State Emergency Management Projects

​​Program Guide

The State Emergency Management Projects (SEMP) program provides funding for projects of state significance which contribute to the priorities of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience. This program is funded by the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments through the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.

Funding is available for projects which:

  • Reduce risk from the impact of disasters, and/or
  • Enhance emergency management capability on a state-wide basis.

Projects must be additional to the regular activities of agencies and could include research and development, pilot projects, state exercises, evaluations, capability building.

The preference is to fund projects up to 12 months in length. Where a project cannot be completed in that time consideration will be given to projects of up to two years.

SEMP has a limited budget and not all applications can be funded.

A maximum of four applications may be submitted by any one agency.

The State Emergency Management Committee has identified priority areas for funding in NSW:

  • Emergency Volunteering - building capability and capacity.
  • Emergency risk management, mitigation and measurement across the Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery spectrum.
  • Building resilience through community engagement.
  • Enhancing EM capability through continuous improvement and an evidence based approach.
  • Effectively communicating across the EM sector and with the community.

Who can app​ly

  • State government agencies with emergency management responsibilities
  • Non-government organisations with state-wide emergency management responsibilities
  • Research institutions.

Non-government organisations and research institutions must gain endorsement for the proposal from a government agency with emergency management responsibilities on the endorsement form provided.

Selection c​​​riteria

Projects must:

  1. ​​Address one or more of the priority outcomes of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience which are to:
    • lead change and coordinate effort
    • understand risks
    • communicate with and educate people about risks
    • partner with those who effect change
    • empower individuals and communities to exercise choice and take responsibility
    • reduce risks in the built environment, and 
    • support capabilities for disaster resilience.

  1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Address a significant state capability gap or need.
  2. Deliver a state-wide benefit to the emergency management sector.

Applications need to:

  • Show achievable milestones: steps in the process with adequate time and resources.
  • Present an economical budget providing value for money.
  • Include a plan for evaluation of the project.

Preference will be given to projects that:​

  • Address more than one hazard type
  • Demonstrate benefits from collaboration with project partners
  • Consider strategic priorities of the NSW State Natural Disaster Risk Assessment 2011:
    • review community awareness and engagement programs
    • strengthen infrastructure capability and capacity
    • improve intra-sector operations
    • enhance capability
    • improve information sharing and knowledge management, and 
    • tighten governance arrangements.

Activities not funded

  • Day to day activities - regular activities of the organisation, maintenance of assets including website and IT platforms and the purchase of operational equipment.
  • Retrospective activities - work already undertaken or that will commence before the funding decision is made.
  • Recurrent funding - activities that require ongoing program funding.
  • Commercial benefit - activities that provide a financial or other benefit to a private entity, or produce commercial outputs.

Grants approved in p​revious rounds

NSW Approved projects for the State Emergency Management Projects Program 2015/17
NSW Approved projects for the State Emergency Management Projects Program 2014/15 
NSW Approved Projects for the State Emergency Management Projects Program 2013/14

Conditions of ​​funding

After grants are offered applicants may be required to provide further detail to the budget or work plan before an agreement is signed.

The funding agreement is based on the information contained in the application, including any additional information provided. Grant recipients will provide quarterly progress reports and a final report of the project.

Failure to provide reports may affect an organisation's eligibility for future funding through the Natural Disaster Resilience Program. Funding is paid in two to three instalments depending on the project value. Any unspent monies must be returned to the Office of Emergency Management.

Further assista​nce

See full details of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program or contact the Grants Unit on (02) 9212 9252 or

Department of Justice 
Office of Emergency Management 
GPO Box 5434, Sydney NSW 2001