Public Safety Grant News 2016

 

Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Cost Share Guide

 

FEMA Grant News

 

May 25, 2016 – FEMA has developed a Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guide for Applicants and Subapplicants applying for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA).

 

The Cost Share Guide compliments the HMA Guidance by providing an overview of the cost share requirements for each program and examples of various approaches for cost share strategies, such as donated resources, for the non-Federal cost share.

 

The Cost Share Guide is available from the FEMA website: Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guide.

 

 

Scholarships to Attend the IACP 2016 Conference

 

Apply for a Professional Development Opportunity for Mid-Rank Law Enforcement Officers

 

May 20, 2016 – NIJ has partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to offer 10 merit-based scholarships for mid-rank law enforcement officers to attend the 2016 IACP Annual Conference and Expo in San Diego, California, as part of the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) program.

 

Selected officers will have access to exclusive education and networking opportunities in addition to full access to conference workshops and other related activities, including:

 

  • NIJ Saturday Session, "What Works and What Matters in Policing"
  • Participation in the IACP Research Advisory Committee meeting
  • Private roundtable events with IACP and NIJ leadership to discuss priorities in policing research
  • Orientation dinner with incoming and current scholars, NIJ, and IACP personnel
  • Attendance at the IACP Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Awards banquet

 

Application deadline: July 1, 2016

 

Learn more and apply.

 

Watch a brief video about the LEADS program.

 

 

3 First Responder Grants Clients Win Round 3 AFG Fire Grants

 

Fire Grant News - First Responder Grants

 

May 20, 2016 – Of the 277 Round 3 FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) winners announced May 20, 2016, three were First Responder Grants clients:

 

  • The Lyndon Fire Protection District of Louisville, Kentucky received an $11,637 Operations and Safety Equipment fire grant for training props.
  • The Atwater Fire Department in Ohio received a $34,286 Operations and Safety Equipment fire grant for an SCBA compressor.
  • The Hillsboro Fire Protection District in Missouri received a $102,858 Vehicle Acquisition fire grant toward a brush truck.

 

Congratulations to all the winners! See all FY2015 AFG fire grant awards

 

 

$42,062,561 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 3 FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

 

Fire Grant News - First Responder Grants

 

May 20, 2016 – After a 2-week hiatus, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced 277 Round 3 awards for the FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). Fire Service organizations receiving awards totalling $42,062,561 include:

 

  • $3,334, Equipment, Operations and Safety, Whittier Fire and EMS, Whittier, AK
  • $45,239, Equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Operations and Safety, Springfield Valley Volunteer Fire Company, Springfield, WV
  • $88,516, Modify Facilities, Operations and Safety, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Grass Valley, CA
  • $118,547, Equipment, Regional Request, Scarborough Fire Department, Scarborough, ME
  • $304,673, Equipment ($335,140), State Fire Training Academy, Delaware State Fire School, Dover, DE
  • $431,819, Vehicle Acquisition, Vehicle Acquisition, Klamath County Fire District No. 1, Klamath Falls, OR
  • $856,819, Personal Protective Equipment, Operations and Safety, Indian River County Fire Rescue, Vero Beach, FL

 

Further award rounds will be announced on Fridays until AFG has made all awards under the current year. See all FY2015 AFG fire grant awards

 

 

$8,329,798 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 2 FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

 

Fire Grant News - First Responder Grants

 

May 6, 2016 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced 70 Round 2 awards for the FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). Fire Service organizations receiving awards totalling $8,329,798 include:

 

  • $11,500, Americus Hose Company, Sunbury, PA, Training, Operations and Safety
  • $29,715, Wayne Fire Department, Wayne, MI, Personal Protective Equipment Operations and Safety
  • $53,613, Meigs County Emergency Medical Services, Pomeroy, OH, EMS Equipment, Operations and Safety
  • $60,024, Applegate Valley Fire District, Jacksonville, OR, Wellness and Fitness Programs, Operations and Safety
  • $113,334, Marksville Fire Department, Marksville, LA, Modify Facilities, Operations and Safety
  • $369,940, Baxter Fire Department, Baxter, TN, Vehicle Acquisition, Vehicle Acquisition
  • $457,839, Alameda Fire Department, Alameda, CA, Personal Protective Equipment, Operations and Safety

 

Further award rounds will be announced on Fridays until AFG has made all awards under the current year. See all FY2015 AFG fire grant awards

 

 

First Responder Grants Client Wins Round 1 AFG Fire Grant

 

Fire Grant News - First Responder Grants

 

Apr. 29, 2016 – Of the 23 Round 1 FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) winners announced Apr. 22, 2016, one was a First Responder Grants client.

