2 public safety grant-writing training sessions for April 2021

Train online or in person this month

Spring has sprung, and we are springing into April with 2 opportunities for you to get grant-writing training!

April Zoom Grant Writing Class, April 24-25, 2021

In Person Tilton Police Dept, NH, Apr. 15-16, 2021

Write your best grant… even your first one

Whether you’ve written grants before or are a rookie trying to get off to a solid start, our training can raise your grant game:

  • See examples of real-world, winning grants
  • Understand what RFPs (Requests for Proposals) and NOFOs (Notices of Funding Opportunity) are… and what they’re asking for
  • Break down “grant speak” into real talk you and your superiors can understand

Whether you join us on Zoom or in New Hampshire, we can’t wait to see you. Grants are out there! Let’s get you the training… that gets the funds… that gets that gear!

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April Zoom Grant Writing Class, April 24-25, 2021

In Person Tilton Police Dept, NH, Apr. 15-16, 2021

AFG Fire Grant Alert: Modifications to the FY 2019 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and FY 2019 AFG Awards

Firefighters

Alert from FEMA

The attached FEMA Information Bulletin (IB) No. 461 modifies the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program reporting, period of performance, and amendment requirements contained in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) acknowledges the delays in the successful deployment of grants management functionality for reporting and amendments via the FEMA Grants Outcomes (FEMA GO) system. In response, FEMA is providing a one-time, 12-month extension to all FY 2019 AFG Program awards. Further, FEMA is delaying the timelines for required financial and performance reports. Please review the attached Information Bulletin for full details.

You are receiving this message as the primary point of contact for a FY 2019 AFG grant. You are encouraged to share this information with anyone in your organization responsible for managing any FY 2019 AFG grant(s).

If you have any questions regarding the attached Information Bulletin, you can contact your AFG Preparedness Officer (PO) or the AFG Help Desk at firegrants@fema.dhs.gov or (866) 274-0960.

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Fire jobs grant open now

Apply for the FY 2020 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program by Mar. 12, 2021

Up to $355M in fire job grants available from FEMA under the FY 2020 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program.

The objectives of the SAFER Program are to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to respond to emergencies and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

Local fire departments accomplish this by improving staffing and deployment capabilities, so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.

Agencies awarded the FY 2020 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program receive funds to recruit and hire firefighters.

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FY 2020 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program

Up to $355 million in fire job grants available from FEMA

Fire jobs grants application period open Mon., Feb. 8, through Fri., Mar. 12, at 5 p.m. ET

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-20-GPD-083-00-99

Assistance Listings (formerly Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number): 97.083

Grant Deadline: Mar. 12, 2021

300 firefighter job grant awards projected

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Staffing for Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant
Program (SAFER) is one of 3 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 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 fire protection from fire and fire-related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments.

The SAFER Program represents one part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS. Among the 5 basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, the SAFER Program supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

In awarding grants, the FEMA Administrator is required to consider:

  • The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel;
  • The degree to which an award will reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage by reducing the risks associated with fire-related and other hazards;
  • The extent of an applicant’s need for a SAFER Program grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole; and,
  • The number of calls requesting or requiring a firefighting or emergency medical response received by an applicant.

What this grant does for your agency

The objectives of the SAFER Program are to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to respond to emergencies and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

Local fire departments accomplish this by improving staffing and deployment capabilities, so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.

Agencies awarded the FY 2020 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program receive funds to recruit and hire firefighters.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $$355 million

Projected Number of Awards: 300

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines.

About FEMA

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during and after disasters. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 5 p.m. EST, Mar. 12, 2021.

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Apply for the FY 2020 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program

SAFER firefighter jobs grant opens Feb. 8, 2021

Firefighters

Application period opens Monday, Feb. 8, for FY 2020 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program

The FY 2020 SAFER application period will open on Monday, February 8, at 8 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, March 12, at 5 p.m. ET

SAFER firefighter jobs grant news from FEMA

Start planning your FY 2020 SAFER grant application now by reviewing FEMA’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and application guidance materials. These materials were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2020 grant applications ahead of the application period. These documents can be viewed on the SAFER Program website at FY 2020 SAFER Application Guidance Materials 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

Coming Soon

  • 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 firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.The Fire Grants Help Desk is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET.  


