FEMA: E-Grants Login Screen Update

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management AgencyEffective February 29, 2016, the login screen for the E-Grants system will be updated. While the primary purpose of the update is for Federal users, the new login screen will look different for all users. However, applicants and grant recipients will continue to log in using your user name and password to gain access to the E-Grants system.

FEMA: E-Grants Login Screen Update

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management AgencyEffective February 29, 2016, the login screen for the E-Grants system will be updated. While the primary purpose of the update is for Federal users, the new login screen will look different for all users. However, applicants and grant recipients will continue to log in using your user name and password to gain access to the E-Grants system.

SAFER Application Period Is Open. Start Your Application Now!

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe FY 2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant application period is underway and will close on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. EST. We recommend that you start your application today by reviewing the FY 2015 SAFER Application Assistance Tools. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants plan their FY 2015 SAFER applications.

Application Assistance Tools and Tips Are Available

FY 2015 SAFER Application Assistance Tools

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • Application Checklist: This checklist will help you prepare your SAFER grant application
  • Self-Evaluation – Hiring of Firefighters. Rehiring, retention, attrition, and new hires; and career, combination, and volunteer fire departments
  • Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Fire Departments: Combination and volunteer fire departments
  • Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Interest Organizations: National, State, Local, or Tribal Volunteer Firefighters Interest Organizations
  • Economic Hardship Supplemental Information – Hiring of Firefighters: This checklist will help those departments applying under the Hiring of Firefighters category to gather information on the economic conditions of their fire department in preparation of a SAFER grant application
  • FY 2015 SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

SAM.Gov Registration Is Required to Apply and Receive Grants

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.gov registration with current information. SAM.gov consolidates federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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

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

  • Organization’s name
  • Address
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Employer Identification 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 SAM.gov is FREE
  • SAM.gov 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:

  • Submit your SAM.gov question online to the Federal Service Help Desk at https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/home.do
  • Call the Federal Service Help Desk toll free at (866) 606 – 8220
  • SAM Quick Start Guide for New Grantee Registration and SAM Video Tutorial for New Applicants are tools created by the General Services Administration to assist those registering with SAM.gov
  • If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at https://www.fsd.gov.

Submitting Preparer Information

FEMA requires that all applicants disclose the name, address and contact information of the person or organization, to include contracted grant writers, who are responsible for preparing the SAFER application. Please ensure that this information is accurate at the time of submission. As a reminder, all applicants must attest that all information contained within the application, including preparer information, must be true, complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. If you contract with a grant writer, and they either refuse, or provide advice to not list them in the preparer information section of the application, please notify the SAFER program office.

Attention To Detail and Completeness of Your Application

SAFER is one of the most highly competitive grant programs offered through the Federal government. It is important to ensure the accuracy of the information submitted as part of your application, to include, but not limited to, your department’s demographic information, call volume, staffing levels, comprehensive budget breakdowns, recruitment and retention rates, if applicable, as well as the required narrative statements.

Recruitment and Retention Regional Applications: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Requirement

FY 2015 regional awardees will be required to produce, upon FEMA’s request, a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), or similar document. This document will serve to demonstrate that all parties identified as part of the application have agreed to participate in the application, understand their roles and responsibilities as part of any award, and to further identify the distribution and use of any grant funded assets or services. The MOU must be signed and dated by all participating entities. Additional guidance regarding the requirement for MOU’s may be found in the FY 2015 SAFER Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

SAFER Application Period Is Open. Start Your Application Now!

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe FY 2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant application period is underway and will close on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. EST. We recommend that you start your application today by reviewing the FY 2015 SAFER Application Assistance Tools. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants plan their FY 2015 SAFER applications.

Application Assistance Tools and Tips Are Available

FY 2015 SAFER Application Assistance Tools

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • Application Checklist: This checklist will help you prepare your SAFER grant application
  • Self-Evaluation – Hiring of Firefighters. Rehiring, retention, attrition, and new hires; and career, combination, and volunteer fire departments
  • Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Fire Departments: Combination and volunteer fire departments
  • Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Interest Organizations: National, State, Local, or Tribal Volunteer Firefighters Interest Organizations
  • Economic Hardship Supplemental Information – Hiring of Firefighters: This checklist will help those departments applying under the Hiring of Firefighters category to gather information on the economic conditions of their fire department in preparation of a SAFER grant application
  • FY 2015 SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

SAM.Gov Registration Is Required to Apply and Receive Grants

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.gov registration with current information. SAM.gov consolidates federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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

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

  • Organization’s name
  • Address
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Employer Identification 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 SAM.gov is FREE
  • SAM.gov 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:

  • Submit your SAM.gov question online to the Federal Service Help Desk at https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/home.do
  • Call the Federal Service Help Desk toll free at (866) 606 – 8220
  • SAM Quick Start Guide for New Grantee Registration and SAM Video Tutorial for New Applicants are tools created by the General Services Administration to assist those registering with SAM.gov
  • If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at https://www.fsd.gov.

