Public Safety Grant News

 

New Hazard Mitigation Assistance Information Available

 

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

 

Feb. 24, 2017 – Hazard mitigation projects that reduce the impacts of flood and drought conditions include aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), flood diversion and storage (FDS), and floodplain and stream restoration (FSR).

 

Additional information is now available to help communities applying for Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants comply with application requirements for these types of projects. The documents provide more detailed information on the ASR, FDS, and FSR projects, the information needed for a Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant application, potential resources, and examples.

 

 

For more information, visit Mitigating Flood and Drought Conditions Under Hazard Mitigation Assistance.

 

HMA and FEMA Resources

 

 

 

FEMA Announces Selection of Hazard Mitigation Assistance External Stakeholder Working Group Members

 

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

 

Feb. 16, 2017 – The FEMA, Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) team is excited to introduce the 2017 External Stakeholder Working Group (ESWG). Please join us in welcoming the 2017 ESWG members:

 

State and Territory Representatives

 

  • Miles Anderson, Florida
  • Tom Hughes, Pennsylvania
  • Sarah White, Massachusetts

 

Tribal Nation and Indian Tribal Representatives

 

  • Tracy De Pew, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
  • Kaylynn Gresham, Oneida Nation Emergency Management
  • Paula Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo

 

Local and Regional Representatives

 

  • Chris Blinzinger, Provo City, Utah
  • George De La O, County of Los Angeles, California
  • Mark Schneider, Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque & Jackson Co, Iowa

 

Federal (FEMA) Representatives

 

  • Dorothy Cook, Region VI
  • Karen Helbrecht, FEMA Headquarters
  • Jeff Herd, Region VIII

 

The FEMA HMA team would like to thank everyone who expressed interest in being a member of the ESWG. FEMA received over 120 applications from many qualified State, Territory, Tribe, and Local level hazard mitigation stakeholders. It was very challenging to make selections for the 12 ESWG positions from such a talented pool of applicants. The ESWG reflects a diverse membership with representatives from communities across the country with a broad range of hazard risk profiles, demography (e.g. rural to urban), and jurisdiction makeup (e.g. multi- or single-jurisdiction units). The 2017 ESWG is ready to begin:

 

  • Opening the channels of communication between federal and state, territorial, Indian tribal, and local mitigation staff
  • Gathering insight into mitigation and/or HMA program issues from the state, territory, Indian tribe, or local perspective
  • Increasing transparency in HMA goals, program priorities, and policy development
  • Helping HMA provide a consistent, predictable experience for external stakeholders, and
  • Delving more deeply into issues identified during the HMA Café at the 2016 HMA Workshop

 

We hope you will continue to engage with both HMA and the ESWG frequently to provide your thoughts and input on how to make HMA more effective and successful. Please note that the ESWG membership positions are filled on a rotating basis to ensure continuity and smooth transitions.

 

Please stay engaged to keep up to date on ESWG opportunities and activities. FEMA communications such as the FEMA Bulletin and the GovDelivery listserv are great sources of information to keep current with the ESWG updates. We encourage anyone interested to apply for future opportunities for an ESWG member position.

 

Thanks again to all who applied and congratulations to those who were selected.

 

Please submit any questions or requests for information to fema-hma-grants-policy@fema.dhs.gov.

 

 

FY2016 Fire Prevention and Safety (FPS) Grants Opens Soon

 

Fire Grant News - FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

 

Feb. 1, 2017 – The FY 2016 FP&S application period is right around the corner. The open application period dates will be released as soon as the information becomes available.

 

Start planning your FY 2016 FPS Grant application now by reviewing the technical assistance tools below. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2016 applications ahead of the application period. The tools can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

 

FY 2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Application Assistance Tools

 

These and other tools are available to help you with your FP&S grant application:

 

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - COMING SOON
  • FY 2016 FP&S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - COMING SOON
  • Application Checklist: This checklist will help you prepare to answer general administrative questions in your FP&S grant application
  • 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.
  • FP&S Cost Share Calculator

 

Go to FY 2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Application Assistance:

 

FP&S Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the NOFO or technical assistance tools listed, call or email 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.

 

 

Application Period for the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants Is Underway

 

Fire Grant News - FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

 

Jan. 18, 2017 – The FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant application period is underway and will close on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. ET. FEMA recommends that you start your application today by reviewing the FY2016 SAFER Application Assistance Tools. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants plan their FY2016 SAFER applications.

 

Please make sure that you have thoroughly reviewed the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), prior to beginning your application, as there are substantial changes to the FY2016 SAFER Grant Program. The SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will also be an important tool as they provide more detailed information on the changes and new requirements. The Self-Evaluation tools will be beneficial as you begin to develop the narrative portion of your application.

 

FY2016 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: 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
  • FY2016 SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - UPDATED
  • Economic Hardship Waiver Information
  • FY2016 SAFER Grant Program Webinar Presentation - NEW

 

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.

 

FY2016 SAFER Program Overview Webinar Presentation

 

Thank you to those who attended the FY2016 SAFER webinars. We had a great turnout and appreciate you taking the time to join us. The presentation is now available and the FAQ’s have been updated to include and/or clarify questions asked during the webinars. If you still have unanswered questions, please feel free to contact the SAFER Grants help desk.

 

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

 

FY2016 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 FY2016 SAFER Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

 

SAM.gov Registration Is Required to Apply and Receive Grants

 

Just a reminder that 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 and the DUNS number used in SAM 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 the SAM.gov is FREE
  • SAM.gov registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually.
  • 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
  • SAM Video Tutorial for New Applicants

 

SAM.gov tools were created by the General Services Administration to assist those registering with the System for Award Management (SAM). If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at: https://www.fsd.gov

 

 

 

Major changes to this year's SAFER grant program

 

Fire Grant News - First Responder Grants

 

Jan. 3, 2017 – The application period for the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) fire grant opens Mon., Jan. 9, 2017.

 

It's time to get ready to apply... but before you do, First Responder Grants Senior Grant Consultant Kurt Bradley has some advice:

 

"Everybody needs to read the NOFO this year PRIOR to even beginning to think about doing a SAFER grant. There are MAJOR changes to this year's program, and they will seriously influence your decision to apply or not."

 

Some of the changes include:

 

  • No rehires this year
  • 25% matching requirement for year 1
  • 65% matching requirement for years 2 and 3
  • Only 75% max of usual starting salary and benefits cap is now in place

 

"This is no joke folks," says Bradley. "Read carefully before you decide to apply."

 

The SAFER application deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5 PM ET.

 

P.S.: Need help or not sure what to do? Contact us

 

Get the SAFER NOFO

 

 

Application Period for the FY 2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants is Coming Soon

 

Fire Grant News - First Responder Grants

 

Dec. 15, 2016 – The FY 2016 SAFER application period is right around the corner. The open application period dates will be released as soon as the information becomes available.

 

Start planning your FY 2016 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the technical assistance tools below. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2016 applications ahead of the application period. The tools can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

 

 

SAFER Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, call the toll-free number at 1-866-274-0960; or send email questions to firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

 

SAM.gov Registration is Required to Apply and Receive Grants

 

The FY 2016 SAFER application period will be here before you know it. 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 and the DUNS number used in SAM 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 the 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:

 

 

If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at https://www.fsd.gov