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)

FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

$414 million in fire grants available

Application period: Nov. 8–Dec. 17, 2021

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-21-GPD-044-00-98

Grant Deadline: Dec. 17, 2021

Fund critical equipment needs for the Fire Service

The FY 2021 AFG Program has three activities:

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

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

The AFG Program provides financial assistance directly to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTAs) for critical training and equipment.

The AFG Program has awarded approximately $7.7 billion in grant funding to provide critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

The AFG Program represents 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 AFG Program supports the goal to Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience. In awarding grants, the FEMA Administrator is required to consider:

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

Agencies awarded the FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) receive funds for the procurement of critical equipment.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $414 million

Projected Number of Awards: 2,500

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Period of Performance: 24 months

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines.

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than Dec. 17, 2021, 5 p.m. ET.


Apply for the FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

Fire grant alert! FY 2021 AFG opens Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at 8am ET

AFG news from FEMA

The FY 2021 AFG application period will open on Monday,  November 8, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Start planning your FY 2021 AFG grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on the AFG website . 

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

FY 2021 AFG Grant Program Workshops

For applicants interested in learning how to apply for funding under the AFG program, FEMA is hosting a series of workshops covering the AFG application process. These workshop will outline important information and reminders about cost share requirements, program priorities, eligible costs, how to navigate the grant application, and tips for preparing an AFG application. 

The AFG Workshop Schedule can be found on the AFG website.

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.

Reminder: This grant closes in a few days

Apply for Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant by Nov. 10

How is your Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant application running along?

Remember: This program’s current round closes Nov. 10, 2021.

And “firehouse” might be in the name, but this grant isn’t just for the Fire Service. Public safety entities and first responders from across the industry are welcome to apply.

This is a must-try grant, folks! Look over your gear priorities today and see how your organization can try for this grant:

Learn more and apply

GRANT ALERT! Public safety equipment grant opens Oct. 13

Apply for Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant by Nov. 10

The latest application round of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant opens Oct. 13.

Don’t let the name fool you: This popular grant is open to first responders and public safety entities across the sector.

The Foundation mainly focuses its resources in areas served by Firehouse Subs restaurants, typically within a 60-mile radius of a Firehouse Subs location. However, the Foundation does consider applications outside of the 60-mile guideline.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation supports improving the lifesaving capabilities of first responders and public safety agencies.

Learn more and apply

FM Global fire grant closes Sept. 30, 2021

Funding for Fire Prevention, Preparedness & Control Efforts

FM Global offers fire grants to organizations working to combat fire. Fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts, including pre-fire planning, fire prevention education/training and arson prevention/fire investigation.

Learn more and apply

Free recycled ballistic vests

Apply now with the St. Michael’s Shield Project

The Armor of God Project began in 2009 and in 2018 transitioned into Vest For Life.

The program is now headquartered in Knoxville, TN, but their mission remains the same: Protect those who protect us by providing donated ballistic vests to officers who need them.

Learn more and apply

Police grants: What is an Application Submitter?

Police grant help: A key role for OJP grants

According to OJP, the Application Submitter role in JustGrants is one of six foundational roles in DoJ’s new grants management system to help entities complete the specific requirements and tasks associated with a funding application.

The individual in your organization who is assigned to be the Application Submitter is responsible for completing and submitting the application and budget documents. This includes Entity Assurances and Certifications.

An entity may have multiple Application Submitters within JustGrants. However, there can only be one Application Submitter assigned to each application at a time. Should an Application Submitter need to be replaced, the Entity Administrator can reassign roles within JustGrants.

To learn more, review the DOJ Application Submission Checklist, which covers all necessary steps the Application Submitter should take to complete the two-part application process in Grants.gov and JustGrants. You may also visit the Application Submission Training page on the JustGrants website.

Fire grants: What we know so far about AFG, SAFER, and FP&S

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That’s right: It’s could be a busy summer for fire grants!

Based on recent updates from FEMA, here’s what we know so far about fire grants:

  • AFG-S awards have been given a 1-year period of performance extension.
  • SAFER and FP&S that expire in 2021 will also have a 1-year period of performance extension.
  • 2020 AFG awards are expected to start at the end of June or early July.
  • 2020 SAFER and FP&S awards are expected to start in July or August.
  • We expect FY 2021 AFG, SAFER and FP&S grants to open in November 2021.

Ready to plan your fire grant priorities?

Contact one of our Grant Consultants today!