The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the second award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).
FEMA awarded $3,789,803 in Operations and Safety Equipment Fire Grants to 38 agencies. Award amounts ranged from a $7,600 Operations and Safety Training Grant awarded to the M & M Volunteer Fire Department, Laurel, MS, to a $$763,920 Operations and Safety Equipment Grant awarded to the Grand Rapids Fire Department, Grand Rapids, MI.
Kurt Bradley, Senior Grant Consultant, discusses why we can expect not to see anymore Fire Grant Awards until mid-October:
“Although new rounds of Fire Act Grant awards were announced during September, we are going to have a couple of weeks without anything happening as far as awards and/or 1199a updating going on. This is because of the FY2011-12 budget closeout approaching in early October, and the new FY2012-13 budget being started up. We do not anticipate seeing any updating of 1199a’s or new awards being given out from now until mid -October.”
The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently launched the new FEMA.gov. Please be informed that many of the most popular Hazard Mitigation Assistance web links have changed:
We would also like to announce our newest publication for grants resources.
Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) At-A-Glance: http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=5904. This document provides provides information on how to incorporate environmental and historic preservation considerations into your Hazard Mitigation Assistance application and project.
Version 4.8 of the Benefit Cost Analysis Software is now available. The updated toolkit and updated training materials are available on the Benefit Cost Analysis website at http://www.fema.gov/benefit-cost-analysis.
If you need additional information contact the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Helpline at (866) 222-3580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow up to 5 business days for a response.
2 Winning Agencies Clients and Students of First Responder Grants
Sept. 21, 2012 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the first award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).
FEMA awarded $2,113,925 in Operations and Safety Equipment Fire Grants to 13 agencies. Award amounts ranged from an $18,240 Equipment Grant awarded to Ft. Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Alabama, to a $599,870 Equipment Grant awarded to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, California.
Public Safety Grant News and Tips by, Kurt Bradley, Certified Grants Consultant
Why Your FY2012 FP&S Grant Application Will Fail This Year
When you apply for this fall’s FY2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Program, odds are your application will fail unless you take the time to read what causes that failure and how to correct it. Whether you’re a fire department or a fire prevention organization, there is one critical error that most applications make. Will you make the same mistake this year… or will you get beyond this critical error and move your application into the winner’s circle?
The #1 Reason Your FP&S Application Will Fail This Year
Here is the #1 reason why most FP&S applications fail:
If your program is not detailed and specific enough, your application will be rejected and your project will not be funded.
It’s as simple as that. Most grant applications do not provide enough research, enough data, enough justification of need, and enough sense of why the project matters to that department and that department’s community. When those details aren’t there, then the only thing waiting for your application is a big ole’ “REJECTED” stamp.
What Can You Do About It?
Now that you know the problem, here’s what you should be doing about it right now. Not “when the program opens for applications.” Right. Now.
Understand exactly what sort of program you are seeking funding for.
Explain the difference this program will make in your community, such as how many students will be exposed to your department’s fire safety program, or how many seniors will be safer in their homes due to the smoke detectors installed. How many classes will be presented and how long is each class? What lessons will be imparted? How will you determine that your program is having the desired effect and achieving positive results?
Do your homework.
We know, we know. It’s not fun hitting the books and pulling statistics. But when it comes to grants, if you want the award dollars, your application has to include solid numbers. Use the USFA reports that they have available on their website. These reports are full of relevant statistical data to help. Be sure that you always quote your own local statistics alongside of national data. This proves your point that this problem is occurring in your areas of coverage. Make sure your application includes very detailed statistics and data about your community, your department and demographics relevant to the program you’re requesting funding for.
If you are seeking a grant to promote a smoke detector distribution program, don’t just simply ask for smoke detectors. Explain how smoke detectors play into a larger comprehensive Fire Prevention program. “Make ’em bleed, make em’cry” with details about the population you want to use this program to help, plus how and why not receiving this funding leaves your population at risk.
To the Winner’s Circle
Fire grants are more competitive than ever. But just because more grant applications come in for a program, doesn’t mean that yours can’t rise to the top. When you include solid numbers, show how your program helps the community and is thought-out and thorough, you will greatly increase your chances of receiving an FP&S fire grant this year.
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Since 1998, our Certified Grants Consultants have helped America’s public safety agencies win over $900,000,000 in grant funding. We can help you too:
About the FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Program (FP & S)
The Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), and are under the preview of the Grant Programs Directorate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FP&S Grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to target high-risk populations and reduce injury and prevent death. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development. More information at the FP & S homepage »
Review your grant application’s requirements and get your bid specifications ready now. If you receive an award, this early preparation will help you to implement your grant as soon as possible and help ensure you are able to complete your project within the period of performance.
Start to draft a bid solicitation that encourages competition by not using proprietary vendor specifications.
By avoiding the use of proprietary vendor specifications, you encourage competition, which may decrease your overall costs. For example, you can request bids for a new pumper and specify that it have an “independent front suspension.” But specifying that the pumper have a particular name-brand independent front suspension would be a proprietary specification that would limit competition to those vendors that build trucks containing those particular items.
Avoid any real or apparent conflicts of interest in your procurements.
Remember that no employee, officer, or agent of your organization, who has a real or even apparent conflict of interest (potential for personal gain), may participate in the selection of the contractor or vendor that will supply the grant-funded items or services. They cannot accept gifts, favors, or anything of monetary value from potential contractors.
Maintain written procurement procedures.
Become familiar with and keep on file the written procurement procedures and standards for your organization. If you are unsure, check with your local or state government for procedures. All grantees must have procurement procedures that follow local or state procurement procedures AND meet Federal procurement law as outlined in 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 13.36.
Have a record system set up for the grant.
Make sure that you have system established that will maintain your grant records accurately and securely while still being accessible. All Federal awards are subject to a possible audit or desk review.
Here is the latest news from FEMA on fire grants and awards. NOTE: All information, including dates and projected application periods are subject to change. When a conference is listed, the AFG Program either will be exhibiting and/or giving a presentation or workshop.
FY 2011 SAFER Grants: Award announcements are underway.
FY 2011 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants: Award announcements are underway.
FY 2012 AFG and FY 2012 SAFER Grants: Award announcements are expected to begin and will continue until all available grant funds have been committed.