FY2017 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants

Application Period

The FY 2017 FP&S grant application period is opens Monday, February 12, 2018, 8 a.m. ET, through Friday, March 16, 2018, 5 p.m. ET.

Get ready

Please make sure to thoroughly review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) prior to beginning your application, as it contains the latest updates to the FY 2017 FP&S Grant Program. Begin preparing your application now by using the following application assistance tools:

FY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

This document contains key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.

FY 2017 FP&S Application Checklist

This checklist will help you prepare to answer questions within the grant application. Collecting this information will reduce the time and energy needed to complete your application.

FY 2017 FP&S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This document contains answers to frequently asked questions about the FP&S Grant Program.

FY 2017 Research & Development (R&D) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This document contains answers to frequently asked questions specifically about the Research and Development Activity within the FP&S Grant Program.

FY 2017 FP&S Self Evaluation Sheet

This Self Evaluation Sheet will help you understand the criteria that you must address in your Narrative Statement when applying for FP&S grants.

FY 2017 FP&S Cost Share Calculator

This calculator will help you understand and determine your organization’s cost share for FP&S grants.

FP&S Grants Help Desk

If you have questions about the NOFO or technical assistance tools listed, call or e-mail the FP&S Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

How to find public safety grants that can help your department

Easy-to-follow grant listings show you programs available for your department and tell you when deadlines loom.
Easy-to-follow grant listings show you programs available for your department and tell you when deadlines loom.

Thousands of grants are available, but not every grant is the right fit for your department. How can you sift through all those grants, without wasting time and getting overwhelmed, yet still find what you need?

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GrantFinder is like Google for grants. Powerful search features help you zero in on the exact programs that your department can benefit from and that fit your circumstances.

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How do you find the public safety grants you need?

GrantFinder search page - Use up to 10 options to narrow or broaden your search
Use up to 10 options to narrow or broaden your search

A database that contains thousands of grants has to be easily searchable. Searching isn’t always as easy as tapping a button, though. Sometimes you need to really refine and target what you’re looking for, so you have a better chance at finding a good fit.

That’s why GrantFinder provides powerful yet simple tools to help you focus your search, including:

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  • Funder Type
  • Funder Name
  • Application Deadline
  • Rolling Deadline
  • Matching Requirement?
  • Administering State
  • Geographic Coverage
  • Who Can Apply?

Instead of page after page of possibilities, you can search based solely on what you need and what’s relevant to your department.

Of course, you have other duties to attend to and can’t be expected to be searching in GrantFinder all the time. That’s why GrantFinder can be working for you even when you aren’t using it.

With Grant Alerts, you can tell GrantFinder to send you weekly emails, specific to your grant needs, that keep you up to date.

You found a grant… now what?

Use GrantFinder's Calendar view to show you grants by their application deadline
Use GrantFinder’s Calendar view to show you grants by their application deadline

Just because you found a grant doesn’t mean you’re ready to apply for it. You may need to get information ready. You might need to talk with your superiors, other personnel at your department or municipality, or with your consultant at First Responder Grants. Or, heck, you just might not have the time right then and there.

Does that mean you have to start your search all over?

Nope.

With “My Grants” and the “Grant Calendar,” once you find a grant you can save it and come back to it later.

My Grants is also useful for when you find many programs that could be a good fit for your department. You can save all the programs you want, and come back one by one as timing and circumstances fit.

Search grant funding sources

Examples of public safety grants that have been available in the state of Minnesota
Examples of public safety grants that have been available in the state of Minnesota

Did you hear about a particular funding source? Do you want a better idea of what types of programs are available from a grant funder?

By looking through grant funding sources, you can find at-a-glance details on all the programs available from any grant funding source in the GrantFinder database.

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When it comes down to it, finding grants has never been easy… until now.

