Round 4 FY 2017 FP&S Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Winners Announced

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 4 fire safety and prevention grant winners for the FY 2017 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants program. FEMA awarded 34 fire grants totaling $5,901,682, including:

  • Emmaus Fire Department, Emmaus, PA, Fire Prevention, $4,060
  • Clackamas County Fire District #1, Milwaukie, OR, Fire Prevention, $25,000
  • Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation, Stillwater, OK, Fire Prevention, $194,378
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, Fire Prevention, $448,267
  • National Volunteer Fire Council, Inc., Greenbelt, MD, Fire Prevention, $851,158

Subsequent FP&S fire safety and prevention grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest FP&S fire grant news.

Round 8 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 8 fire grant winners for the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 228 fire grants totaling $34,354,322, including:

  • DeSmet Fire Department, DeSmet, SD, Operations and Safety, $477, Training ($500)
  • Piner Fiskburg Fire Protection District, Morning VIew, KY, Operations and Safety, $8,610, Equipment ($8,590)
  • Township of Spring Volunteer Fire Department, West Lawn, PA, Regional Request, $30,000, Equipment ($33,000)
  • Broken Bow Fire and Rescue, Broken Bow, OK, Operations and Safety, $76,191, Modify Facilities ($80,000)
  • St. Landry Fire District # 7, Morrow, LA, Operations and Safety, $100,096, Personal Protective Equipment ($104,600)
  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Versailles, KY, State Fire Training Academy, $217,392, Equipment ($250,000)
  • San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, San Bernardino, CA, Operations and Safety, $355,148, Training ($135,000)
  • Warwick Fire Department, Warwick, RI, Vehicle Acquisition, $633,789, Vehicle Acquisition ($679,250)
  • Mobile Fire-Rescue Department, Mobile, AL, Operations and Safety, $741,648, Equipment ($815,812)
  • Old Dock/Cypress Creek Volunteer Fire Dept., Whiteville, NC, Regional Request, $909,637, Personal Protective Equipment ($1,000,600)

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 7 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 7 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 80 fire service hiring grants totaling $35,367,079, including:

  • Dexter Area Fire Department, Dexter, MI, Recruitment, $20,000
  • Stanton Township Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc., Houghton, MI, Recruitment, $54,100
  • Hanford Fire Department, Hanford, CA, Hiring, $550,079
  • City of Sherman, Sherman, TX, Hiring, $742,879
  • City of Harvey, Harvey, IL, Hiring, $921,300

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

4 things grant winners have in common

Law Enforcement, EMS, Emergency Management, Fire Service. You name it, no matter what part of the Public Safety sector an agency is in, when it comes to winning grants those winning agencies have 4 things in common.

1. They all got an early start.

Winning agencies don’t wait till the last minute. They tend to start their application and narrative 3-6 months ahead of the grant program’s opening date.

2. They all know the NOFO backward and forward.

The number one reason grants are rejected is that the applying agency committed “failure to follow directions.”

Know where these directions are?

Every single direction is in one document, known as the NOFO or RFP, the Notice of Funding Opportunity and Request for Proposal. This vital document spells out every detail of a grant program. Losing agencies sometimes barely open or skim the NOFO.

Winning agencies read, re-read, and re-read these documents again, and keep them close at hand for further reference throughout their application process.

3. They know what they need and why they need it.

Winning agencies have conducted a “needs assessment” in order to identify the highest priority item not just for themselves, but that also falls into the high priority category defined by the grant funding source.

In order to be competitive, you have to know the difference between a “need” and a “want.” They are distinctively different. Only seek “high” priority projects to go after in your grant.

Be sure you have thoroughly vetted your project with agency administrators and command staff. That way, prior to you even starting the grant application, everyone is reading from the same page and knows exactly what you will be writing for and why.

4. They seek out professional training, advice, and consulting.

Winning agencies know that you don’t just train for incident response. You train for writing grants too. They get the professional expertise they need to understand the grant process. They seek professional advice and assistance to guide their efforts and check their work for mistakes prior to submission.

As an example, the wrong answer to a single question can result in lowering your grant’s priority from a “high” to a “medium or low” priority. As such, your grant would end up rejected by the computer as not being competitive enough to go further through the vetting process. All because of one error.

While no one person or no amount of preparation can guarantee a grant’s success, these 4 steps can make it far more likely that your grant will make it to the winner’s circle.

How can you put these 4 things to work in your agency’s grant efforts today?

6 First Responder Grants Clients Win $1,547,140 in Round 6 AFG FY 2017 Fire Grant Awards

From coast to coast and in between, 6 First Responder Grants clients won a combined $1,547,140 in fire grants from the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. These awards were announced as part of the 352 Round 6 AFG fire grant awards announced Aug. 24, 2018.

To-date First Responder Grants clients and students have won a combined $3,505,289 in fire grants under FY 2017 AFG this year.

