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FEMA Grants Management Modernization Cloud Migration Case Study

Karsun Solutions cloud modernization experts enable the safe transition away from expensive legacy technologies. As an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Consulting Partner, we leverage the AWS catalog as a key component in these cloud solutions. In this case study series, the Karsun Solutions Cloud Practice shares recent cloud migration success stories.

About the Customer

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Management Modernization (GMM) program owns and operates the GMM Streamlined Platform for Agile Release and Transformation Acceleration (SPARTA) system. Through the development and deployment of the GMM SPARTA system, GMM seeks to streamline grants management across the Agency’s 40-plus grant programs through a user-centered, business-driven approach.  “Grants” are the principal funding mechanism FEMA uses to commit and award federal funding to eligible State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, certain private non-profits, individuals and institutions of higher learning.

About Karsun Solutions FEMA GMM Program

Karsun Solutions provides cloud migration technical expertise and develops innovative products and services to solve complex challenges facing FEMA. This includes a wide range of activities such as quality management and planning, enterprise data management, solution and enterprise architecture, information delivery, application development, testing, and sustainment efforts across the FEMA portfolio.

Key Challenge

FEMA manages over 40+ active grants programs that were developed independently. Enhancements and/or updates to these programs were not coordinated and FEMA was incurring high sustainment costs. FEMA Grants Management Modernization (GMM) had a business imperative to integrate 40+ active grants programs into a single grants platform that would deliver the full grant lifecycle management and establishment of common business practices and processes.


The FEMA GO system was developed and delivered on the AWS cloud to onboard multiple grants programs to the common platform. This system was delivered on the AWS cloud with configurable microservices and components for each grants program.

Results and Benefits 

Multiple grants applications under the Assistance for Firefighter Grants (AFG) Program were rolled out into the new FEMA GO system with full grant lifecycle support. Reduced system footprint led to lower Operation & Maintenance costs

Technologies Utilized

  • AWS Services  - EC2, S3, RDS-Postgres, ELB, ALB, CloudWatch, Cloud Search, DynamoDB, Lambda Functions
  • Third Party Services- Jenkins, Ansible, Artifactory, OpenShift