Each year, the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) receives an allocation of funding from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Office of Grants and Research (OGR). The goal of this grant funding is to improve the capability for the 85 municipalities in the Northeast Region to prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other public safety emergencies.
As part of NERAC’s strategic budgeting process, the Council invites regional stakeholders to submit project requests at the beginning of each grant cycle. Budget plans are then set for that year’s funding, but occasionally funding becomes available for NERAC to re-allocate between grant cycles. Therefore, stakeholders may submit project requests to NERAC and its Committees for consideration at any time by submitting a NERAC Project Request Form, though there is no guarantee that funding will be available or that NERAC will vote to fund the request.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) serves as the fiduciary for NERAC funding, and therefore will handle all procurement and financial processes for NERAC funded projects. MAPC will work closely with stakeholders to ensure project outcomes will meet their needs, but funds will not be directly given to those with approved projects.
Backfill/overtime reimbursements can be provided through NERAC for pre-approved trainings and exercises. To be eligible for backfill/overtime reimbursement, approval must be obtained through the Project Request Process described above prior to the training or exercise taking place.
Per NERAC policy, backfill/overtime reimbursements are capped at $35/hour per participant, up to a maximum of 8 hours per day for overtime and 10 hours per day for backfill. Select municipal instructors may request full backfill/overtime reimbursement within the same timeframes. These policies allow NERAC to provide training and exercise opportunities to a greater number of participants.
All reimbursement requests must be submitted to NERAC-BFOT@mapc.org on the appropriate Backfill/Overtime Reimbursement form (below).