FEMA announces second AFG-COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) Application Period for Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments this Fall

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FEMA is providing an additional chance for volunteer and combination fire departments to apply for funding under the FY 2020 AFG-S. Through this funding opportunity, FEMA will directly award funding for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies to support COVID-19 response. This includes reimbursement for expenditures made since Jan. 1, 2020. Grants will be awarded, using a competitive process, to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of AFG-S.

FEMA will provide more information on the application period soon.

Why are only volunteer and combination fire departments eligible?

By law, 25 percent of available AFG-S funds must be awarded to volunteer fire departments and another 25 percent must be awarded to combination fire departments. This second application period will be limited to those categories of fire departments to fulfill this requirement.

Can I apply again?

Volunteer and combination fire departments are eligible to apply in this round even if they had a successful application in the first round. However, applications must support new capabilities. Departments that applied in the first round but were unsuccessful must reapply to be considered for funding in this round. Applications from the first round will not automatically carry forward to this round for consideration.

Find more information on this funding opportunity at https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters

Webinars will start on Aug. 18, 2020, and run three times a week for three weeks. Please see our Webinar Schedule page in the days ahead for information on upcoming webinars.

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GRANT ALERT! Last chance for JAG

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) closes Aug. 10!

Through this opportunity, BJA is seeking applications to fund a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider that will provide law enforcement agencies with information and expertise from multiple organizations or consortia via a one-stop, dedicated response center.

Apply by Aug. 10, 2020

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FEMA announces AFG fire grant winners

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6 First Responder Grants clients and students awarded over $680,000

Award rounds have begun for the Assistance To Firefighters Grants. On Friday, July 31, FEMA began posting AFG fire grant winners to their website. To-date hundreds of grant winners have been announced, primarily in the Operations and Safety program.

In the first award round, six First Responder Grants clients and students were awarded over $680,000:

  • Pittsboro Fire Rescue, North Carolina, Vehicle Exhaust System, $101,429
  • Dwight Fire Protection District, Illinois, New Pagers, $35,943
  • Berlin Fire Department, Berlin, New Hampshire, SCBA, $176,350
  • Holderness Fire Department, Holderness, New Hampshire, SCBA, Compressor $ 152,854
  • New Hampton Fire & Rescue, New Hampton, New Hampshire, Auto Extrication Equipment $ 50,000
  • Pittsfield Fire Department, Pittsfield, New Hampshire, SCBA $ 163,550

FEMA will continue posting awards at FEMA.gov. Check back regularly for more updates.

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$800,000 Heavy Rescue Vehicle in Service for Washington Fire Department Thanks to AFG Fire Grant

In March 2020, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Washington, took delivery of an $800,000 Rescue 61 (GSO 11050) from KME thanks to an AFG grant

In March 2020, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Washington, took delivery of an $800,000 Rescue 61 (GSO 11050) from KME. CPFR won an FY 2017 fire grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, with grant writing and consulting assistance from Kurt Bradley at First Responder Grants.

Dubbed “Clyde,” the Heavy Rescue has already seen service on the old bridges, forest roads, and rugged terrain of Washington state. During a cliffside rescue incident outside of Mount Rainier National Park, in the middle of the night Clyde provided scene lighting, personnel transport, and rehab (not to mention fresh coffee, thanks to a Kuerig coffeemaker added by the CPFR team after taking delivery of Clyde.)

“Central Pierce is a key reminder that fire service organizations nationwide can get crucial funding for their operations, training, and equipment, including vehicles and apparatus,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grant Consultant with First Responder Grants. “Their needs assessment, understanding of the data needed to back up their application, and ability to state a clear case made them stand out. Now they have a new vehicle crucial to protecting their community and personnel.”

What equipment or training will your department request in this year’s AFG?

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Train your way

Grant-Writing Training

Online and in-person grant-writing training

“This course was so comprehensive that I keep my notes from the course available as a quick reference for any grant.”

– Kelly V. Teague, Certified Grant Writer, Haywood Community College, NC

You know it from every other aspect of your job:

Training makes all the difference in how you respond.

