$16,742,594 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 6 AFG 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the sixth award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

FEMA awarded $16,742,594 in Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 166 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants ranged from a $760 Training grant, awarded to the Tigerville Fire District, Travelers Rest, SC, to a $741,741 Equipment and Training grant award to the Warwick Fire Department, Warwick, RI.

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

$9,232,801 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 9 SAFER 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the ninth award round for the FY2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

FEMA awarded $9,232,801 in Hiring Fire Grants to 10 agencies. Award amounts for Hiring Fire Grants ranged from a $253,200 SAFER grant, awarded to the Vinemont-Providence Volunteer Fire Dept., Cullman, AL, to a $2,701,896 SAFER grant award to the Tahoe Douglas Fire District, Zephyr Cove, NV.

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

Start Your Application Now For A FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant

If you have not yet started your online FP&S application, start it now by going to the E-Grant Application website. The application period ends on Friday, January 18, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

What Will A Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Pay For?

  • Support for public fire prevention and safety projects: Eligible projects include fire prevention education, home inspections, burn prevention, injury prevention, media or public relations campaigns, and more. For ideas on the types of projects you could request, read some success stories of Fire Prevention and Safety Grants on the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants page of the AFG website (www.fema.gov/firegrants).
  • Support for up to three independent projects. Your organization can submit only one Fire Prevention and Safety Grant application, but you can request support for up to three independent projects in a single application. For example, in one application, you can request funds to launch a new public education project, a new fire code enforcement effort, and a project to fund arson investigator training. Each project will be evaluated separately. Even if you do not receive funding for one project, you might receive an award for one of your other submitted projects.
  • Support for personnel costs, including salaries and benefits, to conduct new projects or to hire for the first-time a Fire Prevention and Safety Officer to carry out projects. The grant cannot be used to supplant funds already budgeted for other projects. But you can request funds to cover the salaries and benefits of staff members or firefighters when they work overtime on a new fire prevention project. Or you could use the funds to hire a new fire prevention officer to deliver fire prevention, fire education, and related training projects.
  • Support for administrative costs (up to 3 percent of your project budget). You may request grant funds to help pay the administrative costs of your requested project. This could include office supplies, shipping costs, a computer, and software needed to report to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

Additional eligible projects and items to request can be found in the FP&S Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement at the AFG website at www.fema.gov/firegrants.

Have questions? Contact the AFG Help Desk, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, by calling toll-free 1-866-274-0960, or by sending an e-mail to firegrants@dhs.gov. Help Desk Specialists will be available during the application period.

$2,792,713 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 5 AFG 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the fifth award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

FEMA awarded $2,792,713 in Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 19 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants ranged from a $12,369 Equipment grant, awarded to the Happyland Volunteer Fire Department, Ada, OK, to a $1,451,590 Personal Protective Equipment grant award to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Pleasant Hill, CA.

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

$103,283,113 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 8 SAFER 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the eighth award round for the FY2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

FEMA awarded $103,283,113 in Hiring Fire Grants to 34 agencies. Award amounts for Hiring Fire Grants ranged from a $138,012 SAFER grant, awarded to the Pepperell Fire Department, Pepperell, MA, to a $14,959,560 SAFER grant award to the Trenton Fire Department, Trenton, NJ.

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

Safe Building Codes Incentive Act Introduced In Senate

On Thursday, December 19th, Senate Robert Menendez (NJ) introduced the Safe Building Codes Incentive Act. Senator Menendez was joined by Senators Frank Lautenberg (NJ), Charles Schumer (NY), and Kristen Gillibrand (NY). The legislation would allow states that adopt and enforce nationally recognized model building codes eligible for an additional 4 percent of funding available for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

“Congress has an opportunity to advance the adoption of building codes in this country,” said Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute. “This bill creates an incentive, not a government mandate, for states and local communities to be prepared for the next potential disaster. As Benjamin Franklin once said – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

“As President of FASNY and a firefighter for fifty years, our Association salutes Senator Robert Menendez for his introduction, and Senator Chuck Schumer, for his co-sponsorship of the Safe Building Codes Incentive Act which will allow our storm altered state to rebuild with proper building codes dictating process to make sure that our children and grandchildren are protected against future devastation,” said Jim Burns, President of Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.

The House version of the bill, H.R. 2069, was introduced by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-21) on June 1, 2011.

$284,448 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 4 AFG 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the fourth award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

FEMA awarded $284,448 in Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 6 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants ranged from a $15,960 Equipment grant, awarded to the East Lansdowne Fire Company, East Lansdowne, PA, to a $69,840 Personal Protective Equipment grant award to the Danville Fire Department, Danville, IL.

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

$19,953,328 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 7 SAFER 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the seventh award round for the FY2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

FEMA awarded $19,953,328 in Hiring Fire Grants to 45 agencies. Award amounts for Hiring Fire Grants ranged from a $101,758 SAFER grant, awarded to the East Grand Forks Fire Department, East Grand Forks, MN, to a $979,497 SAFER grant award to the Lynchburg Fire and EMS Department, Lynchburg, VA.

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

FY 2012 Fire Prevention And Safety Grants Application Period Opens Mon., Dec. 17

Starting Monday, December 17, 2012, organizations may begin online grant applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant funding. The deadline for all FP&S Grant applications is Friday, January 18, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

Activities Eligible for FP&S Grants

  • Fire Prevention and Safety Activities: Projects designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards.
  • Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activities: Projects aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, and wellness through research and development projects that reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries.

How to Apply

First, download and read the FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Funding Opportunity Announcement. It explains the purpose of the grant program, activities eligible for support, eligibility criteria, award criteria, application instructions, and Federal requirements for grantees.

NOTE: There has been no change in the FP&S Grant evaluation and award criteria since FY 2011. They are the same for the FY 2012 FP&S Grant applications as they were for FY 2011 FP&S Grant applications.

Visit the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants web page on the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Website (www.fema.gov/firegrants) and use the additional application resources below to help you develop your grant application.

Between December 17, 2012, and January 18, 2013, start your online grant application by going to the FEMA E-Grant Application Access website.

Questions? Contact the AFG Help Desk if you have questions about the FY 2012 FP&S Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement, online application, or any applicant resources. Help Desk Specialists will be available during the application period, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. Toll-free telephone: 1-866-274-0960; e-mail: firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

$1,071,495 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 3 AFG 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the third award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

FEMA awarded $1,071,495 in Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 9 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants ranged from a $9,966 Equipment grant, awarded to the Ipswich Fire Department, Ipswich, MA, to a $370,277 Wellness and Fitness Programs grant award to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Mather, CA.

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