CFSI Releases 2018 Legislative Outlook

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) has released its Legislative Outlook for the Second Session of the 115th Congress. In 2018, Congress is considering many issues of critical importance to the nation’s fire and emer­gency services. Actions taken by Congress will have a direct impact on the fire service’s ability to prepare for, respond to, prevent, and mitigate incidents both large and small, natural and man-made, local and national in scope. The CFSI Legislative Outlook is synopsis of some critical issues that will be considered during the Second Session of the 115th Congress…

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FY 2018 Research and Evaluation on Hate Crimes

NIJ National Institute of Justice

Improve and create programs to reduce hate crimes

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 3, 2018

Grants up to $1.5 million to understand hate crimes

NIJ is seeking applications for research and evaluation to:

  • understand the motivations and pathways to hate crime offending;
  • determine whether programs targeted at hate crime offenders are effective at reducing reoffending;
  • determine whether programs that work with victims of hate crimes and their communities are effective at reducing the harms caused by hate crimes; and
  • provide information that will improve investigative and prosecutorial outcomes.
  • All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 3, 2018

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application.

Learn how to become an NIJ proposal peer reviewer.

Help

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service:

What this grant does for your agency

This solicitation seeks to address several research gaps that remain. NIJ has identified the following research priorities:

  • Examining the characteristics and motivations of offenders, including an understanding of pathways to hate crime offending. Research that develops new or tests existing typologies of hate crime offenders is also a priority. Information about the characteristics, motivations, and trajectories of individuals who commit hate crimes can aid in the development of evidence-informed interventions that match intervention components to
    targeted groups to prevent hate crimes from occurring.
  • Identifying effective interventions targeted at preventing hate crime offenders from reoffending.
    Identifying effective interventions for addressing the needs of hate crime victims and their communities or working with individuals who commit hate crimes to prevent reoffending. Evaluation of interventions for victims of hate crime would be of particular relevance to victim service providers, while evaluating justice-based interventions aimed at offenders will help to inform the justice system about the most effective ways to prevent reoffending.
  • Conducting research to assist police and prosecutors in responding to, investigating and prosecuting hate crimes. Research that has implications for increasing victim reporting, identifying effective strategies for investigating and prosecuting hate crimes, and improving data collection will be considered under this priority area. The need for improved data collection and research to assist law enforcement and prosecutors were identified as priorities at the 2017 Hate Crimes Summit hosted at OJP.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Federal Award Information

NIJ expects to make up to 2 awards with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $1.5 million. Awards will normally not exceed a three-year period of performance.

An applicant should base its federal funding request and period of performance on the actual requirements of the research, and not necessarily on the anticipated amount of funding available in FY 2018 for awards under this solicitation nor to fit within a three-year period of performance. However, to expedite the budget approval process, applicants are encouraged to break out their budgets by project year or by phases in the event that NIJ choses to fund the project partially or incrementally.

NIJ expects that any award under this solicitation will be made in the form of a grant or
cooperative agreement.

To allow time for (among other things) any necessary post-award review and financial clearance by OJP of the proposed budget and for any associated responses or other action(s) that may be required of the recipient, applicants should propose an award start date of January 1, 2019.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, States (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals. Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

About NIJ

NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. More https://nij.gov/about/Pages/welcome.aspx

Apply

Grants.gov number assigned to this solicitation: NIJ-2018-13961

Apply for the FY 2018 NIJ Research and Evaluation on Hate Crimes

FY 2018 Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI)Improve the safety of schools, students, and communities across the nation

Grant website

Grant guidelines

Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 7, 2018.

Grants up to $13 million for school safety

Overview

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding under the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI). This program furthers the Department’s mission by funding rigorous research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of schools and students. The initiative is carried out through partnerships among researchers, educators, and other
stakeholders, including law enforcement and mental health professionals. Projects funded under the CSSI are designed to produce knowledge that can be applied to schools and school districts across the nation for years to come. This solicitation includes five funding categories, with different expectations and requirements, to accomplish the purposes of the CSSI.

What this grant does for your department

The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) funds rigorous research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of students and schools. The CSSI is carried out through partnerships between researchers, educators, and other stakeholders; including law enforcement, behavioral and mental health professionals, courts, and other justice system professionals. Projects funded under the CSSI are designed to improve school safety knowledge that can be applied to schools and school districts across the nation, for years to come.

This solicitation includes five funding categories with different expectations and requirements to accomplish the purposes of the CSSI:

  • Category 1: Developing Novel and Innovative School Safety Programs, Practices, and Strategies
  • Category 2: Demonstration, Evaluation, and Validation Tests for School Safety
  • Category 3: Expanding the Use of Effective Interventions Through Scaling-Up
  • Category 4: Research on School Safety
  • Category 5: Translation and Dissemination of Comprehensive School Safety Initiative Findings

Review the solicitation.

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application.

Learn how to become an NIJ proposal peer reviewer.

Federal Award Information

  • For Category 1: NIJ estimates that a total of $5 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made with performance periods ranging from 24-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 2: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $11 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made with performance periods ranging from 24-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 3: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $13 million will become available. NIJ anticipates awards will be made with performance periods ranging from 24-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 4: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $7 million will become available. NIJ anticipates that it will make awards with performance periods ranging from 12-24 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of grants.
  • For Category 5: NIJ estimates that a total of up to $3 million will become available. NIJ anticipates that it will make awards with performance periods ranging from 36-48 months. NIJ expects to make awards in this category in the form of cooperative agreements.

Help

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service:

Apply

Grants.gov number assigned to this solicitation: NIJ-2018-14140

Apply online at Grants.gov

Application Period for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Is Open

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 SAFER Grant application period is now open and will close on Friday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. ET. We recommend that you start your application today by reviewing the FY 2017 SAFER Application Technical Assistance Tools. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants plan their FY 2017 SAFER applications.

Please make sure that you have thoroughly reviewed the FY 2017 SAFER Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), prior to beginning your application. The SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) should also be reviewed as they provide more detailed information and explanations. As you being to develop the narrative portion of your application, the Self-Evaluation tools will be beneficial as the peer reviews will use them when scoring your application. If you are applying for a Recruitment and Retention Activity Grant, the Request Details Description Instructions will be extremely important when completing the application.

FY 2017 SAFER Application Materials

SAFER Grants Help Desk

If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, 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 [email protected].

FY 2017 Safer Live Webinars

FEMA will host live Adobe Connect webinars to provide an overview of the FY 2017 SAFER Grant Program, including both the Hiring of Firefighters activity and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters activity. The presentations will outline important information and reminders about cost share requirements (hiring activity), program priorities, eligible costs, and the application and award process for the SAFER Grant Program. FEMA Fire Program Specialists will be available to answer your questions.

Live Webinars

To participate

Webinar sessions will be broadcast using an Adobe Connect webinar link with call-in phone number for audio transmission. We suggest that you save this link to your browser’s favorites.

The Adobe Connect webinar can be found at: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/fy2017safer/. To access the webinar follow these steps:

  1. Click on the webinar link
  2. Select “enter as a guest” and provide your name and your department’s name. Click on enter the room
    Agree to the terms of the Adobe Connect system, Click on “OK”
  3. For the audio transmission, the call-in number is: 1-800-320-4330. Enter pin 955398 followed by #.

Not sure if the webinar is working on your computer? Test your webinar access now by signing in as a guest, just visit: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/fy2017safer/

Web Browser Reminders

For best results, use Internet Explorer when completing your online SAFER application. Alternate browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari, may have limited functionality in the application.

Avoid opening multiple web browsers or multiple windows when completing and submitting your SAFER application; this has caused technical problems for some users.

There are several known problems entering application information using non-IE browsers or having multiple browsers open, including but not limited to:

  1. System failure to recognize correct information
  2. System failure to capture and retain correct information
  3. System functions like “cut and paste” being disabled

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, to 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.

Issues: Special Characters In Username Passwords

Applicants have received password error messages when entering their digital signature in the Assurances and Certifications section of the application and on the Application Submission page. To avoid this issue in your application, if your password contains any special characters ([email protected]#$%^&*()?=+;:), you will need to change your password to remove the characters and include letters and numbers only.

If you need assistance with changing your password, 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 [email protected].

