Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)

Plan For & Respond To Chemical Warfare Materials Incidents

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Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

Grant Assistance Available for CSEPP State And Local Communities

The goal of the program is to assist CSEPP state and local communities in efforts to improve their capacity to plan for and respond to accidents associated with the storage and ultimate disposal of chemical warfare materials. State CSEPP sites include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Utah, and Oregon/Washington.

What this grant does for your agency

Enhance Your Ability To Respond To The Unlikely Event Of A Chemical Agent Emergency

CSEPP communities have been nationally recognized for their ability to respond to emergencies of all kinds. Many of the lessons learned in CSEPP are used in industry, and CSEPP enjoys partnerships with other public safety organizations to ensure that the knowledge gained through prudent use of taxpayer dollars has the greatest benefit for the most people. CSEPP has provided funding and technical assistance to:

  • Improve public warning capabilities
  • Build and upgrade state-of-the-art emergency operations centers
  • Train emergency managers and first responders
  • Hold functional exercises that improve readiness
  • Increase public knowledge and understanding of protective actions
  • Over-pressurize schools to ensure the safety of children
  • Study emergency response options to determine the best way to protect communities
  • Train doctors and nurses to treat victims of chemical agent exposure

Grant Eligibility

Applications are accepted from the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The eligible states house the U.S. Army stockpiles unitary chemical warfare agent as bulk chemicals and munitions. Local governments are eligible to participate as subgrantees under their state’s application. See Grant Eligibility Criteria:


CSEPP is a partnership between FEMA and the U.S. Army that is designed to provide community education and emergency preparedness resources in the event of a chemical agent emergency.

Grant Deadline

Varies. Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Apply for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) – PDF