Ready, set… FEMA GO?

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FEMA announces new grant management system

What do we know about FEMA GO?

  • The goal of FEMA GO is to modernize and consolidate existing FEMA grants management systems into one single IT platform with one common grants management life cycleto reduce the complexity of FEMA Grants
  • The new grants system, FEMA Grants Outcomes, or FEMA GO for short, is targeted for use by FEMA personnel and our State, Local Governments Tribal and Territorial partners.

How GMM affects Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs:

  • All of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP) are the pilot programs in FEMA GO system.
    • Starting with FY 2018 AFG, SAFER, and FP&S all future FIRE Act grants will be managed within FEMA GO system.
    • The FY 2019 AFG, SAFER, and FP&S applications will be submitted using FEMA GO system.
    • Starting with FY 2015 AFG awards will submit final performance report (close out documents) in FEMA GO system. (Not Available Until 2020)
  • FY 2018 Award Recipients will need to register in FEMA GO system to accept FY 2018 grant awards. Here are the registration instructions .

What’s the status of the FY18 awards?

In the coming weeks AFGP will start announcing awards. We are committed to ensuring all recipients will be notified through this transition between systems. All awards will be announced prior to September 30, 2019. 


Live AFG Webinar Updates:

Beginning August 29th, 2019, AFGP staff will host a live webinar series to educate organizations on how to register in FEMA GO. The webinars will teach attendees about the FEMA GO system, how to register, and accept a pending award. FEMA staff will be available to answer any questions concerning transitioning to the new system.

FEMA GO Registration     

*Thursday, August 29th – September 12th at  2 p.m. EDT

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Opening soon: COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and Community Policing Development Microgrants

COPS

Big news!

Despite interest in the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and Community Policing Development Microgrants Initiative, both programs have been on hold while a lawsuit made its way through Federal court. Law Enforcement Agencies like yours have been waiting for over a year for a resolution on these programs.

However, according to a notice from the COPS Office, the lawsuit has been resolved.

Here are the 3 most important things for you to know right now:

  1. Both programs are expected to open for applications in the next few weeks
  2. Programs will be open for applications for approximately 60 days
  3. The COPS Office expects to announce awards in December

We’ll keep you posted on updates and when your agency can apply for these programs.

Here’s the full announcement from the COPS Office:

The COPS Office is pleased to announce that we will soon be opening applications for both the 2018 and 2019 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and the Community Policing Development Microgrant Initiative. On Friday, July 12, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Department of Justice in the City of Los Angeles v. William P. Barr, Attorney General, lifting the nationwide injunction on CHP and the Microgrants. The COPS Office plans to open solicitations for both the 2018 and 2019 funding in the coming days. Once the solicitations are open and we’re ready to receive applications, we’ll send an additional notice with links to all of the appropriate materials.

The solicitations will be open for approximately 60 days and we expect to announce awards in December.

Please stay tuned for additional details and do not hesitate to contact the COPS Office Response Center at 1-800-421-6770 if you have any questions.

We at First Responder Grants are keeping a close eye and will let you know when these programs open. Want to know how these programs could help your agency? Get in touch

Get ready for AFG: What does your department need?

Conduct a needs assessment now

AFG is coming.

The question is, will your department be ready to hit the ground running when the Fire Service’s biggest grant opens for applications?

Get. Ready. Now.

And the way you get ready, is to know what you need. To know what you need, it’s time to conduct a needs assessment. We’re going to walk you through how.

Quarterback wants to help LEAs with K-9 units

Reminder: Apply for this K9 grant by Aug. 15

If your LEA is in Pittsburgh, PA, or in the city/surrounding area of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2019 regular season, then your department is eligible for a special K-9 grant.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, founded by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, welcomes grant inquiries for support until August 15, 2019. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will disperse grants to police and fire department K-9 units throughout the U.S. The majority of the grants distributed will help K-9 units to purchase dogs and dog safety vests, but other types of K-9 related needs are considered.

