Finish your FY 2021 AFG application: Fire grant extension closes Jan. 21, 2022, 5pm ET

Firefighters

Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Application Period will close Friday, January 21, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET

Fire grant news from FEMA

Don’t wait to get started, as the FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant application period is closing soon. Six helpful documents, including the funding notice, application checklist, frequently asked questions and more, are posted at FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Application Guidance Materials | FEMA.gov

Reminder: DHS/FEMA will not review applications received after the deadline or consider them for funding. 

APPLICATION REVIEW CHECKLIST

  • Proofread your application: Mistakes or errors on your application can disqualify your organization for grant award consideration.
  • Remove any “filler” or placeholder text and update each application field with your final answer.
  • Does your narrative explain your organizations needs in a way that someone would easily understand? Have you compared your narrative against the Self Evaluation Guides?
  • Make sure that you have described your organization’s needs in your voice. Do not use boilerplate language or copy from vendors, manufacturers, other grant applicants, etc.
  • Check the quantities and costs for all budgeted line items that you are requesting and confirm that there are no discrepancies between the Request Details section of the application and the Narrative.
  • Ensure that you have included costs for all items and/or activities that are needed to implement your grant, if awarded.
  • Have all application fields, or questions, been answered?
  • Ask a colleague who is not involved with the actual writing of the grant to proofread your application. 
  • Make sure that all facts and figures are accurate throughout the entire application.

SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION

The submission of your grant application in FEMA GO is a two-step process.

Step 1:As you input information into your grant application in FEMA GO, the status of your application will read “Pending submission.”
 After all required information is entered, you will see a button labeled “Submit for signature” in the Review Application section. Green checkmarks listed for every section of the application signifies all required information is entered correctly.
 Clicking the “Submit for signature” button moves the application to the second, and final step, of the submission process.
Step 2:When the application moves to this step, the application status will read “Pending AOR Signature.” The application must be electronically signed by an individual who is assigned the FEMA GO user role of AOR for the submitting organization. An organization can have multiple people assigned with the user role of AOR. The AOR that submits the application will automatically become the Primary Point of Contact (POC) for the grant application.PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must add a secondary POC to the grant application and the secondary POC must be someone other than the AOR who is submitting the application.
 If you are assigned the role of AOR for your organization, you will have the ability to continue the application and proceed with signing/submitting.
 If you are not assigned the role of AOR, such as “Grant Writer”, you will not be able to sign and submit the application. In such cases, you must coordinate with a person assigned the role of AOR in the submitting organization. A person assigned as an AOR must log into FEMA GO and complete the final signature submission steps.
 There are several assurances and certifications that must be completed and signed by the AOR in the “Submit application” process. The “Submit” button will become active once the AOR has completed all required signatures on the Submit Application page.
 Click the “Submit” button to submit your application to FEMA.
 Once the AOR clicks the ‘Submit’ button, the screen will refresh, and the status of the application will read “Submitted to FEMA”. The application is now submitted. The AOR should receive an email from the FEMA GO system, sent from [email protected], confirming the submission. Please check “Spam” or “Junk” folders if the email is not received shortly after successful submission.

Applications that have been reopened are no longer considered submitted and will not be considered for funding. To have reopened applications considered for funding, you must complete the submission process again.

HAVE LAST-MINUTE QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS?

If you have last-minute questions about applying for an AFG grant, or are having technical problems with the electronic application, call the Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or send an e-mail to [email protected].The AFG Help Desk staff will be on hand Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET to help applicants through the end of the application period.

  • Having computer or technical problems? Late submissions will not be accepted even if due to problems such as expired passwords or technical malfunctions. If you are having a problem submitting your application, you must report the problem to the AFG Help Desk before the application deadline of Friday, January 21st at 5 p.m. ET.
  • Formal submission of the completed application is required. Many applications appear to be complete but have not been officially submitted into the FEMA GO system. No application will be processed automatically or considered for funding unless the applicant properly submits the request and receives a subsequent e-mail confirmation.
  • FEMA GO automatically records proof of timely submission and the system generates an electronic date/time stamp when FEMA GO successfully receives the application. The individual with the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) role that submitted the application will also receive the official date/time stamp and a FEMA GO tracking number in an email serving as proof of their timely submission on the date and time that FEMA GO received the application. Applications received by FEMA GO after the extended application submission deadline will be considered late and will not be considered for funding.

FY 2021 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants

$46 million in fire grants available

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-21-GPD-044-00-97

Grant Application Period: Tuesday, January 18, at 8 a.m. ET, through Friday, February 18, at 5 p.m. ET

150 fire grant awards projected for fire safety and fire prevention

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Program is one of three grant programs that constitute the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) focus on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

The FP&S Program provides financial assistance directly to eligible fire departments, national, regional, state, local, tribal and non-profit organizations such as academic (e.g., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions for fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development such as clinical studies that address behavioral, social science, and cultural research.

