Round 9 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 9 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 190 fire grants totaling $27,606,533, including:

  • Epworth Fire Department, Epworth, IA, Regional Request, $51,870
  • Townville Volunteer Fire Department, Townville, PA, Operations and Safety, $93,334, Personal Protective Equipment
  • Burbank Fire Department, Burbank, IL, Regional Request, $861,280
  • Thornton Fire Department, Thornton , CO, Vehicle Acquisition, $285,715
  • City of Berea Ohio Fire Department, Berea, OH, Vehicle Acquisition, $797,667

Subsequent AFG fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

House Subcommittee Approves Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)On Thursday, June 29, 2017, the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9), directs the Center for Disease Control to create a specialized national registry to provide researchers and epidemiologists with the tools and resources they need to improve research collection activities related to the monitoring of cancer incidence among firefighters….

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Round 8 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 8 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 179 fire grants totaling $23,517,336, including:

  • Bellevue Fire Department, Bellevue, WA, Operations and Safety, $92,861, Wellness and Fitness Programs
  • Buechel Fire Protection District, Louisville, KY, Operations and Safety, $47,240, Modify Facilities
  • City of Kennewick Fire Department, Kennewick, WA, Regional Request, $470,319, Equipment
  • Elko County Fire Protection District, Elko, NV, Regional Request, $13,637, Equipment
  • Laurel, City of, Laurel, MS, Operations and Safety, $247,805, Personal Protective Equipment

Subsequent AFG fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

How to find public safety grants that can help your department

Easy-to-follow grant listings show you programs available for your department and tell you when deadlines loom.
Easy-to-follow grant listings show you programs available for your department and tell you when deadlines loom.

Thousands of grants are available, but not every grant is the right fit for your department. How can you sift through all those grants, without wasting time and getting overwhelmed, yet still find what you need?

Like Google for grants

GrantFinder is like Google for grants. Powerful search features help you zero in on the exact programs that your department can benefit from and that fit your circumstances.

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How do you find the public safety grants you need?

GrantFinder search page - Use up to 10 options to narrow or broaden your search
Use up to 10 options to narrow or broaden your search

A database that contains thousands of grants has to be easily searchable. Searching isn’t always as easy as tapping a button, though. Sometimes you need to really refine and target what you’re looking for, so you have a better chance at finding a good fit.

That’s why GrantFinder provides powerful yet simple tools to help you focus your search, including:

  • Keyword
  • Grant Category
  • Funder Type
  • Funder Name
  • Application Deadline
  • Rolling Deadline
  • Matching Requirement?
  • Administering State
  • Geographic Coverage
  • Who Can Apply?

Instead of page after page of possibilities, you can search based solely on what you need and what’s relevant to your department.

Of course, you have other duties to attend to and can’t be expected to be searching in GrantFinder all the time. That’s why GrantFinder can be working for you even when you aren’t using it.

With Grant Alerts, you can tell GrantFinder to send you weekly emails, specific to your grant needs, that keep you up to date.

You found a grant… now what?

Use GrantFinder's Calendar view to show you grants by their application deadline
Use GrantFinder’s Calendar view to show you grants by their application deadline

Just because you found a grant doesn’t mean you’re ready to apply for it. You may need to get information ready. You might need to talk with your superiors, other personnel at your department or municipality, or with your consultant at First Responder Grants. Or, heck, you just might not have the time right then and there.

Does that mean you have to start your search all over?

Nope.

With “My Grants” and the “Grant Calendar,” once you find a grant you can save it and come back to it later.

My Grants is also useful for when you find many programs that could be a good fit for your department. You can save all the programs you want, and come back one by one as timing and circumstances fit.

Search grant funding sources

Examples of public safety grants that have been available in the state of Minnesota
Examples of public safety grants that have been available in the state of Minnesota

Did you hear about a particular funding source? Do you want a better idea of what types of programs are available from a grant funder?

By looking through grant funding sources, you can find at-a-glance details on all the programs available from any grant funding source in the GrantFinder database.

Finding grants has never been easier

When it comes down to it, finding grants has never been easy… until now.

GrantFinder can’t write your application for you—that’s why we are here to help. But GrantFinder can make it a lot easier for you to find the grants that are a good fit for your department. Take advantage of their database of thousands of grants, robust search tools, and saved grant listings, all right here, at special pricing available only for First Responder Grants clients and students:

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Senators Collins, Cardin Introduce Volunteer Incentive Bills

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)On May 25, 2017, Senator Susan Collins (ME) and Senator Benjamin Cardin (MD) introduced 2 pieces of legislation intended to assist volunteer fire departments in the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters…

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2 First Responder Grants Client Win $238,000 in Round 7 AFG FY2016 Fire Grant Awards

2 departments who have worked with First Responder Grants have won a total of $238,000 in fire grants during Round 7 awards from the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program:

  • Palm Beach County Fire & Rescue, FL, was awarded a $29,120 AFG fire grant for gas monitors
  • Westfield FD, CT, was awarded a $208,880 AFG fire grant for SCBA and a compressor

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.”

About First Responder Grants

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.

Round 7 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 7 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 45 fire grants totaling $7,124,916, including:

  • Casco Fire Department, Casco, ME, Regional Request, $183,667, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company, Pittsburgh, PA, Operations and Safety, $66,543, Modify Facilities
  • St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue, St. Petersburg, FL, Operations and Safety, $316,291, Wellness and Fitness Programs
  • LFUCG – Division of Fire, Lexington, KY, Operations and Safety, $252,210, Training
  • Hardin County Fire Department, Savannah, TN, Regional Request, $325,546, Equipment

Subsequent AFG fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

FR-CARA First Responders Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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Up to $800,000 per grant

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: July 31, 2017

For First Responders to provide emergency treatment of opioid overdoses

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (FR-CARA) Cooperative Agreements. SAMHSA will award FR-CARA funds to states, tribes and tribal organizations, and local governmental entities. Local governmental entities include, but are not limited to, municipal corporations, counties, cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, and townships.

What this grant does for your agency

The purpose of this program is to allow first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Grantees will train and provide resources to first responders and members of other key community sectors at the state, tribal, and local governmental levels on carrying and administering a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Grantees will also establish processes, protocols, and mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery communities.

Agencies awarded the FR-CARA First Responders Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement receive grants $250,000–$800,000 for projects up to 4 years. Estimated total program funding is $10,423,364.

Up to 30 awards are expected.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible applicants include States, American Indian/Alaska Native tribes, tribal organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations, and local governmental entities including, but not limited to, municipal corporations, counties, cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, and townships. The eligibility for this grant program is statutorily defined in Section 546 of the Public Health Service Act. For the purposes of this funding opportunity announcement, a tribe, as defined at 25 U.S.C. § 1603(14), refers to any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or group or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688) [43 U.S.C.A. § 1601 et seq.], which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. Further, a tribal organization, as defined at 25 U.S.C. § 1603(26), is the recognized governing body of any Indian tribe; any legally established organization of Indians which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of Indians in all phases of its activities: Provided, that in any case where a contract is let or grant made to an organization to perform services benefiting more than one Indian tribe, the approval of each such Indian tribe shall be a prerequisite to the letting or making of such contract or grant. The statute indicates that the definition of “rural,” should be the one utilized by the Office of Management and Budget which indicates that they are not located in metropolitan statistical areas. Link to state maps: https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/statecbsa.html.

About the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Mon., July 31, 2017.

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Funding Opportunity Number: SP-17-005. Apply for the FR-CARA First Responders Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement

NIMS Alert 02-17: Reminder: National Engagement Period: NIMS Resource Management Supplemental Guidance and Tools

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As a reminder, FEMA’s National Integration Center is soliciting feedback on three National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component guidance documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 pm EDT on June 9, 2017. National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools to ensure the products reflect the collective expertise and experience of the whole community.

The drafts out for engagement include the NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS), NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and accompanying Position Task Books (PTB), NIMS resource typing definitions, the NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid, and an updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel. Together, these documents are designed to enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid.

The released documents include:

  • The NIMS Guideline for the NQS, which describes the components of a qualification and certification system, defines a process for certifying the qualifications of incident personnel, describes how to stand up and implement a peer review process, and provides an introduction to the process of credentialing personnel.
  • NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined deployable incident positions.
  • NIMS Position Task Books (PTBs) identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a defined incident position.
  • The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid, which is designed to help unify mutual aid efforts by providing stakeholders with common practices and processes for use in mutual aid planning.
  • The updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel, which provides standards and guidance for credentialing incident personnel nationwide.
  • NIMS Resource Typing Definitions, which provide the minimum qualifications for personnel, teams, and equipment.

To review the draft of the NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools, visit https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement. To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

Thank you for your input and continued support. Together, we make our nation more secure and resilient.