June 7, 2023
Brittany Dover
(850) 556-9799

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Volunteer Florida is proud to announce the availability of FY 2023-2024 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)/Citizen Corps Program funding and anticipates awarding up to $100,000 in subgrants. Through the CERT and Citizen Corps Programs, individuals learn basic disaster skills, which allows them to provide critical support to their communities during and after emergencies and disasters. The programs also help communities become safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to emergencies through education and training. Eligible organizations interested in applying for one or both of these programs should respond to the request for proposals by Thursday, August 3, 5:00 pm (ET).

Volunteer Florida administers Florida’s CERT/Citizen Corps program with funding provided by Volunteer Florida through the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Program. Eligible applicants include local units of government, counties, and cities within the State of Florida, Fire Tax Districts, other tax districts, regional planning councils, state-supported community colleges, colleges and universities, and federally recognized tribes or nations within the State of Florida. Although 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are not directly eligible, local jurisdictions can subcontract with 501(c)3 organizations to perform these functions.Please click here to learn more about these programs and view the request for proposal and application instructions.


In 1994, Volunteer Florida was established in Florida Statutes to manage national service programs and advocate for volunteerism throughout the Sunshine State. Since then, Volunteer Florida has evolved to serve as the state’s lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters, including managing the Florida Disaster Fund. After 25+ years, Volunteer Florida remains committed to promoting volunteerism in Florida, specifically through the official volunteer opportunities platform, Volunteer Connect, in fall 2019. Through our work, Volunteer Florida delivers high-impact volunteer programs and opportunities that engage Floridians, transform communities and make the state a better place to live. For more information, please visit