Bill Introduced to Postpone FCC Mandated Narrowband Requirements

Public Safety Grants News

Dec. 30, 2011 - Rep. Steven Rothman (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 3430 billinto the 112th Congress, House of Representatives, on Nov. 15, 2011. The 11 lines of this short, succinct bill directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend by 2 years the final deadline for private land mobile radio licensees to migrate to narrowband technology. Currently that date is set for January 1, 2013.


If passed, H.R. 3430 would extend the narrowband implementation deadline to January 1, 2015. There is currently no co-sponsor for this bill, nor is any justification provided as to why a deadline extension is needed.


Most industry experts do not expect this bill to pass. As such, the bill is no reason for public safety agencies to ignore the requirement for narrow banding of their radio frequencies by the January 1, 2013 deadline.


More info: - H.R. 3430: To direct the Federal Communications Commission to extend the final deadline....



Over $14.7 Million Awarded to 62 Fire Departments in Round 3 AFGP 2011 Fire Grant Awards

Fire Grant News

Dec. 30, 2011 - It's an early Happy New Year for over 60 Fire Departments and Emergency Management Agencies nationwide. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the third award round for the 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP). FEMA awarded $14,799,885 to 62 agencies. Award amounts ranged from a $8,345 equipment grant awarded to Sand Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Attalla, AL, to a $1,750,000 equipment grant awarded to Baltimore County Fire Department, Towson, MD.


See the full 2011 AFGP award list here. Check back weekly for more 2011 AFGP award updates!



Over $19.7 Million Awarded to 128 Fire Departments in Round 2 AFGP 2011 Fire Grant Awards

Fire Grant News

Dec. 23, 2011 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the second award round for the 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP). FEMA awarded $19,782,172 to 128 agencies. Award amounts ranged from a $10,450 equipment grant awarded to Newton Fire Department, IA, to a $976,448 equipment grant awarded to Womelsdorf Volunteer Fire Company, PA.


See the full 2011 AFGP award list here. Check back weekly for more 2011 AFGP award updates!



9 First Responder Grants Clients Win $1,007,818 in Round 1 AFGP 2011 Fire Grant Awards

Fire Grant News

Of the 136 Round 1 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) winners announced Dec. 16, 2011, 9 were clients and grant writing training students of First Responder Grants. Combined, these 9 agencies will receive $1,007,818 in fire grant awards for their departments and communities.


Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing training, grant consulting, and the latest news and tips for writing winning grant applications. Learn more: Classes and Training, Services and Resources.


See the full 2011 AFGP award list here. Check back weekly for more 2011 AFGP award updates!



Congress Approves Year-End Spending Bill

Public Safety Grant News - Congressional Fire Services Institute

On Saturday, December 17, the Senate approved H.R. 2055, a $915 billion spending package for Fiscal Year 2012. The bill, which includes funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was approved by the House on December 16.


The spending measure makes significant cuts to DHS, funding the department at $39.4 billion, a decrease of $2 billion from FY11 and $8.6 billion less than was requested by the Obama Administration. The Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) Grant Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program are funded at $337.5 million each, down from $405 million each in FY11.


FIRE and SAFER were not the only grant programs to be significantly cut in the bill. H.R. 2055 creates a funding pool of $1.35 billion for a dozen grant programs, including the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHGP). These programs will be funded at the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security.


The United States Fire Administration is funded at $44.038 million, down $1.5 million from FY11.


The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.



Over $17.2 Million Awarded to 136 Fire Departments in Round 1 AFGP 2011 Fire Grant Awards

Fire Grant News

It's an early Christmas for 136 Fire Departments and Emergency Services Agencies across the U.S. On Dec. 16, 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the first award round for the 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP). FEMA awarded $17,227,130 to 136 agencies. Award amounts ranged from a $3,610 grant awarded to Central Campbell County Fire District, Cold Spring, KY, to a $913,980 grant awarded to Orange County Fire Rescue Department, Winter Park, FL.


Of the 136 2011 AFGP winners, 9 are First Responder Grants clients and students of our grant writing training classes. Combined, these 9 winners were awarded $1,007,818.


See the full 2011 AFGP award list here. Check back weekly for more 2011 AFGP award updates!



Beware of CCR Fraud Scams

Public Safety Grant News

Some FEMA grantees have reported being contacted by individuals claiming to represent credit agencies or grant-making institutions and have solicited grantees to pay them to update their CCR (Central Contractor Registration number). Under the guise of updating the number for the agency, these individuals have tried to persuade grantees and agencies to give them their user name, password or other sensitive information.


Do not give out this information!


FEMA maintains a secure e-Grant Application website where all such confidential information may be submitted. Bogus phone calls, e-mails, or letters requesting social security numbers, financial account information, or fees should be disregarded.


