FEMA Announces Continuing Training Grant Funding

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management AgencyOn July 24, 2013, FEMA released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Continuing Training Grant (CTG) program totaling more than $7.8 million. The CTG will help strengthen national preparedness and provide specialized training to help first responders, homeland security/emergency management officials and citizens prepare for all types of disasters.

The grants will be awarded to:

  • State and local entities;
  • Non-profit national associations and organizations;
  • Non-profit higher education institutions; and
  • Non-profits.

Applications for the FY 2013 CTG program FOA can be found at www.grants.gov and must be submitted by August 16, 2013.

FY2013 SAFER Grant Program Application Period Now Open

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsOnline applications are now being accepted for FY 2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants. The deadline for all SAFER grant applications will be Friday, August 30, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

For information on how to apply, visit the SAFER Grants Web Page on the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Website (www.fema.gov/firegrants).

The first step is to read the FY 2013 SAFER Funding Opportunity Announcement. This document describes how to apply for a grant, activities that will be funded, types of organizations that are eligible to receive awards, the evaluation criteria for making awards, and the federal requirements for grantees.

Activities Eligible for SAFER Grants:

  • Hiring of Firefighters (Career, Combination, and Volunteer Fire Departments)
  • Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters (Combination and Volunteer Fire Departments and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters)

Closeout Modules for FY2009 and FY2010 Grant Periods Available Now

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)The closeout modules for FY 2009 and 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and Fire Prevention and Safety (FPS) programs have been deployed and are now available to grantees to complete and submit their required closeout reports.

As a reminder, grantees are provided 90 days from the availability of the closeout module to complete and submit their closeout reports before they are considered delinquent. Failure to complete and submit the required closeout report within that time period will result in the grantee being considered delinquent and may result in either the denial or “freezing” of a payment or amendment request, and may prevent future awards until such time as they have been completed.

The FY 2011 AFG and FPS closeout module is currently not available, but are expected to be available in the spring of 2014.

If you require assistance with your closeout, please do not hesitate to contact the AFG Help Desk at: 1-866-274-0960 or via email at firegrants@dhs.gov.

AFG Presentation at Fire-Rescue International

Get the latest programmatic updates from key AFG leaders during an informative workshop during Fire-Rescue International on Thursday, August 15, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Please join Cathie Patterson, AFG Branch Chief, David Gudinas, AFG Section Chief, and Maggie Wilson, SAFER & FP&S Section Chief, as they provide a detailed overview of changes and impact of the recent re-authorization by Congress as well as discuss program updates and best practices and lessons learned.

This will be an interactive session, so bring your questions. Be sure to also visit the AFG booth, #5242.

$1,306,714 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 13 FP&S 2012

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

FEMA awarded 9 Fire Prevention grants, totaling $1,306,714, to departments and organizations around the country. Award amounts ranged from an $11,875 Fire Prevention grant, awarded to the Sheppton-Oneida Vol. Fire Co., Sheppton, PA, to a $564,564 Fire Prevention grant, awarded to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, Frankfort, IL.

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

$8,418,076 Fire Grant Awarded in Round 31 SAFER 2012

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

FEMA awarded $8,418,076 in Fire Grants to 7 departments nationwide. Award amounts ranged from a $151,800 Hiring Fire Grant to the Dudley Fire Department, Dudley, NC, to a $2,406,684 Hiring Fire Grant to the Linden Fire Department, Linden, NJ.

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

FY2013 Staffing For Adequate Fire And Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program to Open July 29, 2013

Starting Monday, July 29, 2013, online applications will be accepted for FY 2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants. The deadline for all SAFER grant applications will be Friday, August 30, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

How to Apply: For information on how to apply, visit the SAFER Grants Web Page on the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Website (www.fema.gov/firegrants).

The first step is to read the FY 2013 SAFER Funding Opportunity Announcement. This document describes how to apply for a grant, activities that will be funded, types of organizations that are eligible to receive awards, the evaluation criteria for making awards, and the federal requirements for grantees.

Activities Eligible for SAFER Grants:

  • Hiring of Firefighters (Career, Combination, and Volunteer Fire Departments)
  • Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters (Combination and Volunteer Fire Departments and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters)

Important: All Applicants and Grantees Must Register in the System for Award Management (SAM)

Starting with the FY 2013 AFG Program, all applicants are required to be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting their application.

All Grant Applicants: Please ensure that your entity has an active registration in SAM.gov. Registration is required to award all new awards for FY 2012 and 2013. It may take several days for a newly submitted registration to become active.

Potential Applicants? If you are thinking about applying for FY 2013 funds, you should register your organization on SAM.gov as soon as possible. Register in SAM.gov as soon as you can. Don’t wait for the application period to open.

Current Grantees: Current grantees must have an active registration in SAM.gov to avoid delays in receiving approval of amendment and payment requests.

Remember that 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. You may see the websites of private businesses or contractors that will register your organization in SAM for you, for a fee. These websites often look like government websites at first glance. BUT remember that paying any fee is unnecessary to use SAM.gov and its resources.

FY2013 SAFER Grant Program Tools and Resources Available

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsA number of resources have been developed to help potential applicants plan and submit their SAFER grant applications. The following resources can be downloaded from the SAFER Grant Web Page:

SAFER Grants Get Ready Guides. A short guide to help you kick-start your grant application and identify and address the most important elements of all the grant application questions.

SAFER Grant Self-Evaluation Sheets. Based on the application scoring dimensions used by peer reviewers, these tools can help you assess your organization’s readiness to apply for a grant and help you plan your grant application.

AFG Help Desk. If you have questions about the FP&S Funding Opportunity Announcement or any of the resources, contact the AFG Help Desk by telephone (toll-free at 1-866-274-0960) or by e-mail (firegrants@fema.dhs.gov).

$1,079,011 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 35 AFG 2012

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

FEMA awarded $1,079,011 Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 19 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants ranged from a $4,896 Training grant, awarded to the Medford Volunteer Fire Department, Lake City, TN; to a $201,825 Equipment grant award to the Lititz Fire Company #1, Lititz, PA.

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

$4,966,250 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 12 FP&S 2012

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

FEMA awarded 19 Fire Prevention grants, totaling $4,966,250, to departments and organizations around the country. Award amounts ranged from an $8,000 Fire Prevention grant, awarded to the Fairfield Fire Department, Fairfield, CA, to a $999,988 Research grant, awarded to the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

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