DOJ Awards Hiring Grants for School Safety Officers

Law Enforcement Grant News from Campus Safety Magazine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced funding awards to 263 cities and counties, aimed at creating, and in some cases protecting, 937 law enforcement positions. More than $125 million will be awarded nationally, including nearly $45 million to fund 356 new school resource officer (SRO) positions…

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$2,682,240 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 39 SAFER 2012

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

FEMA awarded 3 Fire grants, totaling $2,682,240, to the following departments around the country:

  • Carpio Fire Department, Carpio, ND, Recruitment, $66,000
  • Calabash Fire Department, Calabash, NC, Hiring, $216,240
  • City of Newburgh Fire Department, Newburgh, NY, Hiring, $2,400,000

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

Impacts That AFG Grantees Can Expect in the Event of a Lapse in FY2014 Appropriations

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)The following is an important special message sent on behalf of Brian Kamoie, Assistant Administrator for Grant Programs, DHS/FEMA.

As many of you are aware, Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 funding for the Federal Government expires on September 30, 2013. However, there is enough time for Congress to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to maintain our current operations and prevent a lapse in funding on October 1.

Prudent management requires that we be prepared for all contingencies, including the possibility of a government hiatus. If funding lapses on October 1, many government activities will cease because they no longer have the authority to incur further financial obligations, except those necessary to suspend operations. Employees who are associated with those activities would be temporarily furloughed.

To prepare for this possibility, we are working to update our contingency plans for executing an orderly shutdown of activities that would be affected by a lapse in appropriations.

Impacts that FEMA Grantees Can Expect in the Event of a Lapse in FY2014 Appropriations

In the event of a lapse of FY14 appropriations, we have prepared the following information to address the questions of many of our grant recipients:

Will the lapse affect my grant?

  • Grant-funded projects for which funding has been awarded, obligated, and released by FEMA will not be affected by the lapse of FY14 appropriations and work can continue unimpeded.
  • Grantees will not be able to draw down funds for Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER), Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG), or Fire Prevention and Safety grants because these rely on manual processes that will not be staffed during a lapse in appropriations.
  • FEMA will not announce FY13 AFG or SAFER awards during the lapse in appropriations and reimbursement for SAFER invitational travelers will be delayed.
  • FEMA staff is working to release as many fund holds as possible prior to close of business on Monday, September 30, 2013.

What if I have questions or need help with my grant?

  • Unfortunately, no FEMA grant staff will be available to answer grantee questions during a lapse in FY14 appropriations; however, we will work closely with grantees who have questions once the lapse has ended.
  • FEMA’s grant help desks will not be staffed, including the Centralized Information and Scheduling Desk (ASKCSID), Grant Award and Administration Control Desk, and Assistance to Firefighters Grants Help Desk.
  • During the lapse, FEMA grant staff will not be able to address rejected payment requests or problems related to holds, missing reports, or to reset passwords for grants processed through the PARS and Smart-link systems.

I know that the budget uncertainties put our workforce in a difficult situation and that many employees, as well as those we serve every day, would face hardships should a funding lapse occur. As we approach the end of the month, I am committed to providing you with updated and timely information on any further developments.

Situations like this are always difficult and your hard work, dedication, and patience through this process are appreciated. Thank you for your continued service to our mission and to the Nation.

$496,496 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 22 FP&S 2012

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

FEMA awarded 8 Fire Prevention grants, totaling $496,496, to departments and organizations around the country. Award amounts ranged from a $5,871 Fire Prevention grant, awarded to the District 6 VFD, Van Buren, AR, to a $132,640 Fire Prevention grant, awarded to the ProLiteracy Worldwide, Syracuse, NY.

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

$243,447 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 45 AFG 2012

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

FEMA awarded 8 Operations and Safety Fire grants, totaling $243,447, to departments and organizations around the country. Award amounts ranged from a $5,035 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) grant, awarded to the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department, Carthage, MS, to a $91,139 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) grant, awarded to the Henlawson VFD, Henlawson, WV.

To-date 2,487 fire grants totaling $281,783,176 have been awarded, with 2,386 awards for $250,870,377 for Operations and Safety Grants, and 101 awards for $30,912,799 for Vehicle Acquisition Grants. The average award size has been $105,143 for Operations and Safety, and $306,067 for Vehicle Acquisition. The total appropriation for FY2012 AFG is $285,625,000, with $214,218,750 allocated for Operations and Safety Grants, and $71,406,250 allocated for Vehicle Acquisition Grants. Thanks to user onebugle at the Firehouse.com Forums for compiling these statistics.

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

$601,680 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 38 SAFER 2012

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

FEMA awarded 2 Fire grants, totaling $601,680, to the following departments around the country:

  • Artisan Fire Company, Jermyn, PA, Recruitment, $136,293
  • Knappa-Svensen-Burnside RFPD, Astoria, OR, Recruitment, $465,387

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

Get Ready for FY2013 AFG: SAM.gov, Workshops, Technical Assistance Tools

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)As part of preparing fire departments and other qualifying agencies for FY2013 AFG, FEMA has released an announcement for the following resources.

