appointed by the SERC/TERC.
  5. The applicant must agree that the aggregate expenditure of funds (as defined by the State or Territory), exclusive of Federal funding, for planning activities will not fall below its average expenditure for its last 5 fiscal years.
  6. The State or Territory must agree to make available to LEPCs at least 75% of the Federal planning grant funds provided.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

PHMSA requires applicants for this funding opportunity announcement to apply electronically through Applicants must download the application package associated with this funding opportunity following the directions provided at

Program Contact Information

Lisa O'Donnell
Chief, Grants and Registration Division

Additional Information

Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)500
Length of ProgramAnnual funding
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo

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