 

The Hualapai Nation Emergency Services of the Hualapai Tribe in Arizona received a $69,048 Operations and Safety Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) fire grant.

 

Congratulations Hualapai Nation Emergency Services! See all FY2015 AFG fire grant awards

 

 

$2,999,256 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 1 FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

 

Fire Grant News - First Responder Grants

 

Apr. 22, 2016 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced 23 Round 1 awards for the FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). Fire Service organizations receiving awards totalling $2,999,256 include:

 

  • $18,286, Longwood Fire Company, Kennett Square, Equipment, Operations and Safety
  • $21,564, Willow Grove Volunteer Fire Company, Willow Grove, Equipment, Operations and Safety
  • $31,910, City of Portland Fire Department, Portland, Wellness and Fitness Programs, Operations and Safety
  • $59,091, City of Allen Park Fire Department, Allen Park, Modify Facilities, Operations and Safety
  • $99,546, York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services, York, Training, Operations and Safety
  • $100,000, City of La Vergne Fire Department, La Vergne, Modify Facilities and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Operations and Safety
  • $113,044, Fire Service Training Bureau (Iowa Department of Public Safety), Des Moines, Equipment, State Fire Training Academy
  • $199,819, Erie Fire Department, Erie, Modify Facilities, Operations and Safety
  • $294,326, San Gabriel Fire Department, San Gabriel, Personal Protective Equipment, Operations and Safety
  • $500,000, Georgia Public Safety Training Center/Georgia Fire Academy, Forsyth, State Fire Training Academy, Vehicle Acquisition

 

Further award rounds will be announced on Fridays until AFG has made all awards under the current year. See all FY2015 AFG fire grant awards

 

 

New Grant-Writing Class! Join Us in Fayetteville, Ohio, Oct. 8-9

 

Public Safety Grant News - First Responder Grants

 

Apr. 22, 2016 – Need training? We have a new grant-writing class on the schedule!

 

  • Are you tired of getting rejection notices for your grant applications?
  • Are you wondering why your applications to grant programs always seem to fail?
  • Do you need to know more about how to apply for grants to get the money your agency needs to properly train and equip your staff?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then join us in Fayetteville, OH, Oct. 8-9.

 

You'll receive 2 packed days of "meat and potatoes" grant-writing training about grants for public safety agencies and first responder organizations.

 

Come Get the Training, To Get the Grant, To Get the Gear!

 

This training is appropriate for all Fire, Rescue, EMS, Emergency Management Agency, Law Enforcement, or Corrections staff. The training is led by a retired public safety administrator who has 30 years of "on the streets" experience and who speaks in your language.

 

Come get the training that gives you the skills you need to write winning grants!

 

 

First-Round AFG Awards Expected Apr. 22

 

Fire Grant News - First Responder Grants

 

Apr. 21, 2016 – The first award round for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) is expected to start Friday, Apr. 22, 2016! If you applied for AFG, any Friday now could be an award day.

 

Keep an eye on our Grant News page, Facebook page, and Twitter feed @FRGrants for the latest news and winners.

 

 

National Incident Management System Refresh: National Engagement Period

 

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA

 

Apr. 8, 2016 – FEMA’s National Integration Center is currently soliciting public feedback for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) refresh. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 pm EDT on May 9, 2016. National engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft of the refreshed NIMS, so that it reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community.

 

NIMS provides a consistent and common approach and vocabulary to enable the whole community to work together seamlessly and manage all threats and hazards. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location or complexity.

 

The draft NIMS:

 

  • Reiterates the concepts and principles of the original 2004 version and the updated 2008 version;
  • Reflects and incorporates lessons learned from exercises and real world incidents and policy updates, such as the National Preparedness System and the 2013 NIMS
  • Intelligence/Investigation Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide;
  • Reflects progress in resource typing and mutual aid and builds a foundation for the development of a national qualification system;
  • Clarifies that NIMS is more than just the Incident Command System (ICS) and that it applies to all stakeholders with roles in incident management across all five mission areas (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery);
  • Provides guidance on a common structure and activation levels for operations and coordination centers, including Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), through new Center Management System (CMS) guidance;
  • Note that while we will continue to track NIMS implementation, the adoption of CMS is not mandatory as part of preparedness grants;
  • Explains the relationship among ICS, CMS, and Multiagency Coordination Groups (MAC Groups); and
  • Enhances guidance on information management processes to improve data collection plans, social media integration and the use of geographic information systems (GIS).

