AFG Application Period for FY 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)The FY 2015 AFG application period will open on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 8 am EST and will close on January 15, 2016 at 5 PM EST. Application assistance tools are available. Begin your application now by utilizing the application assistance tools available below.

FY 2015 Assistance to Firefighter (AFG) Application Assistance Tools

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – Available Now
  • Application Workshop Schedule
  • Workshop Presentation
  • AFG Get Ready Guides: Get Ready Guide – AFG Narrative, and Get Ready Guide – Grant Application
  • AFG Self-Evaluation Assistance: Operations & Safety, and Vehicle Acquisition
  • AFG Application Checklist
  • AFG Cost Share Calculator

FY 2015 AFG Funding Opportunity Announcement (NOFO) Available Now

It is important to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) thoroughly. The NOFO contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.

You can now view the FY 2015 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Updates: Program Digest, Climate Resilient Mitigation, Cost Estimating

FEMA HMA

Nov. 17, 2015 – Recently, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration (FIMA) published several new documents in the FEMA Resource & Document Library to support the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest 2015

The HMA Program Digest is an easy-to-read, easy-to use, summary of the basic HMA program elements. The Digest was updated to include program changes resulting from the publication of the 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance.

Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities

The President’s 2015 Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative (OGSI); Executive Order 13653 Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change; the President’s 2013 Climate Action Plan; FEMA’s Climate Change Adaptation Policy; and the 2014‐2018 FEMA Strategic Plan, all identify the risks and impacts associated with climate change on community resilience to natural hazards, and direct Federal agencies to support climate resilient infrastructure.

FEMA is helping communities to incorporate methods to mitigate the impacts of climate change into HMA funded risk reduction activities by providing guidance on Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities. FEMA has developed initial guidance on Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities including green infrastructure methods, expanded ecosystem service benefits, and three flood reduction and drought mitigation activities: Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR), Floodplain and Stream Restoration (FSR), and Flood Diversion and Storage (FDS).

FEMA encourages communities to use this information in developing eligible HMA project applications that leverage risk reduction actions and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Cost Estimating Principles for HMA Applications Presentation Slides

FEMA is sharing slides from a previous webinar on cost estimating for project applications. The presentation provides a general overview of the principles of reviewing cost estimates for HMA projects (throughout the grant lifecycle). The presentation provides a process for determining “reasonable costs” as part of grant application review, and discusses the bidding process and contract types. States and local communities are encouraged to use these training materials to help prepare HMA project applications.

AFG Application Period for FY 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

Public Safety Grant News – FEMA

The FY 2015 AFG application period will open on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 8 am EST and will close on January 15, 2016 at 5 PM EST. Application assistance tools are available. Begin your application now by utilizing the application assistance tools available below.

FY 2015 Assistance to Firefighter (AFG) Application Assistance Tools

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)– Available Now
  • Application Workshop Schedule
  • Workshop Presentation
  • AFG Get Ready Guides:Get Ready Guide – AFG Narrative, andGet Ready Guide – Grant Application
  • AFG Self-Evaluation Assistance:Operations & Safety, andVehicle Acquisition
  • AFG Application Checklist
  • AFG Cost Share Calculator

FY 2015 AFG Funding Opportunity Announcement (NOFO) Available Now

It is important toread the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)thoroughly. The NOFO contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.

You can now view the FY 2015 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

5 Demographic Resources for Your Grant Applications

Bookmark these grant resources

Trying to write stronger, more competitive public safety grant applications?

Bookmark these resources to keep them handy when working on your next grant applications.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)

Obtain highway safety information statistics for your grants involving these types of issues. Many grants for transportation-related programs, DUI Enforcement, Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs etc. come from the DOT. The BTS was created for data collection, analysis, and reporting. This site is where they hold their statistical data.

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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.

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FreeLunch.com

Variety of free statistical information, including economic, demographic and financial data. Information you select is put into your online basket. After you finish searching, download the basket contents. Registration is required, but everything is free of charge.

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Google Earth Pro

Google Earth Pro is now available for free. It expands the functionality of Google Earth with advanced features and tools, including: advanced measurements (distance, radius, proximity, and area), high-resolution printing, exclusive pro data layers (such as demographics and traffic counts), spreadsheet import, GIS import, and movie export.

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National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Resource Officers and After School Latchkey Kids programs will find this site invaluable. From the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, the NCES is the primary federal entity responsible for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations.

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AFG Dear John Letters Released

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsFEMA has released rejection letters for the FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). Funding award rounds have also been completed.

“If your letter was received on Oct. 26, that’s an indication that you were rejected by the computer,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “If you got your notification on Oct. 30, then you went to peer panel you just didn’t score well enough to get into the money.”

AFG expected to open for applications in the next few weeks. Departments wanting to increase their odds of submitting a competitive, fundable grant are advised to contact First Responder Grants and/or attend an upcoming live training session or sign up for our take-anytime online Winning AFG course.

FEMA FY2015 PDM and FMA Grant Application Status

FEMA grant status: PDM and FMA

FEMA – On October 30, 2015, FEMA announced that it has completed its review of the Fiscal Year 2015 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) applications and has posted the status of the applications on the FEMA website.

FEMA has identified PDM and FMA applications for further review based on the agency’s priorities and available funding as announced in the Notice of Funding Opportunity for each grant program posted on www.grants.gov on May 29, 2015.

FEMA will not send notification letters to each applicant regarding their status. Rather, applicants should review the status of each application online:

FEMA will work with applicants to complete required pre-award activities for those applications identified for further review before making a final decision. Applicants are encouraged to contact their FEMA Regional Office for additional information.