FY 2020 SAFER LIVE WEBINARS

FEMA will host live Adobe Connect webinars to provide an overview of the FY 2020 SAFER grant program. The presentations will outline important information and reminders about cost share requirements, program priorities, eligible costs, how to navigate the grant application, and tips for preparing a SAFER application. FEMA Preparedness Officers will be available to answer your questions.

SAFER Webinar Schedule:

TopicDay of WeekDateTime Conference Line (300 lines max)
FY 2020 SAFER Recruitment and Retention ActivityTuesday02/09/20211- 3 pm. ET800-320-4330 Conference Code: 849044
FY 2020 SAFER Hiring of Firefighters ActivityWednesday02/10/20211- 3 pm. ET800-320-4330 Conference Code: 849044
FY 2020 SAFER Recruitment and Retention ActivityWednesday02/17/20211- 3 pm. ET800-320-4330 Conference Code: 849044
FY 2020 SAFER Hiring of Firefighters ActivityThursday02/18/20211- 3 pm. ET800-320-4330 Conference Code: 849044
FY 2020 SAFER Recruitment and Retention ActivityTuesday02/23/20211- 3 pm. ET800-320-4330 Conference Code: 849044
FY 2020 SAFER Hiring of Firefighters ActivityThursday2/25/20211 – 3 pm. ET800-320-4330 Conference Code: 849044

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/fy20saferwebinar/

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 SAFER grant application is 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 AFG 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/fsd-gov/home.do.


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.


Need help applying for the SAFER fire jobs grant?

GRANT ALERT! Fire safety & prevention grant open now

Apply by Feb. 26

With $35.5M available, FP&S is a FEMA grant that provides funding for your department’s fire safety and prevention programs.

100 grant awards are projected, providing Fire Service organizations with critical direct resources for:

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

Application deadline: Feb. 26, 2021

Learn more and apply

Stephen & Tabitha King fire grants award $115,000 to 4 Maine fire departments

Firefighters

Since 1986, the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation has been supporting Maine communities. As part of their 2020 grant process, the Foundation awarded fire grants totaling $115,000 to 4 Maine fire departments and First Responder Grants clients and students:

  • Randolph Fire Department, Maine, $40,000 for turnout gear
  • Nobleboro Fire Department, Maine, $20,000 for auto extrication equipment
  • Lebanon Fire Department, Maine, $35,000 for station addition
  • Turner Fire Department, Maine, $20,000 for auto extrication equipment

“Grants are available from generous private citizens and nonprofit organizations too,” says Greg Bavis, Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “Public safety agencies are trying to bridge those difficult gaps between their budget and their needs. State-focused programs such as the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation are making it possible for these four Maine fire departments to improve how they protect their communities and their personnel.”

Your department could be next!

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

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants

$35.5 million for fire safety and prevention programs

Application Period

Opens: Monday, January 25, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. ET
Closes: Friday, February 26, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-20-GPD-044-00-97

Assistance Listings (formerly Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number): 97.044

Grant Deadline: February 26, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET

100 fire safety grants projected

The FP&S Program provide 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.

The FP&S Program represents one part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, the FP&S Program supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience. In awarding grants, the FEMA Administrator is required to consider:

  • The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel;
  • The degree to which an award will reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage by reducing the risks associated with fire related and other hazards; and
  • The extent of an applicant’s need for an FP&S Program grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole.

The 2018-2022 FEMA Strategic Plan creates a shared vision for the field of emergency management and sets an ambitious, yet achievable, path forward to unify and further professionalize emergency management across the country. The FP&S Program supports the goal of Readying the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters. We invite all of our stakeholders and partners to also adopt these priorities and join us in building a stronger Agency and a more prepared and resilient Nation.