SAM.gov Registration Required to Submit Your FY 2013 AFG Application

Starting with the upcoming FY2013 AFG application period, a valid registration in the System for Award Management (SAM), formerly the Central Contractor Registry, or CCR, will be required in order to submit an AFG application.

Federal law now requires that applicants to Federal grant programs have a valid registration within SAM.gov at the time of registration. Applicants will be asked to affirm that they have a current registration prior to submitting their application.

As part of the SAM.gov registration process, every eligible grantee must have their SAM.gov account validated through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and have their CAGE (Commercial and Government Entity) code validated in order to be eligible for award. These validations are conducted as part of the registration process after the organization has submitted their SAM.gov registration.

A valid SAM.gov registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award. A valid SAM.gov registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award. If your department has not yet registered within SAM.gov, you are encouraged to do.

SAM.gov is administered through the Government Services Administration (GSA). Technical assistance may be obtained through the Federal Service Desk at 866-606-8220. Please be advised that during peak activity periods, it may take more than 2 weeks to complete the registration process.

AFG Regional Workshops and Webinars Now Being Conducted

In preparation for the FY 2013 application period, workshops and webinars are being conducted by AFG Regional Fire Program Specialists.

Whether in person, or through webinars, these presentations provide a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the funding priorities for the upcoming application period as well as provide an opportunity to bring your questions about the AFG grant programs directly to the experts. A current listing of the workshops and webinars scheduled are now available on the AFG website.

Schedules are subject to change and are updated frequently. Visit this website or contact your Regional Fire Program Specialist to confirm the workshop schedule for your region.

FY2013 AFG Technical Assistance Tools Now Available

In preparation for the FY 2013 AFG application period, the following resources are now available on the AFG website:

  • FY 2013 AFG Get Ready Guide
  • FY 2013 AFG Narrative Guide
  • FY 2013 AFG Self Evaluation for Operations & Safety
  • FY 2013 AFG Self Evaluation for Vehicle Applicants
  • FY 2013 AFG Regional Workshop Presentation

AFG has recently introduced a series of videos designed to provide additional technical assistance. Topics include:

  • Getting a Grant
  • Procurement Integrity
  • AFG Vehicle Grants

Additional videos as well as the FY 2013 AFG Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will be available soon.

$39,805 Fire Grants Awarded in Round 21 FP&S 2012

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

FEMA awarded 3 Fire Prevention grants, totaling $39,805, to departments and organizations around the country:

  • Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department, Wellsville, OH, Fire Prevention, $2,850
  • Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department, Blacksburg, SC, Fire Prevention, $6,270
  • Baileys Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, Baileys Harbor, WI, Fire Prevention, $30,685

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

$511,871 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 44 AFG 2012

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

FEMA awarded 8 Operations and Safety Fire grants, totaling $511,871, to departments and organizations around the country. Award amounts ranged from a $4,750 Equipment grant, awarded to the Washington Fire and Rescue, Washington, NH, to a $123,120 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) grant, awarded to the Wysox Volunteer Fire Company, Wysox, PA.

To-date 2,479 fire grants totaling $281,539,729 have been awarded, with 2,378 awards for $250,626,930 for Operations and Safety Grants, and 101 awards for $30,912,799 for Vehicle Acquisition Grants. The average award size has been $105,394 for Operations and Safety, and $306,067 for Vehicle Acquisition. The total appropriation for FY2012 AFG is $285,625,000, with $214,218,750 allocated for Operations and Safety Grants, and $71,406,250 allocated for Vehicle Acquisition Grants. Thanks to user onebugle at the Firehouse.com Forums for compiling these statistics.

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

FY2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Workshops Schedule

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA is currently providing technical assistance to help organizations prepare for the upcoming FY 2013 application period schedule to run later this fall. Workshops are designed to provide valuable information and insights to potential applicants understand the FY 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and its funding priorities.

Workshops will be delivered by two methods:

  • Live Presentations
  • Conference Call with Webinar

View Schedule by FEMA Region

The schedule is dynamic and workshops will be added, repeated and varied in day and time to allow for the widest possible participation and anticipated demand. The online schedule is updated frequently, so check back often, or contact your local FEMA Regional Fire Program Specialists for the current schedule in your area.

FY 2013 AFG Workshops Schedule

Presentation topics will include:

  • Programmatic changes since FY 2012
  • Funding priorities
  • AFG funding opportunities
  • Application evaluation criteria
  • SAM.gov registration

Live Workshops

  • Registration is not required to attend.
  • Each workshop is approximately 2 hours in length

Conference Call with Webinar Workshops

  • Registration is required to participate
  • Each workshop is approximately 1 – 2 hours in length
  • A toll free FEMA 800 conference call phone number with PIN will be provided after you register
  • Selected workshops will also offer visual material via your web browser (Webinar).
  • Download the workshop presentation in PDF