Submitting Preparer Information

FEMA requires that all applicants disclose the name, address and contact information of the person or organization, to include contracted grant writers, who are responsible for preparing the SAFER application. Please ensure that this information is accurate at the time of submission. As a reminder, all applicants must attest that all information contained within the application, including preparer information, must be true, complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. If you contract with a grant writer, and they either refuse, or provide advice to not list them in the preparer information section of the application, please notify the SAFER program office.

Attention To Detail and Completeness of Your Application

SAFER is one of the most highly competitive grant programs offered through the Federal government. It is important to ensure the accuracy of the information submitted as part of your application, to include, but not limited to, your department’s demographic information, call volume, staffing levels, comprehensive budget breakdowns, recruitment and retention rates, if applicable, as well as the required narrative statements.

Recruitment and Retention Regional Applications: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Requirement

FY 2015 regional awardees will be required to produce, upon FEMA’s request, a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), or similar document. This document will serve to demonstrate that all parties identified as part of the application have agreed to participate in the application, understand their roles and responsibilities as part of any award, and to further identify the distribution and use of any grant funded assets or services. The MOU must be signed and dated by all participating entities. Additional guidance regarding the requirement for MOU’s may be found in the FY 2015 SAFER Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants

Feb. 18, 2016 – FEMA has announced the application period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs: March 15–June 15, 2016.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grants

The PDM program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects for the purpose of reducing overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on federal funding from actual disaster declarations.

FEMA is making $90 million available for FY 2016 PDM grants.

See the PDM webpage for more information.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grants

The FMA grant program provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

FEMA is making $199 million available for FY 2016 FMA grants.

See the FMA webpage for more information.

How to Apply

States, Tribes and Territories, or Applicants, must submit their PDM and FMA grant applications to FEMA via the Mitigation eGrants system (MT eGrants) on the FEMA Grants Portal on the Internet at https:/portal.fema.gov by 3 pm (ET) on June 15, 2016.

Local and Tribal governments, or Subapplicants, must submit planning and project sub-applications to their State/Territory Applicant agency. See the Mitigation eGrants System web page for more information. FEMA plans to host MT eGrants system webinars during the application period.

FY 2016 Grant Program Resources

It is important to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for each program posted on Grants.gov as they contain the key program priorities and application requirements for FY 2016:

For example, the agency’s priority for FY 2016 PDM competitive projects is climate resilient mitigation actions (CRMA) and pre- or post-wildfire mitigation activities or any mitigation action that utilizes green infrastructure approaches. More information on CRMA can be found in the FEMA Library. FEMA will host a CRMA webinar on February 19, 2016 at 2pm (ET):

FEMA Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/crma/

Conference Bridge: 1-800-320-4330, PIN 205435#

In addition, the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Unified Guidance posted in the FEMA Library provides detailed information regarding eligibility requirements.

FEMA will host two sessions of the FY 2016 PDM and FMA NOFOs webinar on Monday, February 22 and Thursday, February 25 at 2:30 pm (ET):

FEMA Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/fema-nofo/

Conference Bridge: 1-800-320-4330, PIN 532822#

The webinar will be made available on the FEMA website for those unable to participate.

Subapplicants with questions about the FY 2016 PDM and FMA grant programs should contact their state hazard mitigation officer; Applicants should contact their FEMA Regional office.

FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFire grant funds to add firefighter jobs

Hire, recruit, and retain firefighters

SAFER Website

SAFER Guidelines

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. The goal of the SAFER Grant Program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

In awarding grants, the Administrator of FEMA shall consider the following:

  • The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP)
  • The degree to which an award will reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage by reducing the risks associated with fire related and other hazards
  • The extent of an applicant’s need for a SAFER Grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole

SAFER intends to improve or restore local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced or restored staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.

While not required for a SAFER Grant, it is preferable that the enhanced or restored staffing levels of all SAFER recipients should ensure all first-arriving apparatus are staffed with a minimum of 4 qualified personnel (to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710/1720 standards) who are capable of initiating the suppression response. Ultimately, SAFER recipients should achieve more efficient responses and safer incident scenes; thereby ensuring communities have improved protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

What this grant does for your agency

The SAFER Grant Program is comprised of two categories:

  • Hiring of Firefighters: Including subcategories for rehiring, retention, attrition, and new hires. Career, combination, and volunteer fire departments are eligible to apply
  • Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters: Combination fire departments; volunteer fire departments; and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to
    apply

Agencies awarded the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) receive grants to recruit, hire, and retain firefighters.

  • Available Funding for the NOFO: $340,000,000
  • Projected number of Awards: 300
  • Period of Performance: 12-48 Months
  • Hiring Category: The period of performance will be 24 months for all grants awarded under the hiring category.
  • Recruitment and Retention (R&R) Category: The period of performance will be between 12 and 48 months for all grants awarded under the R&R category.
  • Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): 6/30/2016
  • Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): 6/30/2017 – 6/30/2020

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • Volunteer fire departments and combination fire departments may apply for funding under both the Hiring of Firefighters category and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters category. Separate applications must be completed for each category. Applicants are limited to one application per category, per application period. If an applicant submits two applications for the same category during a single application period, both applications will be disqualified.
  • Career fire departments may apply for funding only under the Hiring of Firefighters category. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.
  • Municipalities and fire districts may submit applications on behalf of fire departments lacking the legal status to do so, such as those under the support of the municipality or district. The municipality or fire district may submit only one application for hiring per application period for each eligible fire department within the municipality or fire district.
  • National, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters and individual fire departments (volunteer or combination) may only apply for funding under the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters category. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.