GrantFinder can’t write your application for you—that’s why we are here to help. But GrantFinder can make it a lot easier for you to find the grants that are a good fit for your department. Take advantage of their database of thousands of grants, robust search tools, and saved grant listings, all right here, at special pricing available only for First Responder Grants clients and students:

FY2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S)

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants$34,500,000 in grants for fire prevention and fire safety

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: Fri., May 19, 2017

Up to 100 awards projected

Application period: Monday, April 17, 2017, 8 a.m. ET—Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET.

The purpose of the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development.

In awarding grants, the Administrator of FEMA shall 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; and
  • The extent of an applicant’s need for an FP&S Grant and the need to protect the
    United States as a whole.

FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in two activities. This NOFO provides
potential applicants with application requirements and details for processing and
evaluating applications for financial assistance for both of these activity areas.

Fire Prevention and Safety Activity: FP&S Activities are projects designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries
caused by fire and fire-related hazards. Accordingly, the four project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:

  • Community Risk Reduction (formerly General Education/Awareness);
  • Code Enforcement/Awareness;
  • Fire & Arson Investigation; and
  • National/State/Regional Programs and Studies.

Firefighter Safety Research and Development (R&D) Activity: R&D projects are aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries. The five project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:

  • Clinical Studies;
  • Technology and Product Development;
  • Database System Development;
  • Dissemination and Implementation Research; and
  • Preliminary Studies.

What this grant does for your agency

The objective of the FY 2016 FP&S Grant Program is to award grants directly to eligible applicants in order to carry out fire prevention and education, fire code enforcement, fire and arson investigation, and firefighter safety and health programming and prevention efforts.

The FY 2016 FP&S Grant Program also plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System. The National Preparedness System is the instrument the Nation employs to build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities in order to achieve the National Preparedness Goal (Goal) of a secure and resilient Nation. Complex and far-reaching threats and hazards require a collaborative and whole community approach to national preparedness that engages individuals, families, communities, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of government.

The guidance, programs, processes, and systems that support each component of the National Preparedness System allow for the integration of preparedness efforts that build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities and achieve the desired outcomes identified in the Goal while maintaining the civil rights of individuals.

The FY 2016 FP&S Grant Program’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas. Examples of tangible outcomes that may be seen for projects funded in FY2016 FP&S include building and sustaining core capabilities, such as Fire Management and Suppression and Long term Vulnerability Reduction.

Agencies awarded the FY2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S) receive a maximum federal share of $1.5 million.

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 directly to FEMA under this NOFO:

  • Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S): Fire departments; and national, regional, state, local, tribal, and non-profit organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Both private and public nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity. For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to
    receive a FP&S Grant Award under the FP&S Activity
  • Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity (R&D): National, state, local, Native American tribal, and non-profit organizations, such as academic (e.g., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions. Both private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity. Fire departments are not eligible to apply for funding in the R&D Activity. Additionally, for-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive a grant award under the R&D Activity.

FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in two activities:

  • Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S): FP&S Projects are designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards.
  • Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity (R&D): R&D Projects are aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.

About the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., May 19, 2017.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-16-GPD-044-000-98. Apply for the FY2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S)

FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program

FM Global Fire Prevention GrantFunding for Fire Prevention, Preparedness & Control Efforts

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Fire Grants Reviewed 3 Times a Year

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis and reviews grant applications 3 times per year. Decisions on awards are made approximately 3 – 4 months after deadline. Deadlines for application receipt are:

  • March 31
  • July 31
  • November 30

FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Overview

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.

What this grant does for your agency

Apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts, including:

  • Pre-fire planning for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities
  • Fire and arson prevention and investigation
  • Fire prevention education and training programs

Although there is no limit on how much funding you can apply for, this grant program is designed to provide seed money to help support your fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts.