What this grant does for your agency

The objectives of the FP&S Program are to provide critically needed resources to carry out fire prevention education and training, fire code enforcement, fire/arson investigation, firefighter safety and health programming, prevention efforts, and research and development.

Agencies awarded the FY 2021 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) receive funds toward programs that aid their departments and communities in fire safety and fire prevention efforts.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $35.5 million

Projected Number of Awards: 100

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines.

About FEMA

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during and after disasters. FEMA’s core values and guiding principles help us achieve it. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 5 p.m. ET, Feb. 26, 2021.

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

FY2020 AFG is open! Apply for America’s biggest fire grant by Feb. 12

Firefighters

This is it, folks!

FY 2020 AFG has opened. The deadline to apply for America’s biggest fire grant is Feb. 12, 2021.

The objectives of the AFG Program are to:

  • Provide critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards
  • Enhance operational efficiencies
  • Foster interoperability, and
  • Support community resilience

AFG enhances public safety and firefighter safety by providing financial assistance for critical training and equipment directly to eligible:

  • Fire departments
  • Nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and
  • State Fire Training Academies (SFTAs)

2,000 awards are projected. Will one of them go to your department?

AFG: Learn more and apply

FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

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$319,500,000 in fire grants for equipment and training

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-20-GPD-044-00-98

Assistance Listings (formerly Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number): 97.044

Application Period Opens: Monday, January 4, 2021, 8:00 a.m. ET

Application Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET

Enhance public safety and firefighter safety with respect to fire and fire-related hazards

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program is one of 3 fire grant programs from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). AFG focuses on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

The FY 2020 AFG Program has 3 activities:

  1. Operations and Safety
  2. Vehicle Acquisition
  3. Regional Projects

Each activity has its own eligibility requirements. These requirements are outlined in the NOFO: Appendix B: Programmatic Information and Priorities.

The objectives of the AFG Program are to:

  • Provide critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards
  • Enhance operational efficiencies
  • Foster interoperability, and
  • Support community resilience

What this grant does for your agency

AFG enhances public safety and firefighter safety by providing financial assistance for critical training and equipment directly to eligible:

  • Fire departments
  • Nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and
  • State Fire Training Academies (SFTAs)

The AFG Program represents one part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS. Among the 5 basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, the AFG Program supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience. In awarding grants, the FEMA Administrator is required to consider the following:

  • The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP);
  • The degree to which an award will reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage by reducing the risks associated with fire related and other hazards;
  • The extent of an applicant’s need for an AFG Program grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole; and
  • The number of calls requesting or requiring a firefighting or emergency medical response received by an applicant.

Agencies awarded the FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) receive direct grants to aid with procuring equipment and training,

Estimated Total Program Funding: $$319,500,000

Projected Number of Awards: 2,000

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Fire Departments

Fire departments operating in any of the 50 states, as well as fire departments in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A fire department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, local, tribal, or territorial authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area.

Nonaffiliated EMS organizations

Nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,2 or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A nonaffiliated EMS organization is an agency or organization that is a public or private nonprofit emergency medical service entity providing medical transport that is not affiliated with a hospital and does not serve a geographic area in which emergency medical services are adequately provided by a fire department. FEMA considers the following as hospitals under the AFG Program: Clinics, Medical centers, Medical college or university, Infirmary, Surgery centers, and/or any other institution, association, or foundation providing medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and/or treatment for the sick or injured.

State Fire Training Academies

A SFTA operates in any of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Applicants must be designated either by legislation or by a Governor’s declaration as the sole fire service training agency within a state, territory, or the District of Columbia. The designated SFTA shall be the only agency, bureau, division, or entity within that state, territory, or the District of Columbia, to be an eligible SFTA applicant under the AFG Program.

About the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA’s mission is to help people before, during and after disasters More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 5 p.m. EST, Fri., Feb. 12, 2021.

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Apply for the FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)