Public Health Crisis Response NOFO

Men in a boat responding to a crisis

CDC released the first Public Health Crisis Response notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) (CDC-RFA-TP18-1802) on October 11, 2017. This new funding mechanism enables CDC to more quickly award funds to state, local, tribal, and territorial public health agencies in the event of a public health emergency. Previous emergency experience has demonstrated the impact that initial funding and immediate response can have in mitigating negative health outcomes. CDC’s new funding approach allows the agency to expedite funding through the establishment of a corresponding “approved but unfunded” (ABU) list. This ABU list is established from the eligible health departments with pre-existing emergency management programs that submit timely and responsive applications.

  • CDC will activate this funding mechanism when it makes a determination that a public health emergency has occurred or is imminent and funding is available. CDC will determine which health departments on the ABU list need to be funded, which could include all of them or only a subset. CDC will consider factors such as the nature of the specific emergency, disease burden (if appropriate), geographic location, health impact, and national priorities, among other factors.
  • Eligible Applicants: 50 states; five U.S. territories and three freely associated states;  six localities: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles County, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.; and federally recognized tribal governments that meet the NOFO requirements and serve, through their own public health infrastructures, at least 50,000 people.

Approved but Unfunded: CDC reviewed all 64 applications submitted in December from the 50 states, six large metropolitan areas, and eight U.S. territories and freely associated states. All that applied were deemed eligible through the Office of Grants Services’ eligibility review and the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response’s (OPHPR) objective review process. In February 2018, CDC notified the jurisdictions that they are on CDC’s approved but unfunded (ABU) list of jurisdictions. This means CDC will consider these 64 jurisdictions for future funding if an emergency occurs and funding becomes available.

  • CDC will update the Public Health Crisis Response NOFO and ABU list annually. In October 2018, CDC released the fiscal year 2019 NOFO, which primarily clarified FY 2018 requirements.

Crisis NOFO Fast Factspdf icon, October 13, 2017


  • CDC’s Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) manages the initial response component. Longer-term, crisis-specific response activities are supported by various CDC programs. The DSLR Crisis Cooperative Agreement Coordination Team serves as project officers for awards funded through the NOFO. They can be reached at

Available Funding Opportunities

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