Grant Eligibility

Any organization or agency around the world that supports fire prevention can apply for an FM Global Fire Prevention Grant; however, funds must be used for public purposes. FM Global Grant Guidelines

About FM Global

FM Global provides comprehensive global commercial and industrial property insurance, engineering-driven underwriting and risk management solutions, groundbreaking property loss prevention research and prompt, professional claims handling. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed 3 times per year. Deadlines for receipt of applications are:

  • March 31
  • July 31
  • November 30

Apply

Decisions on awards will be made approximately 2-3 months after the deadline.

Apply online

FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER)

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

$345,000,000 in fire grant funds to add firefighter jobs

SAFER Grant Website

SAFER Grant Guidelines, NOFO, and Application Assistance Tools

Application Deadline
11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

Hire, recruit, and retain firefighters

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. The goal of the SAFER Grant Program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

Kurt Says: Major changes to this year’s SAFER grant program

“Everybody needs to read the NOFO this year PRIOR to even beginning to think about doing a SAFER grant,” says First Responder Grants Senior Grant Consultant Kurt Bradley. “There are MAJOR changes to this year’s program, and they will seriously influence your decision to apply or not.”

Some of the changes include:

  • No rehires this year
  • 25% matching requirement for years 1 and 2
  • 65% matching requirement for years 3
  • Only 75% maximum of usual starting salary and benefits cap is now in place for year 1 & 2; 35% for year 3

“This is no joke folks,” says Bradley. “Read carefully before you decide to apply.”

In awarding grants, the Administrator of FEMA shall 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 a SAFER Grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole

While not required for a SAFER Grant, it is preferable that the enhanced or restored staffing levels of all SAFER recipients should ensure all first-arriving apparatus are staffed with a minimum of 4 qualified personnel (to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710/1720 standards) who are capable of initiating the suppression response. Ultimately, SAFER recipients should achieve more efficient responses and safer incident scenes; thereby ensuring communities have improved protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

What this grant does for your agency

The SAFER Grant Program is comprised of two categories:

  • Hiring of Firefighters: Career, combination, and volunteer fire departments are eligible to apply
  • Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters: Combination fire departments; volunteer fire departments; and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to apply

Agencies awarded the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) receive grants to recruit, hire, and retain firefighters.

  • Available Funding for the NOFO: $345,000,000
  • Projected number of Awards: 300
  • Period of Performance: 12-48 Months
  • Hiring of Firefighters Activity: The period of performance will be 36 months for all grants awarded under the Hiring of Firefighters Activity. An extension to the period of performance is not permitted.
  • Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity: The period of performance will be between 12 and 48 months for all grants awarded under the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. An extension to the period of performance for Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity grants may be granted when, due to circumstances beyond the control of the recipient, activities associated with the award cannot be completed within the stated performance period.
  • Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): 7/1/2017
  • Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): 6/30/2020 – 6/30/2021

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • Volunteer fire departments and combination fire departments may apply for funding under both the Hiring of Firefighters Activity and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. Separate applications must be completed for each activity. Applicants are limited to one application per activity, per application period. If an applicant submits two applications for the same activity during a single application period, both applications will be disqualified.
  • Career fire departments may only apply for funding under the Hiring of Firefighters Activity. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.
  • Municipalities and fire districts may submit applications on behalf of fire departments lacking the legal status to do so, such as those under the support of the municipality or district. The municipality or fire district may submit only one application for hiring per application period for each eligible fire department within the municipality or fire district
  • National, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters and individual fire departments (volunteer or combination) may only apply for funding under the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.

About the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., Feb. 10, 2017.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-16-GPD-083-000-99. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 97.083.

