2 First Responder Grants Clients Win $90,669 in AFG 2012 Fire Grant Awards

2 First Responder Grants clients and students have won a total of $90,669 in fire grants for the FY 2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. These grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

AFG winners to-date include 49 fire departments and related fire service agencies nationwide. Combined they will receive $5,989,161 in fire grants for vehicles, operations, training, equipment and safety.

SAFER winners to-date include 6 fire departments and related fire service agencies nationwide. Combined they will receive $4,323,017 in fire grants for staffing and personnel.

Is your department trying to figure out how it will compete for 2013 grants? Check out the First Responder Grants grant-writing training classes.

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. Since 1998, our Certified Grants Consultants have helped America’s public safety agencies win over $900,000,000 in grant funding. Learn more: Classes and Training, Services and Resources.

$753,784 Fire Grant Awarded in Round 25 SAFER 2012

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the twenty-fifth award round for the FY2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

FEMA awarded $753,784 in a Recruitment Fire Grant to the South Maury County Fire Department, Mt Pleasant, TN.

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

2013 National Preparedness Report Released

The newly released 2013 National Preparedness Report (NPR) reviews the past year and shares the progress that whole community partners—including all government, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, communities and individuals—have made in strengthening national preparedness and to identify where preparedness gaps remain.

The findings in the 2013 NPR will provide insight for whole community partners in determining program priorities, resource allocation and a platform to communicate with stakeholders about shared concerns.

Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness requires an annual National Preparedness Report (NPR) that summarizes national progress in building, sustaining and delivering the 31 core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal released in September 2011.

To read more visit:

2013 National Preparedness Report »

2013 National Preparedness Report Facts Sheet »

$3,217,094 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 27 AFG 2012

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the twenty-seventh award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

FEMA awarded $3,217,094 in Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 2 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants included a $1,015,974 Equipment grant, awarded to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Miami, FL; and a $2,201,120 Equipment grant award to the McAllen Fire Department, McAllen, TX.

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

Award Announcements Begin for FY2012 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grantees

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsThe announcements of the FY 2012 FP&S grantees have begun. The announcements will continue on a rolling basis until all available funds have been awarded.

The list of awardees is available on the FP&S Awards page on the AFG website (www.fema.gov/firegrants).

Grantees: When to Use the “Return of Funds” Form

All AFG grantees must return any grant funds to FEMA (plus interest earned on federal funds) that were requested and deposited into the organization’s bank account but were not spent on the project.

Unspent grant funds can occur when:

  • A grant payment was requested and deposited but a balance of grant funds remains in the organization’s bank account after all grant expenses have been paid; or
  • A grant payment was requested and deposited but all grant funds were not spent before the end of the grantee’s Period of Performance.
  • To return grant funds that remain in the organization’s bank account after all expenses have been paid, grantees must complete and submit the “Return of Funds to FEMA” form with a refund check.

See the Return of Funds to FEMA form.

Updated AFG Calendar

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Upcoming events for fire grants under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

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 2012 AFG Award Announcements (ongoing)
  • FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Award Announcements (ongoing)


  • FY 2013 SAFER Application Period (tentative)


  • FY 2013 AFG Application Period Opens (tentative)
  • August 16-17, 2013. Fire-Rescue International, McCormack Place, Chicago, Illinois. AFG staff will present an overview of the impact of the recent funding reauthorization by Congress as well as provide an open forum for participants to bring their questions directly to AFG leaders. Visit the AFG booth to meet with AFG staff.


  • FY 2013 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Application period opens (tentative)

How Do I Actually Write a Public Safety Grant?

Public Safety Grant News and Tips by, Kurt Bradley, Certified Grants Consultant

If you are on this webpage you have probably resigned yourself to the fact that the “budget axe” has chopped you off at the knees again, and you are faced with the fact that there is no money to get the equipment your department needs to do your job, right?

That is why we began this service: to offer grant consultant services to you as public safety professionals. Here you have access to a very comprehensive and informative website bringing you a “one stop shop” for information concerning grants for public safety agencies and first responders. You also have access to 2 of the nation’s top professional public safety grants consultants, to assist you in developing your grants strategy, locating the right grant and developing your applications for these funds. We have provided research tools for your use in getting the statistical data and for finding out what programs are available.

Apparently our efforts are working, as departments contact us for assistance every day. We have listened to your wants, needs and desires, and one of the things we consistently hear is, “How do I actually write the grant?”

“Investing In the Financial Health of Your Agency”

All of us understand that we wish to receive true cost-benefit in the expenditure of what little budget dollars that we have. The public we serve expects us to be good stewards of their tax and donation dollars. You have limited resources in the first place, or you would not have a need to find a grant program to help you out, and we understand that.

One of the ways to always ensure that you are maximizing the use of your available budget, is to invest in ways to assure that you have the money in your budget and use the grants process so as not to take away from those allocated budget dollars that you have. This is not something that you learn by having a few conversations with a consultant or reading just a few articles about it. To be really good at what you do, and I believe we all wish to approach our tasks in a professional manner, takes knowledge and a set of tools to properly accomplish the task.

Most of us have recognized that we have to “invest” money in ourselves in order to secure our retirement. We use 401ks and IRAs to do this, which are managed by professional financial advisors to stretch and provide growth of those funds. What is the difference between them and us? They were trained to do it!

“Maximize Your Ability to Obtain Grants for Your Agency”

If you could take $1,000, put it in the bank, and go back within one year and get $25,000 given back to you, how many of you would jump at that opportunity? I know I would! Believe me, I try hard every day to get that kind of return on my personal investments.

If you want to play in the “arena of grants”, you have to know the game. Just as you had to learn how to be a public safety professional at the “police academy” or “local fire academy” in order to do your job, you must also learn the rules of engagement if you are going to be successful at obtaining grant money for your agency.

Spending a small amount of money to learn how to properly play this game makes absolute perfect sense. You need to be trained how to research and develop grant programs that will be looked upon, by the grant makers, as strong applications and will result in your agency receiving the financial help it deserves.

Just as a bank would ask you to produce a business plan to receive a loan to startup your new dream business, a grant maker wants to be sure that your program is going to accomplish what they wish to do. It is not difficult or complicated to learn how to write those plans and present them in a manner so that you do get funded. It just requires proper knowledge.

OK, I Want The Training, But Where Do I Get The Money From To Attend The Training?”

Even if funds are tight, you can still find the money to attend a training seminar.

Remember: $500 has the potential to win your department tens of thousands of dollars in grant funding. Try these ideas to beat the tight budget blues:

  • Talk to City Hall about sponsoring. Tell them that in exchange for sending you to the training, you will also use your seminar training to help other departments with grant-writing
  • Approach the local Chamber of Commerce for a donation Talk with area businesses, both local shops and larger companies such as Wal-Mart
  • Run a local phone fund-raising campaign with area citizens
  • Hold a raffle, sponsor a bingo game, a BBQ or car wash etc.
  • Pass the hat. Got a 10-member department? If everyone gives $25, you’re halfway there
  • Coordinate with other area departments and pool resources to send people who will use the training to help all the departments with their grant writing

Remember one thing: A businessman, and a citizen, loves to see you making efforts to utilize their tax dollars in an efficient, prudent manner. Spending a few bucks to train someone to get thousands back in equipment, means that you are not walking around to them with hat in hand nearly as often. It also means you may not have to be going before their city council every year asking for another tax increase. That, my friend, is sound, efficient, financial management of your budget dollars.

Photo: Orin Zebest