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The Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) has released the grant application and the approved equipment for FY 08. CEDAP is sponsored by the National Preparedness Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It complements other major grant programs by providing technology and equipment, together with training and technical assistance required to operate that equipment, to public safety agencies in smaller jurisdictions and certain metropolitan areas.

Applications may be submitted via the Responder Knowledge Base ( Links are available on the Responder Knowledge Base home page for general program information as well as initiation of applications. A sample application in PDF format is also available. However, actual applications must be submitted on line. Applications will be accepted until 1700EDT on Monday, June 30th. Questions regarding the CEDAP program should be referred to the Centralized Scheduling & Information Desk (CSID) at 800-368-6498.

CEDAP Helpful Hints
Question 21: Try to make the connection to the Target Capability to the capabilities of the equipment requested as clear as possible. Also, make sure to mention how this equipment will help serve you in a Terrorism incident, as well as referring to all hazard types of incidents.

Question 22: When describing the daily use of the equipment, be sure to include how it would assist in a possible Terrorism incident. Make sure to mention critical infrastructure/key assets previously mentioned in the application, which could be crippled by a terrorist incident.

Don’t forget that for each city or town, all agencies or departments can apply for the CEDAP Grant. Please utilize this grant opportunity so that we can put valuable equipment into our state’s responders’ hands.