$7,607,589 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 32 AFG 2012

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

FEMA awarded $7,607,589 Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 62 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants ranged from a $1,520 Training grant, awarded to the Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue, Terrebonne, OR; to a $1,000,000 Equipment grant award to the Skyland Fire Department, Skyland, NC.

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

$1,533,344 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 9 FP&S 2012

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the ninth award round for the FY2012 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S) program.

FEMA awarded 9 Fire Prevention grants, totaling $1,856,712, to departments and organizations around the country. Award amounts ranged from a $9,405 Fire Prevention grant, awarded to the Ringgold Volunteer Fire Department, Ringgold, TX, to a $990,028 Fire Prevention grant, awarded to the National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA.

See the full FP&S award list here. Check back weekly for more FP&S award updates!

$562,850 Fire Grant Awarded in Round 27 SAFER 2012

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

FEMA awarded $562,850 in Fire Grants to 2 departments nationwide: a $71,192 Hiring Fire Grant to the Arlington Fire and Rescue Inc., Jonesville, NC; and a $491,658 Hiring Fire Grant to the Newport Fire/EMS Department, Newport, KY.

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

New Applicant Tools Available for FY2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire And Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsStart planning your FY2013 SAFER Grant application now! Although the dates of the FY2013 application period are not yet final, we recommend that you start your application today by reviewing the newly updated SAFER Grant applicant tools. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2013 applications ahead of the application period. The tools can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

First, review the newly updated SAFER “Get Ready Guide” designed specifically for your organization type: fire department; or national, State, local, or tribal volunteer firefighter interest organization. Then review the new “Self-Evaluation Sheet” for your organization type.

SAFER Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the Get Ready Guides and Self-Evaluation sheets listed below, 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 [email protected].

Tool for All Applicants: FY2013 SAFER Grant Application Get Ready Guide (General)

Tools for Hiring Grant Applicants:

Tools for Recruitment and Retention Grant Applicants:

New Presentation Available on the System for Award Management (SAM)

SAM.govAll applicants must have their organizations registered in SAM.gov. If you do not yet have an active SAM.gov registration, the AFG has produced a presentation on SAM.gov that can help you get registered. To view the presentation, go to the SAM.gov presentation on the AFG website. The presentation also can be downloaded to your computer so that you can watch it at any time.

Starting with the FY 2013 AFG Program, all applicants will be required to register in SAM.gov BEFORE submitting an application. If you are thinking about applying for any FY 2013 AFG funds, you should register your organization on SAM.gov as soon as possible. Don’t wait for the application period to open to start your registration. It can take several days for registrations to be processed.

Your Data Must Be Correct! Make sure the banking information, employer ID number, and DUNS number you report in SAM.gov are accurate and match the data in your grant application. If the information does not match, your registration will be delayed.

Registration on SAM.gov is completely free of charge. There is no fee for you to register or to renew or update your organization’s information on SAM.gov. Private businesses or contractors will register your organization in SAM for you—for a fee. Their websites often look like government websites at first glance. BUT remember that no fee is charged to register in SAM.gov or to use its resources.

Active SAM.gov Registrations Required to Receive New Awards and Grant Payments

SAM.govApplicants: No new awards can be made to organizations that do not have active registrations in SAM.gov.

Grantees: Your future grant payments and amendment requests will be delayed if you do not have an active and accurate SAM.gov registration in place. Avoid unnecessary delays by ensuring that your organization is registered and that all of your SAM.gov data are accurate. Use the resources listed below if you need assistance.

To obtain help with SAM.gov:

  • Become familiar with SAM.gov Website. Read the Guides, Top FAQs, and other information that can be found on the SAM.gov website, the SAM Helpful Hints page, and the Federal Service Desk at www.fsd.gov.
  • View the AFG’s SAM.gov presentation and the prerecorded SAM webinar from the General Services Administration (GSA). They cover topics such as how to create a new SAM user account; how to migrate permissions from the legacy Central Contractors Registry (CCR) system into SAM; and how to update and renew an existing registration.
  • Contact the AFG Grants Management Specialists (GMS). Send questions by e-mail to the AFG Grants Management Specialist for your FEMA region. A list of the GMS for each FEMA Region can be found on the AFG Website. You may send questions by fax to the GMS staff at 202-786-9905.

Updated AFG Calendar

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Upcoming application periods, awards and events related to Assistance to Firefighters Grant programs. 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.

July/August: FY 2013 SAFER Application Period (tentative)

August/September:

  • 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 #5242 to meet with AFG staff.

Fall/Winter: FY 2013 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Application period opens (tentative)

Do You Have Federal Grants in Open Status?

A reminder to all Federal grant awardees: Do you currently have any federal grants in open status that have not been officially closed out? If so, your semi-annual SF425 form is due June 30…

Log in to your grant’s online management system to access the form.

Do not delay, get it done today!

3 First Responder Grants Clients Win AFG, SAFER Fire Grant Awards

3 First Responder Grants clients and students have won fire grants for the FY 2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) programs. These grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

To-date First Responder Grants has assisted 51 fire departments and related fire service agencies nationwide who have won FY2012 AFG awards. Combined they will receive over $6,000,000 in fire grants for vehicles, operations, training, equipment and safety.

FY2012 SAFER winners assisted by First Responder Grants to-date include 7 fire departments and related fire service agencies nationwide. Combined they will receive $4.3 million 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.

$7,676,473 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 31 AFG 2012

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

FEMA awarded $7,676,473 Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 66 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants ranged from a $2,850 Training grant, awarded to the Armagh & East Wheatfield Township Volunteer Fire Department, Armagh, PA; to a $769,381 Operations and Safety grant award to the William P. Brooks Hose Company, Fillmore, NY.

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