Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.
The Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service addresses the needs and priorities of those it is entrusted by the American people to serve and honor, with the addition of healthcare professionals.
During this public health crisis, Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service will be the gateway for providing grants to first responders in need of personal protective equipment when answering COVID-19 service calls. Financial assistance is also available to healthcare professionals, service members, veterans, first responders, and their families who have been impacted by the novel coronavirus.
The Foundation helps Law Enforcement departments acquire personal protective equipment and essential gear utilized in the fight against COVID-19.
Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.
About the Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation serves the nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. The Foundation does this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.
FEMA will begin accepting FP&S applications at 8 a.m. ET on Monday April 27, 2020, and applications are due by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, May 29, 2020. Work on your application now by reviewing the NOFO, Economic Hardship Waivers Information Bulletin and technical assistance tools below. These tools were produced to help potential applicants begin to plan their FY19 applications ahead of the application period. These documents can be viewed on the AFGP website at www.fema.gov/fire-prevention-safety-grants and/or downloaded to your computer.
FP & S Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, 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]. The FP&S Help Desk is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.
What this grant does for your agency
Funds awarded under the CESF Program must be utilized to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to:
Law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment (PPE)
Supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer)
Travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas)
Addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers
States, U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments that were identified as eligible for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program are eligible to apply under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program solicitation. NOTE: Only the State Administering Agency that applied for FY 2019 JAG funding for a state/territory may apply for the state allocation of CESF funding.
About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
BJA helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation’s criminal justice system: Its grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting edge tools and best practices they need to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, and combat victimization. More
Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, May 29, 2020.
FEMA has released the “Disaster Financial Management Guide” to support jurisdictions in establishing and implementing sound disaster financial management practices, which are critical for successful response and recovery.
The guide identifies the capabilities and activities necessary to prepare and successfully implement disaster financial management while maintaining fiscal responsibility throughout response and recovery operations. This includes considerations and practices necessary to:
Track, calculate and justify the costs of an emergency;
Support local reimbursement reconciliation;
Avoid de-obligation of grant funding; and effectively fund and implement recovery projects and priorities.
The principles, concepts and resources contained in the guide can support jurisdictions in identifying the resources needed to support their community, increase the efficiency of recovery efforts, and reduce the likelihood of audits and financial penalties for the jurisdiction.
The guide also presents an overview of common disaster assistance and recovery funding programs that may be beneficial to recovery efforts. Although there are many government and private/non-profit sector recovery resources and programs designed to aid jurisdictions, navigating the various eligibility requirements and application processes pose administrative challenges for jurisdictions.
The “Disaster Financial Management Guide” takes an all-hazard approach and addresses a broad range of issues jurisdictions face. However, the document contains concepts, principles and resources that are applicable to the current operational environment and ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
The COPS Office recognizes the challenges law enforcement agencies are facing as they respond to COVID-19 and we continue to fully support your efforts. We know that as first responders, you need rapid assistance and resources as you respond to COVID-19. Through the COPS Office’s premier technical assistance center, the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC), we are mobilizing to meet your needs.
CRI-TAC, led by the IACP and nine leading law enforcement stakeholder associations (FOP, FBINAA, IACLEA, IADLEST, MCCA, NOBLE, NAWLEE, NSA, and NTOA), recently launched the COVID-19 Library of Resources. This directory is a searchable library of agency policies, standard operating procedures, fact sheets, press releases, special orders, training documents, and other COVID-19–related materials. This tool will allow law enforcement to share important guidance with one another on issues such as risk mitigation, communication, and officer safety. Please visit the COVID-19 Library of Resources to learn more or find out how you can submit a resource to share.
CRI-TAC can offer short-term, remote technical assistance for agencies that need expert assistance from others in the field. To learn more about CRI-TAC view our video today: https://cops.usdoj.gov/collaborativereform.
Opens Monday, April 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. ET Application Deadline: May 15, 2020 May 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Increase the number of firefighters in your fire department
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program focuses on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.
The SAFER program accomplishes this by providing funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to assist in increasing the number of firefighters to help communities meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to provide adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments.
What this grant does for your agency
SAFER offers grants to support projects in 2 areas:
Hiring of Firefighters Activity is to hire new, additional firefighters to improve staffing levels or changing the status of part-time or paid-on-call firefighters to full-time firefighters.
Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity is to assist fire departments with the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters who are involved with or trained in the operations of firefighting and emergency response.
FEMA Announcement: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The CARES Act authorizes $100M in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funds for the purchase of personal protective equipment and related supplies for our nation’s first responders. As fire departments provide lifesaving emergency medical response to more and more communities impacted by COVID-19, FEMA AFG is offering an additional funding opportunity for the fire service community to purchase urgently needed protective equipment and supplies.
Here’s what you need to know:
FEMA AFG received $100M in stimulus funding under the CARES Act.
Included in this stimulus is personal protective equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 response efforts.
A new AFG application period will be opening soon.
Please be on the lookout for that announcement which will include additional details.
As we learn more about this funding and when FEMA plans to open up for applications, we will keep you posted. First Responder Grants is available to help your department navigate applying for these special grant funds:
FEMA released expanded capabilities to the Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT), including census tract data and additional infrastructure layers for all state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions across the nation. This update to the tool enables a more granular analysis of community resilience indicators and allows users to calculate the population of individuals with specific indicator characteristics in selected census tracts.
Jurisdictions at all levels, other federal agencies, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations can use RAPT to inform strategies for preparedness, response and recovery activated related to the coronavirus pandemic and other disasters. The tool is a free-to-use Geographic Information System (GIS) webmap tool that allows users to combine layers of community resilience indicators, infrastructure locations, and hazard data to visualize, prioritize and implement strategies to impact resilience, response, and recovery.
The updated RAPT provides important census-tract level demographic information and infrastructure locations related to coronavirus pandemic planning and response efforts. This includes the location and size of infrastructure entities such as hospitals, nursing homes, urgent care facilities, public health departments, and pharmacies; population count and demographics of individuals within a containment zone (e.g. over age 65, disability, educational attainment); and visualization tools.
The National Integration Center will host three 60-minute training webinars over the next two weeks, starting on April 2, to provide additional background on the RAPT, demonstrate multiple capabilities and answer questions from RAPT users. Webinars are open to all.
Advance registration is not required, but space is limited to 150 participants per webinar. Real-time captioning will be available. To participate, please click on your preferred webinar session from the list below at the beginning of the webinar to begin and call the phone number provided: