Round 12 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 12 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 70 fire grants totaling $97,137,314, including:

  • Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, Middlesex, NC, Hiring, $142,117
  • Grant County Fire District #3, Quincy, WA, Hiring, $296,787
  • St. George Fire Protection District, Baton Rouge, LA, Hiring, $1,090,242
  • Sterling Heights Fire Department, Sterling Heights, MI, Hiring, $2,621,292
  • Jacksonville Fire Rescue, Jacksonville, FL, Hiring, $8,283,086

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.

Round 3 FY16 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 3 fire jobs grant winners for the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). FEMA awarded 167 fire grants totaling $34,514,001, including:

  • Absecon, City Fire Company No. 1, Absecon, NJ, Regional Request, $28,091, Equipment
  • Jefferson Rural Fire Protection District, Jefferson, OR, Operations and Safety, $14,000, Equipment
  • Roanoke Fire-EMS, Roanoke, VA, Operations and Safety, $1,000,000, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Vacaville Fire Department, Vacaville, CA, Regional Request, $1,575,038, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • City Of Hazard Fire Department, Hazard, KY, Vehicle Acquisition, $209,524

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.

CFSI Releases Fire Service White Paper: Document To Be Shared With Lawmakers To Increase Their Understanding of the Fire and Emergency Services

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)The Congressional Fire Services Institute has recently released a white paper that will be distributed to members of Congress and federal agency officials. The title of the paper is “Understanding the Roles, Challenges, and Needs of Our Nation’s Fire and Emergency Services”. Thirty-five member organizations of the CFSI National Advisory Committee (NAC) co-signed the paper developed by the CFSI staff and task group comprised of NAC members.

“This document contains important information that we want to share with members of Congress,” said CFSI Executive Director Bill Webb. “It is intended to educate them about the challenges facing the fire service in protecting our communities and convey the importance of continued federal support for our local fire and emergency services departments.”

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House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2018 Homeland Security Spending Bill

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)On Tuesday, July 18th, the House Appropriations Committee approved legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for Fiscal Year 2018. The $44.3 billion spending bill represents a nearly $2 billion increase in spending for the Department compared to the current fiscal year…

The bill would fund the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs at…

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Round 11 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 11 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 127 fire grants totaling $27,518,031, including:

  • Tallahassee Volunteer Fire Protection, Canon City, CO, Operations and Safety, $14,806, Equipment
  • Kunkle Fire Company, Inc., Dallas, PA, Regional Request, $97,143, Equipment
  • Athens Township Fire Department, Athens, MI, Regional Request, $497,160, Equipment
  • Crocker Fire Protection District, Crocker, MO, Operations and Safety, $133,334, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Santa Maria City Fire Department, Santa Maria, CA, Vehicle Acquisition, $988,410, Vehicle Acquisition

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.

Round 2 FY16 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 2 fire jobs grant winners for the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). FEMA awarded 46 fire grants totaling $23,780,131, including:

  • Calabash Fire Department, Calabash, NC, Hiring, $171,616
  • Hoodland Fire District #74, Welches, OR, Hiring, $301,389
  • Barrington Fire Department, Barrington, RI, Hiring, $523,542
  • Fairfield Fire Department, Fairfield, OH, Hiring, $810,122
  • City of Bella Vista Fire Department, Bella Vista, AR, Hiring, $959,854

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.

More funding and no more missed deadlines: New technology alerts you about upcoming grants

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Alerts and calendar keep you on top of upcoming grants and deadlines

You found a great grant, only to discover it’s not accepting applications at the time. It will be in the future though. But that opens up its own can of worms. Now you have to figure out a way to keep track of the grant, when it opens, when it closes… and you know how it’s going to end. You’ll smack yourself on the head after missing the deadline. After all, with so many other duties, responsibilities, and tasks in your day-to-day life, how will you prevent another application period from passing you by?

There is a way to plan for grants so you don’t miss out. Just use Grant Calendar and Grant Alerts, 2 powerful tools in GrantFinder, the resource that’s like Google for grants. A combination of GrantFinder’s Calendar and Grant Alert tools can help you stay on top of pending deadlines and upcoming new programs.

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At-a-glance view of when grants are open and closing

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On August 1, 2017 alone, 124 grants have their deadline.

How do we know that? Because GrantFinder’s powerful Calendar view showed us.

GrantFinder’s Grant Calendar gives you the ability to browse grants based on timeline, deadline, and funding source. This powerful visual tool shows deadlines of grants so you can look for a program based on schedule.

Calendar also gives you an at-a-glance view that helps you plan out your application efforts. If you’re looking for programs with deadlines, say, next month, next quarter, or even further down the road, GrantFinder’s Calendar can show you that.

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Have those grants come to you

GrantFinder: Set your email preferences

Sure, you can use GrantFinder’s Calendar and Search to help you hunt for grants, but wouldn’t it be nice if the grants could come to you?

With GrantFinder’s Grant Alerts, you can set up email notifications based on your needs and preferences. Once setup, Grant Alerts will monitor GrantFinder’s system and email you the latest news about programs relevant to your needs.

You can customize your email alerts by:

  • Grant Categories
  • Matching Requirement
  • Funder Type
  • Who Can Apply?
  • Geographic Coverage

From there, you can even tell GrantFinder what day or days of the week you’d like to receive your emails.

Grant Alerts turn GrantFinder into your own grant search engine, but it does the work for you—and lets you know when it’s time to go into application mode.

Grants found—in time for the deadline!

GrantFinder’s powerful tools can help you never again have that horrible feeling that comes when you miss a deadline for a grant that would have been perfect for your department.