If your username contains the @ symbol, you may experience issues locating your FY 2017 SAFER application once it has been started. If your username include the @ symbol, please contact the SAFER Grants Help Desk. Do not attempt to start a new FY 2017 SAFER application after you have already started one.

Congress Passes Fiscal Year 2018 Spending Package, Increases Funding for Fire Service Programs

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)On Mar. 22, 2018, Congress approved an omnibus spending bill to fund programs and activities of the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. The government has been operating on a series of continuing resolutions since October 1, 2017, the beginning of the current fiscal year.

Included in the spending package is funding for several programs of significance to the nation’s fire and emergency services. The Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs are funded at $700 million, split evenly between the two programs. This is an increase of $10 million from the previous year’s appropriation. Additionally, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) is funded at $42.9 million, with an additional $1.497 million for infrastructure improvements at the National Fire Academy. This is a slight increase from the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) funding level.

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Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program

NIJ National Institute of JusticeAwards of up to $250,000

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 30, 2018.

Forensic Science Improvement Grants for Law Enforcement Agencies

About

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program funding is available as two separate solicitations – formula and competitive.

Register & Apply

Applicants to the competitive solicitation must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application under this solicitation.

Both State Administering Agencies (SAAs) and units of local government are eligible to apply for the competitive funds.

Review the solicitation.

Full Description

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for competitive funding under the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (the Coverdell program), which awards grants to States and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner’s office services.

Among other things, funds may be used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel and mediocolegal death investigators, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog.

Under the Coverdell program, State Administering Agencies (SAAs) are eligible to apply for both formula and competitive funds. Units of local government are eligible to apply for competitive funds only. This solicitation is ONLY for the competitive funds.

NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email [email protected]; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp. See also NIJ.gov’s funding FAQ page.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are limited to States (including territories) and units of local government.

State Administering Agencies (SAAs) apply on behalf of States, including any State government
entity.

For information on eligibility, see Section C. Eligibility Information.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or
management fee.

Grant Purposes

A State or unit of local government that receives a Coverdell grant must use the grant for one or
more of these six purposes:

  1. To carry out all or a substantial part of a program intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner’s office services in the State, including those services provided by laboratories operated by the State and those operated by units of local government within the State.
  2. To eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic science evidence, including, among other things, a backlog with respect to firearms examination, latent prints, impression evidence, toxicology, digital evidence, fire evidence, controlled substances, forensic pathology, questioned documents, and trace evidence.
  3. To train, assist, and employ forensic laboratory personnel and medicolegal death investigators, as needed to eliminate such a backlog.
  4. To address emerging forensic science issues (such as statistics, contextual bias, and uncertainty of measurement) and emerging forensic science technology (such as high throughput automation, statistical software, and new types of instrumentation).
  5. To educate and train forensic pathologists.
  6. To fund medicolegal death investigation systems to facilitate accreditation of medical examiner and coroner offices and certification of medicolegal death investigators.

Federal Award Information

NIJ expects to make awards of up to $250,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $2,875,000. NIJ expects to make awards for a 12-month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2019. Applicants should be aware that the total period of an award, including one that receives a project period extension, ordinarily will not exceed three years.

All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and to any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

Available Funding: As of the writing of this solicitation, no full-year appropriation has been enacted for the Department of Justice for FY 2018 and thus the amount (if any) that will be made available for the Coverdell program is not known. The figures and calculations reflected in this solicitation (for example, the estimated minimum award to States and the estimated amount of formula funds, by State) are based on an estimated total amount available of $11,500,000, although the amount ultimately made available could be higher or lower (or even zero). Applicants are strongly advised to check for updates to the solicitation prior to submitting applications.

Register and apply at Grants.gov

Technical Assistance Tools For The FY 2017 Staffing For Adequate Fire And Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants Are Now Available

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe FY 2017 SAFER application period is right around the corner. The application will open on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Application Tools

Start planning your FY 2017 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and technical assistance tools below. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2017 applications ahead of the application period. The tools can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

SAFER Grants Help Desk

If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, 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 [email protected].