Apply for the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)America’s Largest Fire Grant Program: $310,500,000 Awards Pool

Grant Website

Grant Guidance

2,500 Awards Projected to Protect Firefighters, EMS & The Public Against Fire Hazards

Opens: Tues., Oct. 11, 2016, 8 a.m. EST
Closes: Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 5 p.m. EST

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. AFG has 3 activities, each with its own eligibility requirements:

  • Operations and Safety
  • Vehicle Acquisition
  • Regional Projects

The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

In awarding grants, the Administrator of FEMA shall 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 grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole

The AFG Program supports the basic mission of strengthening national preparedness and resilience, and addresses the following “Core Capabilities” of the National Preparedness Goal:

  • Fire Management and Suppression
  • Environmental Response/Health and Safety
  • Threats and Hazards Identification
  • Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
  • Operational Coordination
  • Operational Communications
  • Mass Search and Rescue Operations
  • Community Resilience
  • Long-term Vulnerability Reduction

Kurt Bradley’s Tips for FY2016 AFG

Bring your A-game

Money is the same as last year, which will mean it’s going to be a very competitive grant. Your application and narrative will need solid data and a strong need to help it stand out from the pack.

There is very little funding for Vehicle Acquisitions

Out of the 2,050 applications funded under FY2015 AFG, only about 160 were for Vehicle Acquisition fire grants. Only 25% of total AFG money can go to vehicles, and AFG has pledged 10% of that money to ambulances. That gives you an effective 15% of the total AFG money going for new apparatus.

Since the grant money is now so low when it comes to replacing apparatus, and since so few apparatus are being funded, departments are wise to have a Plan B in mind for replacing their apparatus. AFG is a real long shot right now to win a vehicle. If you need apparatus, look at non-AFG ways to fund it, and focus your AFG application on a higher-priority need.

Alternatively, if you really need a vehicle, your application must scream and bleed with the urgency of your need.

High-priority projects only

There is absolutely no sense in writing your grant around a project that is rated as “low or medium.” Plain and simple, it will not get funded. Focus only on high-priority projects. Your grant will be far more competitive.

Haven’t won AFG in a while? That could help you

Departments not having received a grant in at least 3 years will earn extra points. That could help your application move up the ranks and increase your likelihood of getting funded.

Micro-grants are still a very good option.

FY2015 AFG saw many “micro-grants” under $10,000. These micro-grants are a good way to fund high-priority but lower-dollar projects. If the need is great but the cost is smaller than, say, replacing apparatus or procuring dozens of sets of PPE, write the grant and make a strong case.

Important reminders for your AFG fire grant application

  • Eligible departments can reduce their cost share through the AFG Economic Hardship Waiver Policy. Organizations can request a waiver or reduction of non-federal funds cost share requirement, maintenance of effort requirement, or both, in cases of demonstrated economic hardship (an “Economic Hardship Waiver”). This guidance provides the minimum requirements for eligibility to request an Economic Hardship Waiver and how to request one.
  • AFG awardees must procure contracts in a specified manner. AFG’s Procurement Integrity video provides an overview of proper contract procurement for grantees
  • Time zone matters! The closing date and time to receive applications is Nov. 18, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Those of you in CST, MST, or PST time zones, please take note and adjust your submission time accordingly. 5 p.m. ET is 4 p.m. CST, 3 p.m. MST, and 2 p.m. PST.
  • Make sure your application “checks the checkboxes” of what the Administrator of FEMA is looking for:
    • Competitive enough application and demonstrated need that satisfies the Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP);
    • To what degree your request can reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage by reducing the risks associated with fire related and other hazards; and
    • The extent of your need for an AFG grant, and how fulfilling your need protects not only your jurisdiction, but the United States as a whole. This is where critical infrastructure and regional projects and inter-departmental cooperation come into play big time—it shows you’re “looking beyond your own backyard.”

What this grant does for your agency

$310,500,000 Fire Grant Funding Available

  • Projected Number of Awards: 2,500
  • Period of Performance: 12 months from the date of award
  • Projected Period of Performance Start Date: Mar. 3, 2017
  • Projected Period of Performance End Date: Mar. 3, 2018

Agencies awarded the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) receive funds to protect the health and safety of the public and their emergency response personnel.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

  • Fire Departments: Fire departments operating in any of the 56 states, which include any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or, any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization, are eligible applicants. A Fire department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, territory, local, or tribal 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 56 states, which include any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or, any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization, are eligible applicants. A nonaffiliated EMS organization is an agency or organization that is a public or private nonprofit emergency medical services 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.
  • State Fire Training Academies: A State Fire Training Academy (SFTA) operating in any of the 56 states, which includes any state of the United States, 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 is an eligible applicant. Applicants must be designated either by legislation or by a Governor’s declaration as the sole state fire service training agency within a state. The designated SFTA shall be the only State agency/bureau/division, or entity within that State, to be an eligible AFG SFTA applicant.

