Live AFG Application Information Webinars

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Oct. 16, 2015 – Beginning on Monday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m. EDT, FEMA will host a series of live Adobe Connect webinars walking applicants through the FY 2015 AFG application. These webinars will cover every section of the application. A webinar for each applicant type is scheduled as indicated below. This is an opportunity to view the FY 2015 application before the application period begins. FEMA Fire Program Specialists will be available to answer your questions.

The webinars will be approximately one hour in length. The webinars will end after the 2nd week of the open application period, specific dates TBA.

Currently Scheduled Topics

Topic Day of Week Dates Time
Fire Department Vehicle Application Monday 10/19 – 11/30 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
Regional Application (Operations & Safety and Vehicle) Tuesday 10/20 – 12/1 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
Fire Department Operations & Safety Wednesday 10/21 -12/2 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
Non-Affiliated EMS Vehicle & Ops Thursday 10/23 – 11/30 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Live Webinars

To participate:

Webinar sessions will be broadcast using an Adobe Connect webinar link with call-in phone number for audio transmission. We suggest that you save this link to your browser’s favorites.

The Adobe Connect webinar can be found at To access the webinar follow these steps:

  • Click on the webinar link
  • Select “enter as a guest” and provide your name and your department’s name. Click on enter the room
  • Agree to the terms of the Adobe Connect system, Click on “OK”
  • For the audio transmission, the call-in number is: 1-800-320-4330. Enter pin # 530853.

Not sure if the webinar is working on your computer? Test your webinar access now by signing in as a guest, just visit:

Application Period for the FY2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Coming Soon

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Oct. 16, 2015 – The FY 2015 AFG application period is right around the corner with an anticipated November start date. The open application period dates will be released as soon as the information becomes available.

Begin preparing for the open application period now by reviewing the technical assistance documents below.

Wood County Schools Receive Security Grant From Video Insight

Wood County Schools will use its grant to keep students and staff safer.

Public Safety Grant News – Campus Safety Magazine

Oct. 9, 2015 – PARKERSBURG, W.V. — Video Insight, a developer of enterprise IP video surveillance software, has awarded Wood County Schools a $20,000 grant as part of its School Security In-Kind Grant Program.

As a grant recipient, Wood County Schools will receive Video Insight video management software (VMS) licenses; 16 IP video surveillance cameras; 1 video encoder that includes VMS software licenses; 10 years of software upgrades; one year of a customer assurance program; and product training.

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When will the 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant open?

Get ready now for a competitive AFG application period

ATTENTION: All prospective 2015 AFG applicants

All Fire and EMS departments are advised that the 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) is predicted to open in mid-November. The closing date is expected to be just before Christmas 2015. That means we will be dealing with the holidays, adding extra time pressures on departments applying for AFG.

Departments seeking First Responder Grants AFG assistance

If you intend to file a 2015 AFG application, you should be writing your rough drafts at this time with the intent of having those rough drafts to Kurt Bradley for review and commenting by not later than Nov 1.

If you have not previously discussed your 2015 AFG application project with Kurt personally, call 863-551-9598 immediately to discuss, so that we can get you on track and keep you on time. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!

Last year’s AFG was the single most competitive grant year we have ever had in AFG, and this year looks to be a repeat of the same. Your applications must be A+ applications to get funded. Funding scoring lines were moved upwards this year, which means your application had to literally be in top 2-5% of all applications received, in order to be funded. Turn-down rates this year are at about 80% of all applications received.

Don’t delay, start today!

Call Kurt at 863-551-9598 today

7 Grants for Officer Safety & Public Safety

Mass shootings and MCIs continue to plague our nation. The 7 grant programs below can help you prevent these incidents, decrease casualties, and improve officer safety.