SAM.gov Registration is Required to Apply and Receive Grants

The FY 2017 SAFER application period will be here before you know it. 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 and the DUNS number used in SAM 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 the SAM.gov is FREE
  • SAM.gov registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually
  • This information should be consistent in all registration documents

SAM.gov Help

Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help:

AFG Home Page: www.fema.gov/firegrants

AFG Regional Representatives: http://www.fema.gov/fire-grant-contact-information

AFG Help Desk: E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960

FEMA: HMA Celebrates 30 Years, $15 Billion in Obligated Grants

30 years of HMA

30 years of HMA

During the month of March the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) division is commemorating its 30-year anniversary.

Over the past three decades, HMA has obligated more than $15 billion in funding from Congress. HMA has used these funds to provide communities assistance mitigating the effects of natural hazards.

Mitigation projects include home elevations to prevent flooding, safe rooms to decrease tornado-related injuries, structural reinforcements to brace buildings in the event of earthquakes, and more.

To learn more about the projects and other HMA milestones from the past 30 years visit the Hazard Mitigation Assistance 30 Year Anniversary webpage. View a detailed timeline showcasing some defining events and advancements in the history of FEMA’s mitigation assistance program and read the press release.

FEMA: Extended Help Desk support during final week of Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grant application period

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsThe FEMA Grant Programs Directorate has announced an extended support period for AFG system-related issues during the last week of the FY2017 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grant application period:

Extended Support Period

Dates: March 12 – March 15, 2018
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET

Dates: March 16, 2018
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Note: For programmatic questions, please contact the AFG Help Desk below during the core hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

AFG Home Page: www.fema.gov/firegrants

AFG Regional Representatives: http://www.fema.gov/fire-grant-contact-information

AFG Help Desk: E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960

FEMA: THE FY 2017 Fire Prevention And Safety (FP&S) Grant Application Period Closes Next Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsThere is still plenty of time to complete and submit your FY 2017 FP&S grant application! The application period will close in one week, on Friday, March 16, 2018. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Complete your application today at https://www.fema.gov/e-grant-application-access.

The application assistance tools are available here.

FP&S Application Review Checklist

  • Proofread your application for mistakes or errors.
  • Remove any “filler” or placeholder text and update each application field with your final answer.
  • Ensure that all required application fields been answered and the information is accurate.
  • Check the quantities and costs for all budgeted line items and confirm that there are no discrepancies between the request details section of the application and the narrative sections.
  • Ensure that you have included costs for all items and/or activities that are needed to implement your grant, if awarded.
  • Use your voice to explain your organization’s needs within the narrative sections (do not use boilerplate language or copy text from vendors).
  • Ask a colleague who is not involved with the writing of the grant to proofread your application. They should be able to tell you if they understand your organization’s needs and whether any information is unclear.

REMEMBER: *Applications cannot be edited once submitted*

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 FP&S application. Applicants must attest that all information contained within the application, including preparer information, is true, complete, and accurate at the time of submission.

Please contact the AFG Help Desk if you contract with a grant writer and they either refuse or ask not to be identified in the preparer information section of the application.

Issues with Application Submission

  • Problems such as expired passwords, technical malfunctions, or loss of internet access will not be accepted as excuses for late submissions. If you are having a problem submitting your application, you must report the problem to the AFG Help Desk before the application deadline of March 16, 2018 at 5 PM ET.
  • Many applications appear to be nearly complete or are 100 percent complete but have not actually been submitted in the eGrant application portalNo application will be processed unless it is submitted in the portal and the applicant receives an e-mail confirmation. If you submitted your application but did not receive an e-mail confirmation in your eGrant application mailbox, please contact the AFG Help Desk.

Web Browser Reminders

  • For best results, use Internet Explorer when completing your online FP&S application. Alternate browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari, may have limited functionality in the application.
  • Avoid opening multiple web browsers or multiple windows when completing and submitting your FP&S application; this has caused technical problems for some users.
  • There are several known problems entering application information using non-IE browsers or having multiple browsers open, including but not limited to:
    • system failure to recognize correct information
    • system failure to capture and retain correct information
    • system functions like “cut and paste” being disabled
    • system resources like help screens or drop down menus being unavailable

If you have questions, please contact the AFG Help Desk below.

AFG Home Page: www.fema.gov/firegrants

AFG Regional Representatives: http://www.fema.gov/fire-grant-contact-information

AFG Help Desk:
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960