This week’s winners included:

  • Sylvania Township Fire Department, Sylvania, OH, Operations and Safety, $223,223, Personal Protective Equipment ($245,545)
  • Big River Fire Protection, Bonne Terre, MO, Operations and Safety, $16,186, Equipment ($16,995)
  • Central Pierce Fire & Rescue, Tacoma, WA, Vehicle Acquisition, $681,237, Vehicle Acquisition ($680,000)
  • Hutchins Fire Rescue, Hutchins, TX, Regional Request, $304,265, Equipment ($302,974)
  • Lyndon Fire Protection District, Louisville, KY, Operations and Safety, $54,102, Equipment ($58,512)
  • South Fire District of the City of Middletown, Middletown, CT, Operations and Safety, $145,381, Personal Protective Equipment ($151,350)

AFG fire grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Wherever you are in the US, your fire service organization has a shot at AFG,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “When a department focuses on high-priority needs and has a solid application, they can rise above the stiff competition and find their grant in the winner’s circle.”

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 $2,000,000,000 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.

Rounds 1-3 FY 2017 FP&S Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Winners Announced

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsBetween Aug. 10–24, FEMA has announced 3 rounds of winners of FY 2017 FP&S Fire Prevention and Safety Grants. FEMA has awarded 56 fire service hiring grants totaling $6,045,918, including:

  • Round 1 fire grants, announced Aug. 10: 29 grants, total $2,793,737
  • Round 2 fire grants, announced Aug. 17: 5 grants, total $265,586
  • Round 3 fire grants, announced Aug. 24: 22 grants, total $2,986,595

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

Round 6 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 6 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 136 fire service hiring grants totaling $151,316,254, including:

  • Half Moon Volunteer Fire Department, Jacksonville, NC, Recruitment, $18,500
  • PACE FIRE RESCUE DISTRICT, PACE, FL, Hiring, $369,088
  • Town of Plymouth Fire Department, Plymouth, MA, Hiring, $2,012,075
  • Cincinnati Fire Department, Cincinnati, OH, Hiring, $7,324,742
  • Philadelphia Fire Department, Philadelphia, PA, Hiring, $16,669,092

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

Round 6 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 6 fire grant winners for the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 352 fire grants totaling $49,973,627, including:

  • Monarch Fire Department, Union, SC, Operations and Safety, $343, Training ($360)
  • Big River Fire Protection, Bonne Terre, MO, Operations and Safety, $16,186, Equipment ($16,995)
  • Lyndon Fire Protection District, Louisville, KY, Operations and Safety, $54,102, Equipment ($58,512)
  • South Fire District of the City of Middletown, Middletown, CT, Operations and Safety, $145,381, Personal Protective Equipment ($151,350)
  • Sylvania Township Fire Department, Sylvania, OH, Operations and Safety, $223,223, Personal Protective Equipment ($245,545)
  • Hutchins Fire Rescue, Hutchins, TX, Regional Request, $304,265, Equipment ($302,974)
  • Waterbury Fire Department, Waterbury, CT, Vehicle Acquisition, $595,455, Vehicle Acquisition ($655,000)
  • Central Pierce Fire & Rescue, Tacoma, WA, Vehicle Acquisition, $681,237, Vehicle Acquisition ($680,000)
  • County of Currituck , Currituck, NC, Regional Request, $995,000, Personal Protective Equipment ($1,094,500)
  • Klamath County Fire District No. 1, Klamath Falls, OR, Regional Request, $991,364, Personal Protective Equipment ($1,090,500)

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.

2 First Responder Grants Clients Win $294,100 in Round 6 AFG FY 2017 Fire Grant Awards

Two Kentucky-based First Responder Grants clients won a combined $294,100 in fire grants from the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. Both awards were announced as part of the 86 Round 6 AFG fire grant awards announced Aug. 17, 2018.

A first-time AFG applicant, New Castle VFD & Rescue Squad in Kentucky will use its $84,500 fire grant to procure new SCBAs and SCBA masks.

Nelson County Fire and Rescue of Bardstown, Kentucky, had applied on their own to AFG in both 2015 and 2016. However, those efforts were not successful. In 2017 NCFR became a First Responder Grants client. We were successful in gaining them an award of $209,600 to purchase new SCBA and masks for their entire department.

To-date First Responder Grants clients and students have won a combined $1,958,149 in fire grants under FY 2017 AFG this year.

AFG fire grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Sometimes departments think that they’ll never have a shot to win, or that if they’re rejected they think they shouldn’t try again,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “These two Kentucky fire service organizations are reminders of two important things: Even a first-time applicant can win a vital fire grant. And, if you get rejected one year, the best thing to do is try again next year.”

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 5 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 5 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 13 fire service hiring grants totaling $13,959,917, including:

  • Hampton County, Hampton, SC, Hiring, $429,494
  • Avra Valley Fire District, Marana, AZ, Hiring, $613,739
  • Fall River Fire Department, Fall River, MA, Hiring, $965,626
  • Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Department, Murfreesboro , TN, Hiring, $1,771,146
  • City of Lewisville, Lewisville, TX, Hiring, $3,022,974

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