About the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., Mar. 25, 2016.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-15-GPD-083-000-99 . Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 97.083.

Apply for the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

Globe Turnout Gear Giveaway

New turnout gear for VFDs

4 sets of bunker gear will go to 13 Volunteer Fire Departments

Website and Guidelines

As the world’s largest and most trusted manufacturer of structural firesuits in the world, Globe is giving back to first responders in need through this remarkable donation program. The program launched in 2012, when Globe partnered with DuPont Protection Technologies and the NVFC to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary by giving away turnout gear to volunteer departments in the U.S. and Canada who demonstrated their need. With the success of the 2012 program and the great need among departments for gear, Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies,and the NVFC have created an annual Globe Gear Giveaway program. To date, 299 sets of turnout gear have been awarded to 56 departments.

What this grant does for your agency

In 2016, Globe will donate a total of 52 sets of state-of-the-art turnout gear to 13 all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer fire departments in the U.S. and Canada that are members of the NVFC. Each winning department in the Globe Turnout Gear Giveaway will receive 4 sets of new turnout gear.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines. To be eligible to apply for 4 sets of turnout gear through the 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway, departments must meet the following criteria:

  • Departments must be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50%).
  • Departments must serve a population of 25,000 or less.
  • Department must be located in the United States or Canada and be legally organized under state/province law.
  • Department or individual applying on behalf of the department must be a member of the NVFC. (If you are not a member, join here.) To help departments meet the membership criteria, Globe will provide a complimentary NVFC Membership to the first 500 applicants.
  • Departments must demonstrate a need for the gear.
  • Only one application will be accepted per department. Any subsequent applications received for that department will be disqualified.
  • Departments who receive a donation of four sets of gear must use the gear for the benefit of their department and not for any other purpose. Gear cannot be resold.
  • Departments who receive gear agree that their department name, details from application essay, and photo may be used in media by Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies, and the NVFC for the purposes of promoting the donation program.
  • Applicants that do not meet the stated criteria will be disqualified from the application process.

About the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Wed., June 1, 2016.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: TKFON. Apply for the Globe Turnout Gear Giveaway

Image: NVFC

Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management AgencyFEMA has announced the application period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs: March 15–June 15, 2016.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grants

The PDM program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects for the purpose of reducing overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on federal funding from actual disaster declarations.

FEMA is making $90 million available for FY 2016 PDM grants.

See the PDM webpage for more information.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grants

The FMA grant program provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

FEMA is making $199 million available for FY 2016 FMA grants.

See the FMA webpage for more information.

How to Apply

States, Tribes and Territories, or Applicants, must submit their PDM and FMA grant applications to FEMA via the Mitigation eGrants system (MT eGrants) on the FEMA Grants Portal on the Internet at https:/portal.fema.gov by 3 pm (ET) on June 15, 2016.

Local and Tribal governments, or Subapplicants, must submit planning and project sub-applications to their State/Territory Applicant agency. See the Mitigation eGrants System web page for more information. FEMA plans to host MT eGrants system webinars during the application period.

FY 2016 Grant Program Resources

It is important to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for each program posted on Grants.gov as they contain the key program priorities and application requirements for FY 2016:

For example, the agency’s priority for FY 2016 PDM competitive projects is climate resilient mitigation actions (CRMA) and pre- or post-wildfire mitigation activities or any mitigation action that utilizes green infrastructure approaches. More information on CRMA can be found in the FEMA Library. FEMA will host a CRMA webinar on February 19, 2016 at 2pm (ET):

FEMA Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/crma/

Conference Bridge: 1-800-320-4330, PIN 205435#

In addition, the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Unified Guidance posted in the FEMA Library provides detailed information regarding eligibility requirements.

FEMA will host two sessions of the FY 2016 PDM and FMA NOFOs webinar on Monday, February 22 and Thursday, February 25 at 2:30 pm (ET):

FEMA Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/fema-nofo/

Conference Bridge: 1-800-320-4330, PIN 532822#

The webinar will be made available on the FEMA website for those unable to participate.

Subapplicants with questions about the FY 2016 PDM and FMA grant programs should contact their state hazard mitigation officer; Applicants should contact their FEMA Regional office.

Application Period Dates Announced for the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe FY 2015 SAFER application period will open on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8 am EST and will close on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5 PM EST.

Begin preparing your application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the technical assistance tools that are available. It is important to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) thoroughly as it contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.

SAFER Grants Help Desk

If you have questions about the NOFO or technical assistance tools listed, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions isfiregrants@fema.dhs.gov.

Application Period Dates Announced for the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe FY 2015 SAFER application period will open on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8 am EST and will close on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5 PM EST.

Begin preparing your application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the technical assistance tools that are available. It is important to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) thoroughly as it contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.

SAFER Grants Help Desk

If you have questions about the NOFO or technical assistance tools listed, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.