May 27 is new FY2019 NEW SAFER Application Period Deadline

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

In recognition of the economic hardships facing local jurisdictions and fire departments across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf has waived the cost share, position cost limit, supplanting, and minimum budget requirements for FY19 SAFER grant applicants. For more information, see Information Bulletin 450 which can be found here.  In addition, the application period is being extended to May 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET. 

Please note: Funds under the FY 2019 SAFER Hiring of Firefighters Activity must be used to hire new, additional firefighters, and the costs to hire those firefighters must be at the usual annual costs of a first-year (i.e., entry-level) firefighter. This requirement has not been waived.

Additionally, the waiver of the requirements identified above does not apply to the FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) or to the FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant – COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S).

In consideration of the economic impact of the pandemic, Acting Secretary Wolf has also authorized waivers for certain provisions of the FY 2020 SAFER Grant Program. DHS/FEMA will provide more details on the FY 2020 changes soon.

Applicants no longer need to request an economic hardship waiver within the FY 2019 online application. If you have already submitted your FY 2019 application, no further action is needed at this time. The waiver of these provisions and the adjustments to the requested amount will be handled by the SAFER Program Office during their technical review of applications.

If you have not yet submitted your application, please note that the applications will continue to show the cost share/position cost limit. However, as stated above, there is nothing additional that applicants need to do regarding these provisions. The adjustment will be made by the SAFER Program Office.

The FEMA Grant Outcomes (GO) system 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. Applications received by FEMA GO after the extended application submission deadline will be deemed as late and typically will not be considered for funding.


DHS/FEMA will not review applications that are received after the extended deadline or consider them for funding except in cases where a technical problem outside of the applicant’s control prevented submission of the application by the deadline.

Start your AFG Regional Grant today

Firefighters

FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grants open this summer

Complicated fire grants such as regional projects take extra time to prepare—and AFG is just around the corner.

While we wait for FEMA to release application period details, now is the time to start discussing and working on your regional grant with us. Regional grants are complicated and take considerably more time to bring together successfully.

Don’t delay, get your project on the books with us today! It will give you a head start on everyone for 2020 AFG.

Start your AFG project with us today

Call Kurt Bradley at 863-551-9598

or

Call Greg Bavis at 605-254-4730

Firefighter jobs, hiring and recruiting: FY 2019 SAFER Fire Grant open for applications Apr. 13-May 27, 2020

Firefighters

FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant

UPDATE: Deadline extended to May 27, 2020!

$350,000,000 fire grant for firefighter jobs, hiring, and recruitment for fire departments

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

NOFO Number: DHS-19-GPD-083-000-99

Grant Application Period:

Opens Monday, April 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. ET
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020 May 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Increase the number of firefighters in your fire department

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program focuses 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 protection from fire and fire-related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments.

What this grant does for your agency

SAFER offers grants to support projects in 2 areas:

  1. Hiring of Firefighters Activity is to hire new, additional firefighters to improve staffing levels or changing the status of part-time or paid-on-call firefighters to full-time firefighters.
  2. Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity is to assist fire departments with the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters who are involved with or trained in the operations of firefighting and emergency response.

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant receive funds to help their department recruit and hire firefighters.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $350,000,000

Expected Number of Awards: 300

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

About the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Helping people before, during, and after disasters. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 5 p.m. EST, May 15 27, 2020.

Apply

Apply for the FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant

CARES Act and Firefighters: $100M for PPE and supplies to battle Coronavirus/COVID-19

FEMA Announcement: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The CARES Act authorizes $100M in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funds for the purchase of personal protective equipment and related supplies for our nation’s first responders. As fire departments provide lifesaving emergency medical response to more and more communities impacted by COVID-19, FEMA AFG is offering an additional funding opportunity for the fire service community to purchase urgently needed protective equipment and supplies.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. FEMA AFG received $100M in stimulus funding under the CARES Act.
  2. Included in this stimulus is personal protective equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 response efforts.
  3. A new AFG application period will be opening soon.
  4. Please be on the lookout for that announcement which will include additional details.

As we learn more about this funding and when FEMA plans to open up for applications, we will keep you posted. First Responder Grants is available to help your department navigate applying for these special grant funds:

Respond to wildland fires for populations under 10,000? This fire grant is just for you

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FY2020 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Program

Respond to wildland fires for populations under 10,000? The FY2020 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Program fire grant is just for you.

50/50 matching wildland fire grants to Fire Departments serving populations under 10,000

For Fire Service Organizations protecting populations under 10,000, the USDA and US Forestry Service (USFS) has a special fire grant program just for you.

