3 departments who have worked with First Responder Grants have won a total of $285,864 in fire grants during Round 1 awards from the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. These grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“Congratulations to all AFG winners,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “First Responder Grants clients can write more competitive grants for equipment and training. This helps them keep their members and citizens safer in their respective communities.”
Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing training, grant consulting, and the latest news and tips and news 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.
Featured at the 2016 Annual Hazard Mitigation Stakeholder Workshop, the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Division’s Gallery Walk provided stakeholders an opportunity to give feedback on existing FEMA mitigation documents, brochures, publications, and job aids.
Over the past several months, FEMA staff has consolidated the feedback collected and prioritized the task list to provide better ease of use of the HMA resources.
As a first step, the staff is undergoing an HMA website update.
The first program’s website update, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), will be completed this summer. This update will provide a more organized and centralized location for visitors to find information and resources pertinent to the HMGP.
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Division invites you to a webinar on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, to share cost estimating principles for HMA applications.
Presenters will provide general principles for reviewing cost estimates for HMA projects, a process for determining “reasonable costs” as part of the grant application review, and resources where you can get more detailed information and examples. Join the webinar to get tips and resources followed by a questions and answer session. It will be followed by a question and answer session.
Application period: Monday, April 17, 2017, 8 a.m. ET—Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET.
The purpose of the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development.
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; and
The extent of an applicant’s need for an FP&S Grant and the need to protect the
United States as a whole.
FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in two activities. This NOFO provides
potential applicants with application requirements and details for processing and
evaluating applications for financial assistance for both of these activity areas.
Fire Prevention and Safety Activity: FP&S Activities are projects designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries
caused by fire and fire-related hazards. Accordingly, the four project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:
Community Risk Reduction (formerly General Education/Awareness);
Fire & Arson Investigation; and
National/State/Regional Programs and Studies.
Firefighter Safety Research and Development (R&D) Activity: R&D projects are aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries. The five project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:
Technology and Product Development;
Database System Development;
Dissemination and Implementation Research; and
What this grant does for your agency
The objective of the FY 2016 FP&S Grant Program is to award grants directly to eligible applicants in order to carry out fire prevention and education, fire code enforcement, fire and arson investigation, and firefighter safety and health programming and prevention efforts.
The FY 2016 FP&S Grant Program also plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System. The National Preparedness System is the instrument the Nation employs to build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities in order to achieve the National Preparedness Goal (Goal) of a secure and resilient Nation. Complex and far-reaching threats and hazards require a collaborative and whole community approach to national preparedness that engages individuals, families, communities, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of government.
The guidance, programs, processes, and systems that support each component of the National Preparedness System allow for the integration of preparedness efforts that build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities and achieve the desired outcomes identified in the Goal while maintaining the civil rights of individuals.
The FY 2016 FP&S Grant Program’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas. Examples of tangible outcomes that may be seen for projects funded in FY2016 FP&S include building and sustaining core capabilities, such as Fire Management and Suppression and Long term Vulnerability Reduction.
For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines. The following entities are eligible to apply directly to FEMA under this NOFO:
Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S): Fire departments; and national, regional, state, local, tribal, and non-profit organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Both private and public nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity. For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to
receive a FP&S Grant Award under the FP&S Activity
Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity (R&D): National, state, local, Native American tribal, and non-profit organizations, such as academic (e.g., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions. Both private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity. Fire departments are not eligible to apply for funding in the R&D Activity. Additionally, for-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive a grant award under the R&D Activity.
FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in two activities:
Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S): FP&S Projects are designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards.
Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity (R&D): R&D Projects are aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.
About the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA’s mission is to support our 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 applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., May 19, 2017.
FY2016 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant application assistance tools available: Begin preparing your application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF) and the technical assistance tools that are now available. It is important to read the NOFO thoroughly as it contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.
Research & Development (R&D) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): New for R&D applicants
FP&S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Application Checklist: FP&S Applicants, this checklist will help you prepare to answer
general administrative questions in your FP&S grant application.
Self-Evaluation Guide: FP&S Applicants, asses your readiness to apply. This tool will help you prepare information needed to answer the evaluation criteria within the application.
FY 2016 FP&S Cost Share Calculator
FP&S Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the NOFO or technical assistance tools listed, call or e-mail the FP&S Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is [email protected]>
First Responder Grants and Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)
Did you know that popular fire grants such as AFG and SAFER are only authorized through the end of the current fiscal year? And, to make matters worse, the current statute’s “sunset” provision will end the programs on Jan. 2, 2018… unless Congress does something about it?
As reported by CFSI, on Apr. 5, Senator John McCain (AZ), Senator Jon Tester (MT), Senator Susan Collins (ME), and Senator Tom Carper (DE) introduced S. 829. This legislation reauthorizes the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs.
The current Senate legislation will continue these programs and extend them until 2023.
How can departments like yours take action?
You can save AFG and SAFER! Contact your senators in favor of doing away with the “sunset” requirement and extending the program till 2023.