Training Opportunity Announcement: E705 Fundamentals of Grants Management

FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate will conduct the Fundamentals of Grants Management course for recipients currently receiving FEMA federal financial assistance. The course, part of the Grants Management Technical Assistance (GMTA) Program, is designed to enhance the recipient’s ability to administer and manage their federal financial assistance.

  • Training Announcement: E705 Fundamentals of Grants Management June 29-July 1, 2015 and October 6-8, 2015
  • Location: Emergency Management Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD
  • Application Deadlines: May 22 and September 4, 2015
  • Course Length: 3 days

This course is designed for:

  • Current FEMA recipients
  • Direct recipients of FEMA federal financial assistance
  • Individuals with less than 10 years grants management experience

This course covers high-level grant management principles with the understanding that processes may differ from program to program and recipients will need to play close attention to their Notice of Funding Opportunity/Program Guidance’s for more specific details.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Improve collaboration among policy, program, and financial staff to integrate grant management functions.
  • Identify applicable regulations, navigate and apply the FEMA Code of Federal Regulations, including 2 C.F.R 200.
  • Apply proven business practices related to the grant lifecycle to increase efficiency and meet grant management priorities such as strategic planning, organization, program implementation, staff training, monitoring, reporting, and audits.
  • Develop or revise policies, procedures and practices in critical areas of grants management such as monitoring, procurement, source documentation, payments, and equipment inventory.
  • Prepare for Federal monitoring and sub-recipient monitoring.

Organizations are strongly encouraged to attend as teams comprised of policy, program and financial grants management staff. Please check with your Program Analyst/Manager to see if travel costs for this training are part of your Management and Administration costs. Note: EMI does not provide travel reimbursement or student stipends for this course.

Application Instructions: Please submit a copy of the EMI application located at

The link to the State Training Officers:

In BLOCK 16 of the EMI application, you MUST indicate your role in the management of an awarded FEMA grant. Applications must be signed by the applicant, their supervisor and the State Training Officer. A link to the state training officers is listed above (STO signature is required per BLOCK 23 of the application).

Follow additional instructions at:

Please submit your completed application in PDF format to: Christine A. Spangler [email protected]. Training Specialist, FEMA EMI.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact [email protected].

8 First Responder Grants Client Win $427,833 in AFG FY2014 Fire Grant Awards

8 departments who have worked with First Responder Grants have won a total of $427,833 in fire grants during Round 1 awards from the FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. These grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Results, that’s what matters, and FRG delivers!” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “Today’s announcement of first-round winners in the 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program produced those results. Eight First Responder Grants clients received funds for equipment and training to keep their members and citizens safer in their respective communities. Using a professional consultant increases your chances of success in these grant programs, as illustrated here today with the announcement of these grant awards.”

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 public safety agencies like yours win over $1,000,000,000 in grant funding. Our grant writing training students learn to write competitive grants that bring home additional funding dollars to your agency, but that’s not all. Students receiving First Responder Grants training in grant writing maintain a documented +80% success rate at winning a grant award after attending our classes—many on their very first application.

$19,552,914 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 1 AFG 2014

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the first award round for the FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) fire grants program.

FEMA awarded $19,552,914 to 162 Fire Service organizations throughout the US. Awards ranged from a $7,620 Operations and Safety Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Fire Grant, awarded to the Hunters Chapel Fire Department, Branchville, SC, to a $875,435 Operations and Safety Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Fire Grant, awarded to the City of Riverside Fire Department, Riverside, CA.

See the full FY2014 AFG fire grant award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!