With an FY 2020 budget of $18 million, the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant program funds 50/50 matching grants for volunteer and combination fire departments. Eligible programs include:

  • Equipment procurement for wildland firefighting
  • Firefighter training
  • Planning and preparedness activities

Detail, deadlines, and other requirements may vary by state. To learn more and apply for a VFA grant:

FY2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

$315,000,000 for Fire Service training, equipment, interoperability, and community resilience

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-19-GPD-044-00-99

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

Application Period: Mon., Feb. 3, 8:00 a.m. ET to Fri., Mar. 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET. DEADLINE EXTENDED to Mar. 20, 2020!

Grant funding for PPE, fire vehicles, training programs, and more

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
  • Support community resilience

Applying organizations need to also make sure they have registered with SAM.gov and the new FEMA GO system.

“The designated business representative (DBR) in SAM.gov is the person who must register the department in FEMA GO,” explains Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant for First Responder Grants. “While they are at it, the DBR can set their Grant Consultant as either a ‘Grant Writer’ or ‘Authorized Organizational Representative.’ They will need their grant writer’s email address to do so.”

What this grant does for your agency

AFG has three activities:

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

“Only apply for high-priority items,” says Kurt. “And remember, micro-grants and regional grants can sometimes be more effective than applying for a larger amount or applying as an individual agency.”

Agencies awarded the FY2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) receive grants with matching requirements to fund qualifying activities.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $315,000,000

Expected Number of Awards: 2,500

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines. Eligible Applicants include qualifying:

  • Fire Departments
  • Nonaffiliated EMS Organizations
  • State Fire Training Academies

About the FEMA

The Federam Emergency Management Agency’s mission is “helping people before, during, and after disasters.” More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET Fri, Mar., 13, 2019. DEADLINE EXTENDED to Mar. 20, 2020!

Apply

Apply for the FY2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

AFG opens soon, are you ready to GO?

FEMA GO guide to apply for and manage grants

FEMA is transitioning its grant applications and grant management to a new system called the FEMA Grant Outcomes system, or FEMA GO. From now on, FEMA GO is how departments like yours will apply for and manage public safety grants such as Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER), and Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S).

We’re not sure yet when AFG is going to open. Now is the time to get set up and familiar with FEMA GO. Once it’s go time for AFG, you’ll be off to the races!

Learn more in our FEMA GO Guide

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.

Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) 2019 K9 Grant

Dogs, dog safety vests, and other K-9 needs for US police and fire K-9 units

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines and Application

Grant Deadline: Thurs., Aug. 15, 2019

K-9 units of police and fire departments in Pittsburgh, PA and in the city/surrounding area of each regular season 2019 Steelers away game are eligible

Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF)

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, founded by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, welcomes grant inquiries for support until August 15, 2019.

What this grant does for your agency

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will disperse grants to police and fire department K-9 units throughout the U.S. This is the 13th grant cycle for The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. 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.

Agencies awarded the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) 2019 K9 Grant receive funds to support K-9 units in the Fire Service and at Law Enforcement Agencies.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible Communities And Estimated Announcement Date

  • Boston, MA (Thursday, September 5, 2019)
  • San Francisco, CA (Thursday, September 19, 2019)
  • Los Angeles, CA (Thursday, October 10, 2019)
  • Cleveland, OH (Wednesday, November 13, 2019)
  • Cincinnati, OH (Thursday, November 21, 2019)
  • Phoenix, AZ (Thursday, December 5, 2019)
  • New York City, NY (Thursday, December 19, 2019)
  • Baltimore, MD (Thursday, December 26, 2019)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (After Super Bowl 2020)

K-9 units of police and fire departments in Pittsburgh, PA and in the city/surrounding area of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2019 regular season are eligible.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation can only distribute grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations.

Although police and fire departments are tax-exempt organizations, they do not typically hold 501(c)(3) designation and thus, must show support from a 501(c)(3) organization that is willing to accept funding on the department’s behalf.

Each application must come from a police or fire department with support from a charity or police foundation.

Charities outside the police and fire department are not eligible to apply on their own.

About the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) at The Giving Back Fund (GBF) seeks to support police and fire departments throughout the U.S. with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs and to enhance the quality of life for residents of Pittsburgh, PA. Plans for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation also include grantmaking to nonprofit organizations assisting children in need in cities where Ben has lived and played football. The Giving Back Fund is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, and corporations. More

Grant Deadline

All Applications much be postmarked by Thursday, August 15, 2019. Applications that are emailed or faxed will not be accepted.

Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Applications will be evaluated on the following: thoroughness of presentation and inclusion of all requested materials; project readiness; demonstrated need; proof of sustainability through both external and internal support; and level of proposed impact.

Apply

Apply for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) 2019 K9 Grant (PDF)