What this grant does for your agency

The FP&S Program has awarded approximately $770 million in grant funding to provide critically needed resources to strengthen community fire prevention programs and enable scientific research on innovations that improve firefighter safety, health, and wellness.

Agencies awarded the FY 2021 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants receive resources to carry out:

  • Fire prevention education and training
  • Fire code enforcement
  • Fire/arson investigation
  • Firefighter safety and health programming
  • Prevention efforts
  • Research and development

Estimated Total Program Funding: $46 million

Expected Number of Awards: 150

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines.

About FEMA

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 5 p.m. EST, Feb. 18, 2021.

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Open Federal grant award? Don’t miss this reporting deadline

SF-425 due by January, 31, 2022

The government kept their promise, now it’s time for you to keep yours! SF-425 due January, 31, 2022: don’t miss this critical reporting deadline.

When your agency was selected for award of a federal grant, you promised that ALL reports would be completed and filed on time.

This is a reminder that anyone with a Federal grant award, that has not been officially closed, must submit your Federal Financial Report (SF-425) no later than Jan. 31, 2022. This report includes all financial activity from the start of the period of performance up to Dec. 31, 2021.

You are required to complete this report even if no funds have been expended during the reporting period.

To complete your Federal Financial Report (SF-425), please log in to FEMA GO and navigate to your grant.

For more information, review the Federal Financial Report instructions or visit FEMA.gov for Frequently asked questions. For further questions or assistance, contact the AFG Helpdesk toll-free at 1-866-274-0960 or email [email protected].

FY 2021 Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Program Application Period Announcement

FEMA fire grant news

The funding notice is available for the fiscal year 2021 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program, and the application period will open on Tuesday, January 18, at 8 a.m. ET and close on Friday, February 18, at 5 p.m. ET.

Start planning your FY 2021 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity and application guidance materials. These documents can be viewed at Fire Prevention & Safety Documents | FEMA.gov  and/or downloaded to your computer:

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity
  • Applicant Checklist
    • This checklist will help you prepare to answer questions within the grant application.
  • Self-Evaluation – Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S)  Activity
    • This sheet will help you understand the criteria that you must address in your Narrative Statement when applying for FP&S Activity grant.
  • FP&S Frequently Asked Questions 
  • FP&S Research and Development Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Cost Share Calculator
    • This calculator will help you understand and determine your organization’s cost share for FP&S grants.
  • FEMA GO Account Creation User Guide
  • Economic Hardship Waiver

Fire Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the guidance materials listed above, call or email the Fire Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address is for questions is [email protected].The Fire Grants Help Desk is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET.  

FY 2021 FP&S LIVE WEBINARS

FEMA will host live Adobe Connect webinars to provide an overview of the FY 2021 FP&S Program. The application webinar is intended to outline important information on the FP&S program, what is new for 2021, program priorities, eligible costs, how to navigate the grant application, and tips for preparing a FP&S application. FEMA Preparedness Officers will be available to answer your questions.

FP&S Webinar Schedule

TopicDay of the week Date  Time 
FY 2021 FP&S ActivityWednesday01/19/20222 – 3:30 p.m. ET
FY 2021 FP&S Research and Development ActivityFriday01/21/20222 – 3:30 p.m. ET
FY 2021 FP&S ActivityWednesday 01/26/2022. noon – 1:30 p.m. ET
FY 2021 FP&S ActivityTuesday02/01/20221 – 2:30 p.m. ET
FY 2021 FP&S ActivityWednesday02/09/2022 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET
FY 2021 FP&S ActivityWednesday02/16/20222 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Live Webinars: Webinar sessions will be broadcast using an Adobe Connect webinar link. We suggest that you save this link to your web browser’s favorites. The Adobe Connect webinar link can be found at https://fema.connectsolutions.com/fy21fpswebinars/. A conference line will also be available at 800-320-4330 Conference Code: 258436

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;
  3. Agree to the terms of the Adobe Connect system, click on “OK”.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, you may test your connection and audio at   https://fema.connectsolutions.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

APPLICATION PORTAL

The online FP&S grant application will be available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program’s FEMA GO (FEMA Grants Outcomes) application portal at https://go.fema.gov.

All users must have their own FEMA GO account. Each account is specific to the authorized user and must not be shared with other personnel. A FEMA GO Account Creation User Guide can be viewed on the FP&S Program website or downloaded to your computer.

Web Browser Information

FEMA GO will only support the most recent major release of the following browsers:            

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Microsoft Edge

Users who attempt to use tablet type devices or other browsers may encounter issues with using FEMA GO.