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Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Mitigation Success Stories Wanted

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In January 2017, FEMA launched the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) External Stakeholder Workgroup (ESWG). The HMA ESWG is comprised of representatives from FEMA regions, states, Indian tribes, territories, and local mitigation stakeholders who share their perspectives on HMA priorities, issues, and program resources, and help inform communication strategies on the HMA programs.

As part of carrying out their work, the ESWG members have formed subgroups to focus on specific topics. One subgroup, the Online HMA Knowledge and Support Forum, is working to create an online resource where information can be exchanged, conversations encouraged, and HMA applicants can find peer-to-peer advice and guidance. One aspect of this work is identify and promote HMA project success stories. As part of this, the ESWG is requesting mitigation stakeholders submit success stories in your community, your organization, or a partner in mitigation you’ve met along the way.

FEMA is looking for success stories with the following in mind:

  • The success story should not exceed one page.
  • Please include pertinent and descriptive facts, such as the organization/community name, project description, date of completion, and the HMA grant amount and program (e.g. HMGP, FMA, PDM).
  • Projects submitted as success stories should have been completed within the last 18 months.
  • The ESWG is looking for all types of projects, big and small, and for any hazard type to help encourage a wide range of application submittals.
  • Personal aspects of the project are encouraged including stories illustrating the positive impacts of the mitigation on the community and or/ residents. Examples of this could be an interview with a resident that has benefited from the project, or an account of how the project will avoid disruptions in the community or help speed a post-disaster recovery.
  • The success story should make sure to include the URL address/link, if available, for more information and photos on the project. If a URL is not available, please include the info for a point of contact who can answer questions about the project if needed.
    Photos or other graphics of the project should be attached to the same email and submitted along with the success story.

Please submit all success stories by Tuesday, August 15, 2017 to fema-hma-grants-policy@fema.dhs.gov.

Please note that all submittals will be provided to the ESWG for review and further use. FEMA is providing support for the ESWG to facilitate the submittal of these success stories. The ESWG will determine the success stories selected for further promotion.

FEMA Announces Funding Awards for FY 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials today announced funding awards for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program). The CCTA Program will provide $35.94 million to selected recipients to improve their ability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks in collaboration with the whole community.

Terrorist incidents, such as those in London, England; Boston, Massachusetts; Nairobi, Kenya; San Bernardino, California; Paris, France; and Brussels, Belgium, highlight an emerging threat known as complex coordinated terrorist attacks. The FY 2016 CCTA Program is intended to enhance resilience and build capacity for jurisdictions to address complex coordinated terrorist attacks that may occur across the nation.

The selected recipients will receive funding specifically to develop and implement effective, sustainable, and regional approaches for enhancing preparedness for complex coordinated terrorist attacks, which include the following components: identifying capability gaps, developing and/or updating plans, training to implement plans and procedures, and conducting exercises to validate capabilities.

Applications were reviewed and scored independently by a peer review panel composed of subject matter experts representing federal, state, local, territorial and tribal organizations that have experience and/or advanced training in complex coordinated terrorist attacks. Awards were made on a competitive basis to applicants who presented an ability to successfully meet the requirements described in the NOFO, taking into how well the applicant demonstrated:

  • A need for funding support;
  • Effective, sustainable and regional approaches;
  • The proposed project’s impact that presents an increase in the jurisdiction’s preparedness and resilience to complex coordinated terrorist attacks once the project is implemented; and
  • A reasonable and cost-effective budget.

FY 2016 CCTA Program funding is awarded to the following recipients:

  • Arlington County Government (Va.): $1,244,890
  • City of Aurora (Ill.): $1,373,809
  • City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (Ill.): $699,502
  • City of Dallas (Texas): $925,000
  • City of Houston (Texas): $1,759,733
  • City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety (Calif.): $1,223,225
  • City of Miami (Fla.): $723,260
  • City of Phoenix (Ariz.): $1,565,000
  • City of Winston-Salem (N.C.): $1,868,050
  • Durham County (N.C.): $931,500
  • East-West Gateway Council of Governments (Ill./Mo.): $1,474,716
  • Franklin County (Ohio) : $829,725
  • Galveston County (Texas): $976,896
  • Hawaii Department of Defense (Hawaii): $492,800
  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency (Ill.): $1,214,024
  • Indiana Department of Homeland Security (Ind.): $2,024,833
  • King County (Wash.): $1,516,723
  • Knox County (Tenn.): $536,250
  • Maryland Emergency Management Agency (Md.): $2,098,575
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (D.C./Va.): $595,098
  • Mid-America Regional Council (Mo.): $2,251,502
  • New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (N.Y.): $1,379,048
  • San Bernardino County (Calif.): $1,334,751
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (S.C.): $1,530,020
  • South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (Texas): $1,076,336
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas): $659,556
  • Unified Fire Authority of Greater Salt Lake (Utah): $1,043,800
  • Virginia Department of Emergency Management (Va.): $2,001,568
  • Wisconsin Emergency Management (Wis.): $589,810

Round 10 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 10 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 91 fire grants totaling $12,977,803, including:

  • Perry Joint Fire District, Perry, OH, Vehicle Acquisition, $76,191, Vehicle Acquisition
  • Duboistown Fire Department, Williamsport, PA, Regional Request, $177,143, Personal Protective Equipment
  • City of Chico Fire and Rescue, Chico, CA, Operations and Safety, $292,529, Modify Facilities and Wellness and Fitness Programs
  • Cherry City Volunteer Fire Company, Pittsburgh, PA, Operations and Safety, $3,000, Training
  • Providence Fire Department , Providence , RI, Vehicle Acquisition, $974,419, Vehicle Acquisition

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.