There are several factors to consider when evaluating the long-term scope of the program. Of course, finances are one of those factors. The Citizen Corps Program (CCP) federal funds are intended as seed money to initiate programs, with the expectation that the maintenance will be owned locally. It is helpful, then, to consider what the program will look like in the long run, what resources it will take to achieve that, and what funding streams are available.

The intent of the program also needs to be considered. A program that is educationally oriented will require less maintenance and resources to sustain than one that is response based. To have a response organization, a volunteer database of some sort will need to be created and maintained. It also means that the volunteers need to be engaged in an on-going basis with continuing education and exercises. This requires additional planning and materials. Program Resources may be of use and reduce planning time and efforts.