CNCS Disaster Response Cooperative Agreement

The Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) Disaster Response Cooperative Agreement (DRCA) is an initiative through which national service programs provide support to communities affected by disaster and are reimbursed for expenses in times of disasters.

Programs that hold a DRCA
are part of the CNCS AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) Program, a national service disaster focused program.

Only programs with an executed Disaster Response Cooperative Agreement will be eligible for deployment and reimbursement of expenses.

Through the A-DRT Program, CNCS establishes cooperative agreements with eligible organizations that can provide national service participants to support disaster response.

Organizations that want to be part of the CNCS A-DRT Program must be CNCS grantees and sub-grantees, to include AmeriCorps State, Senior Corps, State Service Commissions, and AmeriCorps National Direct.

Only programs with an executed Disaster Response Cooperative Agreement will be eligible for deployment and reimbursement of expenses.

Agency - Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation's largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Nearly 1,000 members from twelve A-DRT programs deployed to support volunteer/donations management and direct support to survivors in five federally declared disasters. Fiscal Year 2017: Not available at this time. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

These agreements will allow reimbursement of approved disaster-related expenses for existing CNCS grantees deployed by CNCS to disaster impacted areas.

Allowable expenses are detailed in the agreement.

Expenses must be approved prior to deployment on the CNCS Disaster Budget and Deployment Form.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

See application instructions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

See application instructions.


Various records and forms required for first time applicants and a copy of the applicant's last audit may be requested. Applicants will need proof of liability coverage. First time applicants must certify financial systems. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Eligible organizations include the following groups: CNCS subgrantees: AmeriCorps State, Senior Corps programs (including youth corps, local volunteer and service programs, etc.) with the capacity to deploy and support national service participants to impacted areas to provide disaster service functions. State Service Commissions and AmeriCorps National Direct Grantees: These organizations administer, support, represent and/or coordinate networks of national service programs.

AmeriCorps National Direct grantees will deploy AmeriCorps members currently assigned to their program to provide disaster service functions, while State Service Commissions can utilize their networks to engage other national service participants in disaster response activities.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) also apply to for-profit entities.

Award Procedures

Awards are given as a reimbursement for approved, actual disaster related costs. If an organization is not deployed on a disaster, no award is given.


Not Applicable.


Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), Public Law 100-707, 42 U.S.C 5121-5208; National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended., Public Law 101-610.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Rolling application process.


CNCS does not offer an appeals process.


Agreements are renewed every three years. Agreements are dependent on base grants. If the base grant is terminated, so is the agreement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Reimbursement is provided per deployment for actual costs incurred. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Daily reporting on progress and accomplishments are required when programs are deployed on a disaster.

A deployment reimbursement form must be completed and submitted to claim reimbursement.

Performance monitoring is incorporated into base grant performance monitoring requirements.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. CNCS grants are subject to audit by CNCS employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by the CNCS.


Grantees must maintain documentation for all reimbursable expenses.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Variable depending on levels of disaster activity across the country.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Guidelines provided in cooperative agreement language, application instructions, and CNCS guidance.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Kelly DeGraff 250 E Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20525 Email: Phone: 202-606-6817

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria outlined in Cooperative Agreement application.

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