FEMA will never request identifying information about you or your organization by telephone, e-mail, or letter. Nor will you be required to pay a fee to register or update information in the Central Contractor Registry. If you have questions, contact your Regional Fire Program Specialist, or contact the AFG Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or at



AFGP Award Announcements Before Christmas? AFG in Federal Register

Fire Grant News

2011 AFGP applicants are starting to receive 1199a forms, says Kurt Bradley, Consultant for First Responder Grants. Usually this indicates that we can expect award announcements to start before the end of the year. This will be the first time in years that awards have started dropping before the new year, which will be a big relief for agencies.


"AFG is required, every year, to post its policy and guidelines for awards in the Federal Register prior to commencing award rounds," says Kurt. "In recent years this has not taken place prior to Congress adjourning for the winter recess, and has delayed awards into the following year." AFG's notice was published in the Nov. 16, 2011, Federal Register. "This is a major event signaling that awrads are imminent," says Kurt. "It looks like a Merry Christmas for many departments this year."



U.S. Fire Administration Press Release: USFA, Justice Department Initiate Public Safety Emergency Vehicle Safety Study

Fire Grant/Public Safety Grant News

October 24, 2011 - Emmitsburg, MD. – The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)/National Institute of Justice (NIJ), has begun a study of emergent topics in emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety to assist in the development and demonstration of best practices for the emergency services.  The International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) will conduct the study.

"USFA is committed to reducing the incidence of vehicle crashes and emergency responders being struck on the roadway as they are a large cause of onduty fatalities," said Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines.  "We are grateful for the U.S. Department of Justice's support of this important initiative which benefits both the fire service and law enforcement."

Each year, approximately 25 percent of onduty firefighter fatalities occur while responding to or returning from incidents, with the majority of fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes.  This represents a leading cause of firefighter fatalities - second only to heart attacks.

While this is a critical issue for the fire service, it is also an issue for the law enforcement community.  Data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows that from 2001-2010, vehicle-related crashes - including motorcycle crashes and struck while operating on the roadway - were the leading cause of onduty fatalities for U.S. law enforcement officers.  These fatalities represented 43 percent of the total number of officers who lost their lives on duty during that time.

“Increasing safety for our law enforcement officers and firefighters is one of our highest priorities,” said John H. Laub, Director of the National Institute of Justice.  “We are delighted to work with our partners at the USFA to discover what works best to reduce deaths and injuries from vehicle crashes and being struck by vehicles.”

Added IFSTA Executive Director Mike Wieder, “These types of injuries and fatalities are among the most preventable types for all emergency responders.  IFSTA is grateful for the opportunity presented to us by the U.S. Fire Administration and the DOJ's National Institute of Justice to perform this study with the goal of reducing these losses.”

Further information on USFA's vehicle and roadway operations safety initiatives may be found on the USFA website.

For more information on NIJ's law enforcement research programs, please visit



Homeland Security Grants: DHS 2011 Grant Applications Available

DHS Grant News

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the release of fiscal year (FY) 2011 grant guidance and application kits for 12 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant programs totaling $2.1 billion to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector in strengthening our nation's ability to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. In FY 2011, DHS grants were reduced by $780 million from the FY 2010 enacted level, nearly a quarter of FY 2010 DHS grant funding.  Full story »

Police Grants: Funds for Forensics

Police Grant News

Find and apply for forensic and evidence handling grants

Article from by Michelle Perin

Kurt Bradley, an officer with the Lake Alfred (Fla.) police department, heard the chief had decided to cut one of the squad cars out of the budget. Realizing the negative impact, he marched into the chief's office. With all the grants available, why didn't the department just apply for one? Bradley walked out of the office delegated the new department grant writer. That was 12 years ago. Det. Kerry Daniels of the Maplewood (Mo.) police department experienced a similar situation last year. His department wanted to purchase new evidence handling equipment and because Daniels was the department's evidence custodian, the chief assigned him the task of writing the grant. Like Bradley, he didn't have any experience. Full story »

Administration Releases Proposed Budget for FY 2011

Federal Public Safety Grant News

Byrne-JAG funding stable, COPS, SHSG and UASI slated for increases

At a time when many federal programs were targeted for reduction or elimination, the proposed FY 2011 budget maintains funding for most state, local and tribal law enforcement assistance programs at levels that are equal to, or slightly higher, than current (FY 2010) funding levels. Full story »

TASER Grants: First Responder Grants student wins TASER giveaway!

Law Enforcement Grant News

CONGRATULATIONS to Justin Koller from the York County Sheriff’s Depart in York, PA, whose name was drawn as the winner of our drawing for a new X26 TASER. All students who have attended any grant writing training class, presented by us within the last 60 days, are automatically entered into a random drawing to win a new TASER. Justin was a student in a First Responder Grants class, held in September in Zelienople, PA.

Grants Webinar Slides & Recording: Justice & Public Safety Grants: 2010 and Beyond

Thank you for attending INPUT's webinar, Justice & Public Safety Grants: 2010 and Beyond, held June 2, 2010. Below are the links to the presentation slides and webinar recording.

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Jeff Webster
Senior Analyst,Homeland Security & Justice/Public Safety

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