New grant-writing training

National and Online Training for Public Safety Grant Writing

Join us in University Center, MI, Sept. 29-30, 2020

Two days of meat and potatoes grant-writing training!

We designed our training to turn you into a first-rate public safety grant writer. Presented in language you can understand and comprehend. Learn how to help your agency get the training, to get the grant, to get the gear!

Applied for AFG and got this email from SAM.gov? Do this right now

SAM.gov

If your department is like thousands of others around the country, you are wondering when you are going to hear about your AFG application. We’ve been hearing about fire departments receiving some eye-widening emails, and here’s what our own Senior Grant Consultant has to say about the instructions in the email:

“The following emails are starting to arrive in people’s mailboxes,” says Kurt. “I do not believe it is an indication of an award to anyone. However, the only people receiving them are those with 2018 AFG applications in the system right now. If you have any application submitted and under consideration at this time, you need to do this right now!”

If you’ve received an email like the one below, follow these instructions:

System for Award Management (SAM) Reminders

This is a reminder that per the FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP) all grant applicants must have been registered in System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting their online application.

All Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times while they have an application pending or have an active federal award.

FEMA may not make an award to an applicant if they do not have an active SAM.gov registration with current information.


Therefore, we recommended that all applicants check their SAM.gov account to make sure it is ACTIVE. 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 registrations are only active for one year and registration must be renewed and revalidated at least every 12 months from the date previously registered to avoid being INACTIVE.
  • This information should be consistent in all registration documents

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

First Responder Grants can help too.

The information above is what we’ve been hearing about coming from SAM and FEMA. Are you trying to figure out what this means for your grant and your application?

We can help with that. Contact us today

NIMS Alert 17-19: Release for Publication: NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions

NIMS Alert FEMA

FEMA’s National Integration Center released two Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions documents today related to the Environmental Response/Health and Safety core capability of the National Preparedness Goal:

  • Hazardous Materials Technician; and
  • Hazardous Materials Response Team

NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness. NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.

Hazardous Materials Technicians respond to hazardous materials (HAZMAT) incidents, including those involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). 

A Hazardous Materials Response Team is an organized group of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) technicians who respond to HAZMAT incidents, including those involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

To view the documents visit the Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT)

For any question regarding NIMS or related products please contact fema-nims@fema.dhs.gov

Your next Law Enforcement grant can stand out with these 3 resources

One tree stands taller than the others

Every year Law Enforcement Agencies around the country apply for grants. Competition is stiff. One of the things that can help your grant stand taller than the rest?

Solid data.

Facts and figures paint a picture that shows the grant reviewer your need—and why your agency deserves a grant over another.

Here are 3 resources that can help your next grant stand out:

Arrest Data Analysis Tool – Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

This dynamic data analysis tool allows you to generate tables and figures of arrest data from 1980 onward. You can view national arrest estimates, customized either by age and sex or by age group and race, for many offenses. This tool also enables you to view data on local arrests.

Check out the Arrest Data Analysis Tool

Kids Count

Great site for Juvenile Justice statistical research for your area and for comparisons regarding other geographical areas of the U.S. Data can be viewed in the form of profiles, rankings, or raw data. Created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count has compiled indicators of child well-being from U.S. Census data and other sources, and created an interactive online database.

Check out the Kids Count

Crime Statistics – Finding Statistics and Data – Managed by the University of Michigan Library

Find data produced by governments on a wide variety of topics including data on local communities, other countries, criminal justice, incarceration and jails.

Check out the Crime Statistics

Is your agency in SAM? FY 2018 System for Award Management (SAM) Reminders

SAM.gov

This is a reminder that per the FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP) all grant applicants must have been registered in System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting their online application.

All Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times while they have an application pending or have an active federal award.

FEMA may not make an award to an applicant if they do not have an active SAM.gov registration with current information.


Therefore, we recommended that all applicants check their SAM.gov account to make sure it is “ACTIVE.” 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 registrations are only active for one year and registration must be renewed and revalidated at least every 12 months from the date previously registered to avoid being “INACTIVE”.
  • This information should be consistent in all registration documents

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