Application Period for FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Opens Nov. 3

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

Opens: Mon., Nov. 3, 2014, 8 a.m. EST
Closes: Fri., Dec. 5, 2014, 5 p.m. EST

The FY2014 AFG application period opens Monday, November 3, 2014, at 8 am EST, and will close on Friday, December 5, 2014, at 5 pm EST. The FY2014 AFG Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will be published to the AFG website during the day on Wednesday, October 29, or early Thursday, October 30.

AFG will issue additional e-Blasts to announce when the FOA, as well as other technical assistance documents have been made available. Please visit the AFG website below access all available AFG application assistance documents:

FY 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Application Assistance Tools

  • Get Ready Guide – AFG Narrative
  • Get Ready Guide – Grants Management
  • Get Ready Guide – Grant Application
  • AFG Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) – Coming Soon
  • Additional application assistance tools coming soon.

    SAM.gov Registration Required to Submit Your FY2014 AFG Application

    The FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG) open application period is coming soon. All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can submit an application.

    Per 2 CFR § 25.205, FEMA may not make an award to an entity until the entity has complied with the requirements to provide a valid DUNS number and maintain an active SAM registration with current information. The System for Award Management (SAM) consolidates federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

    To register, or validate your information, please visit: www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/

    SAM.gov Registration Tips

    Please ensure the following items are current in SAM and the DUNS number used in SAM is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:

    • Organization’s name
    • Address
    • DUNS number
    • EIN
    • Banking information (type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number
    • Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) is FREE
    • SAM registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually
    • FEMA has prepared a technical assistance document, the SAM.gov Get Ready Guide. This document is designed to walk you through the SAM.gov registration process
    • This information should be consistent in all registration documents

    Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help:

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    6 Ways to Find Population Data

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    Write a Stronger Application for Your Next Public Safety Grant

    When working on a grant, population and demographic data make your case stronger and your application more competitive. Here are 6 indispensable resources for population data and other demographics.

    American FactFinder

    Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census. The NEW American FactFinder website includes the latest data from Census 2010 and the 2010 American Community Survey.

    Census Introduction to U.S. Census and Demographic Information – Research & Technology Guides, University of Michigan Library

    A general guide to understanding and finding demographic data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Child Statistics

    Easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment,and education.

    State and Local Government Information – Research and Technology Guides at University of Michigan Library – Grant Writing Websites

    A guide for those seeking government information, statistics and data at the state, county and city level.

    State Data Center Program – U.S. Census

    Use this shortcut when searching the U.S. Census Bureau for relevant statistics about your state. Since 1978, the State Data Center (SDC) Program makes data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments. The program is a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau, the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the island areas (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands).

    U.S. Census Bureau

    When a grant application talks about information regarding “census blocks,” this is where you go to get it. Probably one of the websites that grant writers visit the most as it contains almost anything you want to know about the demographics of an area, from an entire nation down to several city blocks.

    More resources to help you write stronger, more competitive grant applications:

    No SAM Registration? No AFG Award!

    The FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG) open application period is coming soon. All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can submit an application. Per 2 CFR § 25.205, FEMA may not make an award to an entity until the entity has complied with the requirements to provide a valid DUNS number and maintain an active SAM registration with current information. The System for Award Management (SAM) consolidates federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

    To register, or validate your information, please visit: www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM.

    SAM.gov Registration Tips

    Please ensure the following items are current in SAM and the DUNS number used in SAM is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:

    • Organization’s name
    • Address
    • DUNS number
    • EIN
    • Banking information (type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number
    • Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) is FREE
    • SAM registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually
    • FEMA has prepared a technical assistance document, the SAM.gov Get Ready Guide. This document is designed to walk you through the SAM.gov registration process
    • This information should be consistent in all registration documents

    Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help

    FY2014 AFG Application Preparation

    Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)The FY 2014 AFG open application period is right around the corner. Begin preparing your application now by reviewing the guidance materials that are available now. The FY 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and other guidance materials will be available soon.

    FY 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Application Assistance Tools

    Additional application assistance tools coming soon.

    2014 AFG Application Dates Announced!

    The FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG) opens for applications on Tues., Nov. 4, and closes on Thurs., Dec 6.

    Does your agency want our expert grant help on your AFG application? If so, you must contact Kurt Bradley by Oct. 20 to reserve our help. Spots are filling up fast.

    In order to guarantee completion by the Dec. 6 application deadline, you must establish the project you seek AFG for and supply a rough draft of your application and narrative to Kurt by Nov 15.

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