What can be the difference between a grant award letter and a “try again next time” note?

Yup.

Training.

For over 20 years, we’ve perfected grant-writing training so it can work for any public safety professional.

“I would definitely recommend First Responder Grants as your grant resource.”

– Brian Andrus, West Marshall Fire Department, Benton, KY

No matter how you want to train, we’ve got you covered. See you soon at training. Next stop… the winner’s circle!

“You are the one that gave me the guidance and what was needed to be so successful in being awarded!”

– Chief John Kirchner, Diamond Fire Company, OH

BJA Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation

BJA

Information and expertise for Law Enforcement

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Opportunity ID BJA-2020-18813

CFDA #16.738

Grant Deadline: Aug. 10, 2020

Fund a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider for LEAs

Through this opportunity, BJA is seeking applications to fund a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider that will provide law enforcement agencies with information and expertise from multiple organizations or consortia via a one-stop, dedicated response center.

What this grant does for your agency

Specifically, the objectives under this solicitation are to:

  • Coordinate TTA provided by the national leaders.
  • Develop information and resources for the field.
  • Deliver TTA to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines. The following entities are eligible to apply:

  • For-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations) with experience providing high level TTA to law enforcement agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with experience providing high level TTA to law enforcement agencies
  • Institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education) with experience providing high level TTA to law enforcement agencies

About the 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 Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than Aug. 10, 2020.

Apply

Apply for the BJA Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation

BJA Law Enforcement Training & Technical Assistance Response Center

BJA

Federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Opportunity ID BJA-2020-17276

Grant Deadline: Aug. 19, 2020

Additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government. BJA will award JAG Program funds to eligible units of local government as described in this FY 2020 JAG Program Local Solicitation (a separate solicitation was issued for states).

What this grant does for your agency

In general, JAG funds awarded to a unit of local government under this FY 2020 solicitation may be used to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice, including any one or more of the following:

  • Law enforcement programs
  • Prosecution and court programs
  • Prevention and education programs
  • Corrections and community corrections programs
  • Drug treatment and enforcement programs
  • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
  • Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)
  • Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams
  • Additionally, JAG funds awarded to a unit of local government under this FY 2020 solicitation may be used to enforce state and local laws that establish offenses similar to offenses established in 21 U.S.C. § 801 et seq. and/or to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, with emphasis on violent crime and serious offenders, by providing additional personnel, equipment, training, technical assistance, and information systems for the more widespread apprehension, prosecution, adjudication, detention, and rehabilitation of persons who violate these laws and to assist the victims of such crimes (other than compensation).

Agencies awarded the BJA Law Enforcement Training & Technical Assistance Response Center receive grants toward the types of programs above.

Applicants with eligible allocation amounts of less than $25,000 will apply to Category 1. Applicants with eligible allocation amounts of $25,000 or more will apply to Category
2.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines.

About the 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 Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than Aug. 19, 2020.

Apply

Apply for the BJA Law Enforcement Training & Technical Assistance Response Center

ONDCP: Reduce substance use in your community

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

Learn more about the Office of National Drug Control Policy

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is a component of the Executive Office of the President which works to reduce drug use and its consequences by leading and coordinating the development, implementation, and assessment of U.S. drug policy.

Established in 1988, ONDCP coordinates the federal government’s anti-drug efforts by:

  1. Developing a comprehensive National Drug Control Strategy which aims to reduce substance use through public health and public safety measures;
  2. Funding and coordinating the activities of law enforcement, community-based coalitions, and other actors working on the ground to combat substance misuse; and
  3. Coordinating the activities and related funding of sixteen Federal government agencies and departments to reduce the availability of and the demand for illicit substances.

While ONDCP works broadly on substance misuse, it is focused on the country’s ongoing Opioid Crisis which is caused by the misuse of prescription drugs, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Go to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

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“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”

Our best wishes to you on this Fourth of July

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence

Perhaps more than ever, 2020 is a time to reflect on our great nation and celebrate America. Our best thoughts are with you, along with our gratitude for all you do to keep our country safe.

Thank you and Happy Fourth of July!