About the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 5 p.m. EST, Fri., Nov. 18, 2016.

Apply

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 97.044. Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-16-GPD-044-00-99. Apply for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

FY2015 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S)

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsGrant Website

Grant Guidelines and Documents

Application Period: Apr. 4-May 6, 2016

Fire Safety Grants

The FY2015 FP&S application period will open on Monday, April 04, 2016 at 8 a.m. EST and will close on Friday, May 06, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.

$34,000,000 Fire Grants to Enhance the Safety of the Public and Firefighters

The purpose of the FP&S Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development. In awarding grants, the Administrator of FEMA shall 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 FP&S Grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole

What this grant does for your agency

The objective of the FY 2015 FP&S Program is to award grants directly to eligible applicants in order to carry out fire prevention and education, fire code enforcement, fire and arson investigation, and firefighter safety, health programming, and prevention efforts.

FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in the two following activities. The NOFO provides potential applicants with application requirements and details for processing and evaluating applications for financial assistance for both of these activity areas.

Fire Prevention and Safety Activity: FP&S Activities are projects designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards. Accordingly, the 4 project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:

  • General Education/Awareness
  • Code Enforcement/Awareness
  • Fire & Arson Investigation
  • National/State/Regional Programs and Studies

Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity: R&D Activity Projects are aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries. The 5 project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:

  • Clinical Studies
  • Technology and Product Development
  • Database System Development
  • Dissemination and Implementation Research
  • Preliminary Studies

Agencies awarded the FY2015 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) receive funds to support projects in fire prevention and fire safety, as well as research and development activity.

  • Available Funding for the NOFO: $34,000,000
  • Projected number of Awards: 100
  • Period of Performance: 12-36 months
  • FP&S Activity: The period of performance for projects funded under the FP&S Activity is generally 12 months. Eligible applicants who propose complex projects, such as those under the national/regional/state Programs and Studies project category, may apply for up to a 24-month period of performance from the date of award.
  • R&D Activity: The period of performance for projects proposed under the R&D Activity is 12, 24, or 36 months from the date of award.
  • Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): July 1, 2016
  • Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): June 30,2017–June 30, 2019

Grant Eligibility

The following entities are eligible to apply directly to FEMA. For full eligibility criteria, see the FP&S Grant Guidelines:

  • Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S): Fire departments; and national, regional, state, local, tribal, and non-profit organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Both private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity. For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive a FP&S Grant Award under the FP&S Activity.
  • Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity (R&D): National, state, local, Native American tribal, and non-profit organizations, such as academic (e.g., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions. Both private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity. Fire departments are not eligible to apply for funding in the R&D Activity. Additionally, for-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive a grant award under the R&D Activity.

Eligibility Criteria: FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in 2 activities:

  • Fire Prevention and Safety Activity: FP&S Activities are designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards.
  • Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity: R&D Projects are aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.

About the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA’s mission is to support US citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., May 6, 2016.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: NOFO Number DHS-15-GPD-044-000-98. Apply for the FY2015 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S)

FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFire grant funds to add firefighter jobs

Hire, recruit, and retain firefighters

SAFER Website

SAFER Guidelines

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. The goal of the SAFER Grant Program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

In awarding grants, the Administrator of FEMA shall 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 a SAFER Grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole

SAFER intends to improve or restore local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced or restored staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.