 

FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to highlight key proposed changes to NIMS and answer participant questions about submitting feedback. All webinars are open to the whole community.

 

To review the draft of the refreshed NIMS and for additional webinar information, visit: www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

 

Thank you for your input and continued support. Together, we can make the nation more secure and resilient.

 

 

FY2015 AFG Applicants: Start Getting Ready for Award Notifications

 

ATTN: Fire and EMS agencies who have FY2015 AFG grant applications submitted!

 

Mar. 21, 2016 – Big news is afoot for FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) applicants! The AFG program is on an accelerated pace right now, says Senior Grants Consultant Kurt Bradley of First Responder Grants.

 

This is usually one of the first indications of pending awards starting to appear in an applicant's files. Requests to "Update 1199a" (the direct deposit form) have started to show up in some clients's files.

 

"That means that awards will be starting, most likely, in late April," says Bradley. "While reviewing files of our clients we noticed quite a few of the clients had warnings posted to 'update your profile.' This is not to be taken lightly. Be certain that your online profile with the FEMA portal is up-to-date and current right now, as they must be certain that their emails regarding your grant application are in fact being read and reacted to."

 

Bradley also recommends that your SAM.gov registration file has been updated and is current, as outdated or incorrect information can be a reason to delay or deny your award.

 

"Don't wait for AFG to tell you it needs to be updated," says Bradley. "Do it yourself so your award is not delayed."

 

 

Complete and Send Now: SAFER Application Period Closes Mar. 25, 5 p.m. ET

 

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Complete & Submit Your Application Now: The FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Application Period Closes on Friday, March 25, 5 p.m. ET

 

Mar. 21, 2016 – There is still plenty of time to complete and submit your FY 2015 SAFER application. The application period will close on Friday, March 25. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Make every effort to submit your application early as no exceptions will be made for submissions after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

Complete your application today at portal.fema.gov/famsVuWeb/home

 

Application Review Checklist

 

* Applications cannot be edited once submitted *

 

  • Proofread your application: Mistakes or errors on your SAFER application can disqualify your organization for grant award consideration.
  • If you included any "filler" or placeholder text while filling out your application, update the application fields with your final and complete answers
  • Do the sequences of your sentences and paragraphs present clear thoughts and ideas?
  • Does your narrative explain your organizations needs in a way that someone would easily understand?
  • Check the quantities and costs for all budgeted line items that you are requesting and confirm that there are no discrepancies between the Request Details Information section of the application and the Narrative. Ensure that you have included costs for all items and/or activities that are needed to implement your grant, if awarded.
  • Have all application fields, or questions, been answered?
  • Make sure that you have described your organizations needs in your voice, do not use boilerplate language or copy from vendors, manufacturers, etc.
  • Ask a colleague who is not involved with the actual writing of the grant to proofread your application.

 

Make sure that all facts and figures are accurate throughout the entire application.

 

Web Browser Reminders

 

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

 

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

 

There are several known problems entering application information using non-IE browsers or having multiple browsers open, including but not limited to:

 

  • system failure to recognize correct information
  • system failure to capture and retain correct information
  • system functions like “cut and paste” being disabled
  • system resources like help screens or drop down menus being unavailable

 

 

FY2016 FEMA PDM and FMA Grant Application Periods Now Open

 

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 15, 2016 – The FY 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant application period opens today and will close on June 15, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. EST.

 

Local and Tribal governments, or Subapplicants, must submit planning and project sub-applications to their State/Territory Applicant agency. Contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer: http://www.fema.gov/state-hazard-mitigation-officers to find out their internal deadline for sub-applications.

 

States, Federally-recognized Tribes and Territories, or Applicants, must submit their PDM and FMA grant applications, with sub-applications ranked in priority order, to FEMA by 3 P.M. EST on June 15, 2016.

 

Please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for each program posted on Grants.gov as they contain the key program priorities and application requirements:

 

 

In addition, the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Unified Guidance posted in the FEMA Library provides detailed information regarding eligibility requirements.

 

How to Apply

 

Applicants must submit PDM and FMA grant applications via the Mitigation eGrants system (MT eGrants) on the FEMA Grants Portal on the Internet: https:/portal.fema.gov.

 

If not yet registered for the FEMA Grants Portal, Subapplicants should contact their state hazard mitigation officer for the access ID to request access to the MT eGrants system; Applicants should contact their FEMA Regional office for their access ID.