SAM.GOV REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO APPLY AND RECEIVE GRANTS

All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can start 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. To register, or validate your SAM.gov information, please visit https://www.sam.gov/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

The above information should be consistent throughout all registration documents.

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.

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

If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at  https://www.fsd.gov/gsafsd_sp

Remember: FY 2021 AFG fire grant extension deadline is Jan. 21

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Application Period Extended for FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program

AFG updates from FEMA

FEMA has been working with the General Services Administration to resolve interface issues related to SAM.gov that were affecting some applicants’ ability to begin inputting their federal fiscal year (FY) 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program applications into the FEMA GO System. Specifically, this issue included applicants that received error messages stating their organizations were not found and that their Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)/Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) combination did not exist despite the applicants’ SAM.gov accounts being fully active.

As this issue is ongoing, the FY 2021 AFG Program application period will remain open until January 21, 2022 5:00 p.m. ET.

All applicants will automatically be granted this extension.

This ensures that applicants affected by the UEI/EFT issue will have sufficient time to complete the online application. The extension to the application period will not affect the award timeline.

In the meantime, FEMA continues to strongly encourage applicants to review the FY 2021 AFG Program Notice of Funding Opportunity and the associated tools posted on the FEMA website here: FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Application Guidance Materials | FEMA.gov.

In preparation for application submission, applicants may also draft their narratives separately and cut and paste them into the appropriate areas of FEMA GO once the SAM.gov interface issue is resolved. The questions that are asked in the narrative section may be found in the FY 2021 AFG Program Narrative Get Ready Guide.

FY 2021 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) application period open

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

Fire jobs grant news from FEMA

The fiscal year (FY) 2021 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program application period will open on Monday, January 3, at 8 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, February 4, at 5 p.m. ET.

Start planning your FY 2021 SAFER grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and application guidance materials. These materials were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2021 grant applications ahead of the application period. These documents can be viewed on the SAFER Program website at www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/safer/documents and/or downloaded to your computer:

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • Self-Evaluation – Hiring of Firefighters
    • Career, combination and volunteer fire departments
  • Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Fire Departments
    • Combination and volunteer fire departments
  • Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Interest Organizations
    • National, State, Local, or Tribal Volunteer Firefighters Interest Organizations
  • SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • FEMA GO Account Creation User Guide
  • Applicant Checklist
    • This checklist will help you prepare to answer questions within the grant application.
  • Recruitment and Retention – Request Details Description Instructions
    • This document will provide Recruitment and Retention applicants with a list of the categories and sub-category available in the application as well as information on the level of details needed for each budget line item.

Fire Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the guidance materials listed above, call or email the Fire Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address is for questions is [email protected].The Fire Grants Help Desk is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET.  


APPLICATION PORTAL

The online SAFER grant application will be available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program’s FEMA GO (FEMA Grants Outcomes) application portal at https://go.fema.gov.

All users must have their own FEMA GO account. Each account is specific to the authorized user and must not be shared with other personnel. A FEMA GO Account Creation User Guide can be viewed on the SAFER Program website or downloaded to your computer.

Web Browser Information

FEMA GO will only support the most recent major release of the following browsers:             

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Microsoft Edge

Users who attempt to use tablet type devices or other browsers may encounter issues with using FEMA GO.

SAM.GOV REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO APPLY AND RECEIVE GRANTS

All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can start 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. To register, or validate your SAM.gov information, please visit https://www.sam.gov/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

The above information should be consistent throughout all registration documents.

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.

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

If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at  https://www.fsd.gov/gsafsd_sp

Submitting Preparer Information

FEMA requires that all applicants identify any individual or organization that assisted with the development, preparation, or review of the application to include drafting or writing the narrative and budget, whether that person, entity, or agent is compensated or not and whether the assistance took place prior to submitting the 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 advise you to not list them in the preparer information section of the application, or refuse to be listed, please notify the SAFER program office.

Police grants: Do you know how to accept an award in JustGrants?

How to receive grant funds via DoJ’s grant system

Justice grants and law enforcement grants awarded through the Department of Justice (DOJ) may require acceptance and management through their JustGrants system.

But… do you know how to use it, so your agency can accept the grant they’ve received?

How to Accept an Award in JustGrants (PDF)

Reminder: America’s biggest fire grant closes Dec. 17

Firefighters

$414M in fire grants available through FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

With $414M available in fire grant funding, the FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is America’s biggest fire grant. Funds can be used for:

  • Operations and Safety;
  • Vehicle Acquisition; and
  • Regional Projects

AFG is also closing soon: In order to be in the running, your Fire Service Organization needs to submit its application by Dec. 17, 2021, 5 p.m. ET.

Learn more and apply