While not required for a SAFER Grant, it is preferable that the enhanced or restored staffing levels of all SAFER recipients should ensure all first-arriving apparatus are staffed with a minimum of 4 qualified personnel (to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710/1720 standards) who are capable of initiating the suppression response. Ultimately, SAFER recipients should achieve more efficient responses and safer incident scenes; thereby ensuring communities have improved protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

What this grant does for your agency

The SAFER Grant Program is comprised of two categories:

  • Hiring of Firefighters: Including subcategories for rehiring, retention, attrition, and new hires. Career, combination, and volunteer fire departments are eligible to apply
  • Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters: Combination fire departments; volunteer fire departments; and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to
    apply

Agencies awarded the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) receive grants to recruit, hire, and retain firefighters.

  • Available Funding for the NOFO: $340,000,000
  • Projected number of Awards: 300
  • Period of Performance: 12-48 Months
  • Hiring Category: The period of performance will be 24 months for all grants awarded under the hiring category.
  • Recruitment and Retention (R&R) Category: The period of performance will be between 12 and 48 months for all grants awarded under the R&R category.
  • Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): 6/30/2016
  • Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): 6/30/2017 – 6/30/2020

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • Volunteer fire departments and combination fire departments may apply for funding under both the Hiring of Firefighters category and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters category. Separate applications must be completed for each category. Applicants are limited to one application per category, per application period. If an applicant submits two applications for the same category during a single application period, both applications will be disqualified.
  • Career fire departments may apply for funding only under the Hiring of Firefighters category. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.
  • Municipalities and fire districts may submit applications on behalf of fire departments lacking the legal status to do so, such as those under the support of the municipality or district. The municipality or fire district may submit only one application for hiring per application period for each eligible fire department within the municipality or fire district.
  • National, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters and individual fire departments (volunteer or combination) may only apply for funding under the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters category. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.

About the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., Mar. 25, 2016.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-15-GPD-083-000-99 . Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 97.083.

Apply for the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

Globe Turnout Gear Giveaway

New turnout gear for VFDs

4 sets of bunker gear will go to 13 Volunteer Fire Departments

Website and Guidelines

As the world’s largest and most trusted manufacturer of structural firesuits in the world, Globe is giving back to first responders in need through this remarkable donation program. The program launched in 2012, when Globe partnered with DuPont Protection Technologies and the NVFC to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary by giving away turnout gear to volunteer departments in the U.S. and Canada who demonstrated their need. With the success of the 2012 program and the great need among departments for gear, Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies,and the NVFC have created an annual Globe Gear Giveaway program. To date, 299 sets of turnout gear have been awarded to 56 departments.

What this grant does for your agency

In 2016, Globe will donate a total of 52 sets of state-of-the-art turnout gear to 13 all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer fire departments in the U.S. and Canada that are members of the NVFC. Each winning department in the Globe Turnout Gear Giveaway will receive 4 sets of new turnout gear.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines. To be eligible to apply for 4 sets of turnout gear through the 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway, departments must meet the following criteria:

  • Departments must be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50%).
  • Departments must serve a population of 25,000 or less.
  • Department must be located in the United States or Canada and be legally organized under state/province law.
  • Department or individual applying on behalf of the department must be a member of the NVFC. (If you are not a member, join here.) To help departments meet the membership criteria, Globe will provide a complimentary NVFC Membership to the first 500 applicants.
  • Departments must demonstrate a need for the gear.
  • Only one application will be accepted per department. Any subsequent applications received for that department will be disqualified.
  • Departments who receive a donation of four sets of gear must use the gear for the benefit of their department and not for any other purpose. Gear cannot be resold.
  • Departments who receive gear agree that their department name, details from application essay, and photo may be used in media by Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies, and the NVFC for the purposes of promoting the donation program.
  • Applicants that do not meet the stated criteria will be disqualified from the application process.

About the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Wed., June 1, 2016.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: TKFON. Apply for the Globe Turnout Gear Giveaway

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