 

See the Mitigation eGrants System web page for more information and contact the MT eGrants Helpdesk for assistance.

 

 

 

AFG Grantees: Are your procurement rules in compliance?

 

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 8, 2016 – If your fire service organization has won an AFG grant, be ready for a possible procurement integrity check from FEMA. FEMA recently sent this note to AFG grantees...

 

Full Story

 

 

Application Period Dates Announced for the FY2015 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants

 

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 1, 2016 – The FY 2015 FP&S application period will open on Monday, April 04, 2016 at 8 a.m. EST and will close on Friday, May 06, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.

 

Begin preparing your application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the technical assistance tools that are available. It is important to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) thoroughly as it contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.

 

FY2015 FP&S Application Assistance Tools

 

  • FY 2015 FP&S Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • FY 2015 FP&S Application Checklist: This checklist will help you prepare to answer general administrative questions in your FP&S grant application
  • FY 2015 FP&S Self-Evaluation Guide: FP&S Applicants – Assess your readiness to apply. This tool will help you prepare information needed to answer the evaluation criteria within the application.
  • FY 2015 FP&S Cost Share Calculator: In order to assist you with calculating your organization’s Cost Share, a calculator and explanation of the formula is provided in this tool.
  • FY 2015 FP&S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

FP&S Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the NOFO or technical assistance tools listed, call or e-mail the FP&S Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

 

 

FEMA: E-Grants Login Screen Update

 

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA

 

Feb. 25, 2016 – Effective February 29, 2016, the login screen for the E-Grants system will be updated. While the primary purpose of the update is for Federal users, the new login screen will look different for all users. However, applicants and grant recipients will continue to log in using your user name and password to gain access to the E-Grants system.

 

 

SAFER Application Period Is Open. Start Your Application Now!

 

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Feb. 23, 2016 – The FY 2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant application period is underway and will close on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. EST. We recommend that you start your application today by reviewing the FY 2015 SAFER Application Assistance Tools. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants plan their FY 2015 SAFER applications.

 

Application Assistance Tools and Tips Are Available

 

FY 2015 SAFER Application Assistance Tools

 

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • Application Checklist: This checklist will help you prepare your SAFER grant application
  • Self-Evaluation – Hiring of Firefighters. Rehiring, retention, attrition, and new hires; and career, combination, and volunteer fire departments
  • Self-Evaluation - Recruitment and Retention - Fire Departments: Combination and volunteer fire departments
  • Self-Evaluation - Recruitment and Retention – Interest Organizations: National, State, Local, or Tribal Volunteer Firefighters Interest Organizations
  • Economic Hardship Supplemental Information – Hiring of Firefighters: This checklist will help those departments applying under the Hiring of Firefighters category to gather information on the economic conditions of their fire department in preparation of a SAFER grant application
  • FY 2015 SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

SAM.Gov Registration Is Required to Apply and Receive Grants

 

All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can submit an application. Per 2 CFR § 25.205, FEMA may not make an award to an entity until the entity has complied with the requirements to provide a valid DUNS number and maintain an active SAM.gov registration with current information. SAM.gov consolidates federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

 

To register, or validate your information, please visit: https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/.

 

SAM.gov Registration Tips: Please ensure the following items are current in SAM.gov and the DUNS number used in SAM.gov is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:

 

  • Organization’s name
  • Address
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Banking information (type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number
  • Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in SAM.gov is FREE
  • SAM.gov registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually
  • FEMA has prepared a technical assistance document, the SAM.gov Get Ready Guide. This document is designed to walk you through the SAM.gov registration process
  • This information should be consistent in all registration documents

 

Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help:

 

  • Submit your SAM.gov question online to the Federal Service Help Desk at https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/home.do
  • Call the Federal Service Help Desk toll free at (866) 606 - 8220
  • SAM Quick Start Guide for New Grantee Registration and SAM Video Tutorial for New Applicants are tools created by the General Services Administration to assist those registering with SAM.gov
  • If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at https://www.fsd.gov.

 

Submitting Preparer Information

 

FEMA requires that all applicants disclose the name, address and contact information of the person or organization, to include contracted grant writers, who are responsible for preparing the SAFER application. Please ensure that this information is accurate at the time of submission. As a reminder, all applicants must attest that all information contained within the application, including preparer information, must be true, complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. If you contract with a grant writer, and they either refuse, or provide advice to not list them in the preparer information section of the application, please notify the SAFER program office.

 

Attention To Detail and Completeness of Your Application

 

SAFER is one of the most highly competitive grant programs offered through the Federal government. It is important to ensure the accuracy of the information submitted as part of your application, to include, but not limited to, your department's demographic information, call volume, staffing levels, comprehensive budget breakdowns, recruitment and retention rates, if applicable, as well as the required narrative statements.

 

Recruitment and Retention Regional Applications: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Requirement

 

FY 2015 regional awardees will be required to produce, upon FEMA's request, a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), or similar document. This document will serve to demonstrate that all parties identified as part of the application have agreed to participate in the application, understand their roles and responsibilities as part of any award, and to further identify the distribution and use of any grant funded assets or services. The MOU must be signed and dated by all participating entities. Additional guidance regarding the requirement for MOU's may be found in the FY 2015 SAFER Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

 

 

Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants

 

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA

 

Feb. 18, 2016 – FEMA has announced the application period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs: March 15–June 15, 2016.

 

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grants

 

The PDM program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects for the purpose of reducing overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on federal funding from actual disaster declarations.

 

FEMA is making $90 million available for FY 2016 PDM grants.

 

See the PDM webpage for more information.

 

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grants

 

The FMA grant program provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

 

FEMA is making $199 million available for FY 2016 FMA grants.

 

See the FMA webpage for more information.

 

How to Apply

 

States, Tribes and Territories, or Applicants, must submit their PDM and FMA grant applications to FEMA via the Mitigation eGrants system (MT eGrants) on the FEMA Grants Portal on the Internet at https:/portal.fema.gov by 3 pm (ET) on June 15, 2016.

 

Local and Tribal governments, or Subapplicants, must submit planning and project sub-applications to their State/Territory Applicant agency. See the Mitigation eGrants System web page for more information. FEMA plans to host MT eGrants system webinars during the application period.

 

FY 2016 Grant Program Resources

 

It is important to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for each program posted on Grants.gov as they contain the key program priorities and application requirements for FY 2016:

 

 

For example, the agency's priority for FY 2016 PDM competitive projects is climate resilient mitigation actions (CRMA) and pre- or post-wildfire mitigation activities or any mitigation action that utilizes green infrastructure approaches. More information on CRMA can be found in the FEMA Library. FEMA will host a CRMA webinar on February 19, 2016 at 2pm (ET):

 

FEMA Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/crma/

 

Conference Bridge: 1-800-320-4330, PIN 205435#

 

In addition, the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Unified Guidance posted in the FEMA Library provides detailed information regarding eligibility requirements.

 

FEMA will host two sessions of the FY 2016 PDM and FMA NOFOs webinar on Monday, February 22 and Thursday, February 25 at 2:30 pm (ET):

 

FEMA Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/fema-nofo/

 

Conference Bridge: 1-800-320-4330, PIN 532822#

 

The webinar will be made available on the FEMA website for those unable to participate.

 

Subapplicants with questions about the FY 2016 PDM and FMA grant programs should contact their state hazard mitigation officer; Applicants should contact their FEMA Regional office.

 

 

Application Period Dates Announced for the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

 

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA

 

Feb. 16, 2016 – The FY 2015 SAFER application period will open on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8 am EST and will close on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5 PM EST.

 

Begin preparing your application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the technical assistance tools that are available. It is important to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) thoroughly as it contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.

 

 

SAFER Grants Help Desk

 

If you have questions about the NOFO or technical assistance tools listed, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

 

 

White House Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal, Recommends Cuts To Fire Service Programs

 

Public Safety Grant News - Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

Feb. 10, 2016 - On Tuesday, February 9th, the White House released the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, the final budget of the Obama Administration. The $4.23 trillion budget contains $40.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

 

Included in the proposed budget are several programs of importance to the nation’s fire and emergency services, including the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs. The budget proposal recommends funding FIRE and SAFER at a combined $670 million, with funds split equally between the two programs. This is a reduction of $20 million from the level enacted by Congress for Fiscal Year 2016. Additionally, the President’s budget proposes $40,811,513 for the United States Fire Administration and includes $1.5 million for infrastructure improvements at the National Fire Academy. Congress funded USFA at $44 million for Fiscal Year 2016.

 

Full Story

 

 

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 www.fema.gov/national-preparedness

 

 

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 www.fema.gov/e-grant-application-access

 

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 (www.fema.gov/closeout-report-tutorial-closeout-report-sections) 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)