NRA Foundation Grants

Promote, Advance & Encourage Firearms, the Shooting Sports & Hunting Safety

NRA Foundation grants provide essential program funding, ensuring the availability of quality training and educational opportunities nationwide. Grants benefit programs such as youth education, law enforcement training, hunter education, conservation, firearms and marksmanship training and safety, and much more

Deadline: Ongoing

Learn more & apply

Armor of God Ballistic Vests Grants

Providing Recycled Ballistic Vests To LEOs Since 2009

Thousands of law enforcement professionals in the United States and around the world are working in dangerous environments and they do not have a ballistic vest to protect them. In addition, thousands of officers are graciously provided new ballistic vests every 5 years. While the manufacturer warranty may be expired, often the vest will still effectively protect those that do not have one. The Armor of God Project began in 2009 and is dedicated to protecting those that protect us. Ten-Four Ministries will recycle used ballistic vests and provide them to officers that need them.

Deadline: Ongoing

Learn more & apply

NRA Public Range Fund Grant Program

Law Enforcement Agencies Seeking Grant Funding

The NRA Public Range Fund was established in 2009 as a matching grant program to encourage city and county governments, and state or federal agencies, to work with NRA on efforts to build and improve public ranges across the United States.

Deadline: Ongoing

Learn more & apply

Video Insight Surveillance/Security Software Grants

50 $20,000 Video Security Grants for Schools and Colleges

Video Insight has developed the School Security Grant to help schools that lack funds implement a video surveillance solution and to give back to these communities in need. Beginning in January 2014, and for each month throughout the year, a school or college will be chosen to receive the software and equipment necessary to implement a video surveillance solution.

Deadline: Ongoing

Learn more & apply

New York State DCJS Soft Body Armor Program

Full Reimbursement to New York State Law Enforcement

To help defer the costs of life-saving body armor for municipal police agencies, the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) administers the Bullet Proof Vest Reimbursement Program. This is a open-ended reimbursement program: police agencies may be fully reimbursed for the purchase of vests any time during the fiscal year. However, this program covers only vests for new hires of police officer status. It does not provide reimbursements for replacement vests or funds for newly hired peace officers.

Deadline: Ongoing

Learn more & apply

Kentucky OHS Law Enforcement Protection Program

Kentucky Law Enforcement Equipment Grants: Body Armor, Fire Arms, Ammunition, Electronic-Control Devices/Weapons, Electron-Muscular Disruption Technology

The Law Enforcement Protection Program enables Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) to provide funds for equipment to law-enforcement agencies across Kentucky. LEPP provides grants to sworn peace officers and service animals.

Deadline: Ongoing

Learn more & apply

North Carolina League of Municipalities Body Armor Grants

Body Armor for North Carolina Police Officers

For those participating in the RMS workers compensation program, the pool will help pay the cost of providing body armor for police officers. The workers compensation program will pay 50 percent of the cost, up to $250 for qualified purchases.

Deadline: Ongoing

Learn more & apply

Big Fire Grant Wins for First Responder Grants Clients and Students

Fire grants such as the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) are a big deal to the Fire Service. Winning one of these fire grant awards can make all the difference to a department trying to replace old equipment or add new personnel.

That makes these grants a big deal to us too. We are so proud of our past and current clients and students for their victories in recent fire grant award rounds from both programs:

  • For AFG104 of our students and clients have won a total of $13,632,394 in fire grant funding for vehicle acquisitions, equipment procurement, and more.
  • For SAFER, 16 of our students and clients have won a total of $24,764,989 in fire grant funding for recruitment and hiring.

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.

Fire Sprinkler Legislation Introduced in House and Senate

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Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)Fire Grant News – Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

Sept. 25, 2015 – On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, Congressmen Tom Reed (NY-23) and James Langevin (RI-2) introduced H.R. 3591, the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Thomas Carper (DE) introduced identical legislation, S. 2068, in the Senate on the same day. First introduced following the deadly Station Nightclub fire in West Warwick, RI in 2003, the legislation creates a tax incentive for property owners to retrofit existing buildings with automatic sprinkler systems.

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Image: Brandon Leon