Public Safety Grant News 2016


NIMS Alert 01-16: FEMA Releases the National Planning System Description


Feb. 3, 2016 - Planning is fundamental for our national preparedness. We use planning to engage the whole community in the development of executable strategic, operational, and tactical approaches to meet defined objectives.


The National Planning System provides a unified approach and common terminology to plan for all-threats and hazards and across all mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. In addition, a shared understanding of the types and levels of planning will enable the whole community to think through potential crises, determine capability requirements and address the collective risk identified during the risk assessment process.


This document contains an overview of the National Planning System and includes:


  • The Planning Architecture, which describes the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of planning and planning integration; and
  • The Planning Process, which describes the steps necessary to develop a comprehensive plan, from forming a team to implementing the plan.


The current homeland security environment is complex and involves an increasing number and type of partners who must work together to meet preparedness objectives. The National Planning System enables a consistent approach to planning across multiple organizations, facilitating better collaboration, situational awareness, and unity of effort while remaining flexible and adaptable to changing conditions. The architecture and process contained in the National Planning System integrates elements of the entire National Preparedness System.


The whole community – individuals and families, including those with access and functional needs; businesses and nonprofits; schools; media; and all levels of government – is encouraged to participate in the planning process.


To learn more about the National Planning System, please visit



AFG: Finalize and Submit Your FY2015 Application Now


FEMA Fire Grant News


Jan. 8, 2016 - The Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) application period will close on Friday, January 15. Applications must be received no later than at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. No exceptions will be made for submissions after 5 p.m. EST, so submit your application on time.


Complete your application today at


Closeout Report Reminder


If you are currently applying for a FY 2015 Assistance to Firefighters grant and have an overdue closeout report due from a previous grant, and the closeout module is available, the review of your FY 2015 application will be set aside until you have submitted the delinquent closeout report. Closeout modules are available for the following years and programs:


  • Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program: 2002-2012
  • Fire Prevention and Safety: 2002-2012
  • Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response: 2005-2011 (2005-2008 done on paper)
  • If you have questions regarding the closeout process, please review the closeout tutorial ( or contact the AFG Help Desk below.


Web Browser Reminders


For best results, use Internet Explorer when completing your online AFG application. Alternate browsers, such as Firefox and Safari, may have limited functionality in the application.


Avoid opening multiple web browsers or multiple windows when completing and submitting your AFG application; this has caused technical problems for some users.


Internet explorer settings, please do the following before logging into the site:


  • Click on tools, and then click on Internet Options.
  • Under the General tab click on the settings button under browsing history.
  • Make sure it is set to "Check for newer versions of stored pages. (update to) every time you visit the page."
  • Then click the "delete" button and delete your temporary internet files, cookies, history and form data.
  • Then close and click ok. Then close and click ok. Close the browser and any other open browsers then open up a new one.
  • If you must use Firefox in order to make the right choice from the dropdown, you will need to use your up and down arrow key on your keyboard instead of your mouse to make the selection. Once you have chosen using your up and down key, then press enter.



FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Now Open for Applications


Fire and EMS Grant News - First Responder Grants


Dec. 7, 2015 - On Dec. 7, 2015, the FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) opened for applications. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016. See our AFG profile for more information



AFG Application Period for FY 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Announced


Public Safety Grant News - FEMA


The FY 2015 AFG application period will open on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 8 am EST and will close on January 15, 2016 at 5 PM EST. Application assistance tools are available. Begin your application now by utilizing the application assistance tools available below.


FY 2015 Assistance to Firefighter (AFG) Application Assistance Tools


  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – Available Now
  • Application Workshop Schedule
  • Workshop Presentation
  • AFG Get Ready Guides: Get Ready Guide - AFG Narrative, and Get Ready Guide - Grant Application
  • AFG Self-Evaluation Assistance: Operations & Safety, and Vehicle Acquisition
  • AFG Application Checklist
  • AFG Cost Share Calculator


FY 2015 AFG Funding Opportunity Announcement (NOFO) Available Now


It is important to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) thoroughly. The NOFO contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.


You can now view the FY 2015 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)