FEMA GO guide to apply for and manage grants

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The Fund Finder News by Kurt Bradley

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).

How FEMA GO should benefit your organization

The intent behind FEMA GO is to have grants be managed in a more streamlined, user-friendly system. Over time, organizations like yours will be able to manage FEMA grants and other programs in one place.

This is a new system, and it is a big change. However, the new rules of the road are the new rules of the road. Once you are up and running, you should be ready to work in the new system to apply for and manage grants.

How to register on FEMA GO

Of course, first you’ve got to get set up.

For starters, the same E-BIZ contact for your department’s SAM.gov account has to set up your FEMA GO. (Note that FEMA GO doesn’t replace SAM but works in conjunction with SAM.)

FEMA has put together a step-by-step guide to help you register. According to FEMA, registering should take about 15 minutes.

Get the FEMA GO Registration Guide

Set up your organization and your grant writer on FEMA GO

As part of setting up your organization, you’ll also need to authorize your grant writer to be able to access any grants or applications in your account.

Once your account is set up, you’ll see a button that says “Add an AOR,” or, “Authorized Organizational Representative.” In order to access grants and account information relevant to your grants, you’ll need to add your grant writer as an AOR.

Important: An AOR is not the same thing as a contact. You can set up anyone as a contact, but contacts are not authorized to see, edit, or manage your grants and grant applications. Only AORs can view a grant and have access to the parts of the account they need in order to help with the grant.

The SAM.gov E-Biz contact who sets up the FEMA GO account must also set the AOR. In the case of the grant writer, the person must be set as an AOR, not simply as another grant contact.

Once the AOR is set, the AOR grant writer will be sent an email notification that they’ve been added as an AOR, and then the grant writer should be able to access your department’s grants in FEMA GO. 

Use FEMA GO to apply for grants, accept awards, and manage grants

FY 2018 AFG, SAFER, and FP&S are the first grants to be managed inside FEMA GO. As FY 2019 programs open for applications, those grants will also be applied for, monitored, and managed in FEMA GO. During 2020, departments can expect older grants under management to also be migrated into FEMA GO.

Updates for FEMA GO and FY 2019 fire grants

FEMA GO is a new system, and modifications and fixes are still underway.

As of Oct. 4, 2019, modules such as “Payment Request” are still in progress. Once deployed, this function will allow you to access and use your grant funds.

FY 2019 grant application periods will be announced at a later date. At this time, our understanding is that FY 2019 AFG will open during first week of December, and it will run through mid-January. Final dates have not been announced yet.

FEMA GO is a big change for how departments apply for and manage grants. However, before you know it .you can be up and running on FEMA GO, and hopefully new grants plus management of your current grants will be easier.

Questions or concerns? Contact our Certified Grant Consultants today.

Final Rounds of FY 2018 AFG, SAFER Fire Grant Winners Announced?

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

In what are expected to be the final award rounds for FY 2018 SAFER and AFG, 221 US Fire Service Organizations have received a total of $35,760,094 in fire grant awards.

During Round 8 AFG fire grants, $34,897,561 was awarded to 214 fire departments, including:

  • Friends Of Long Lake Fire Ems, Inc., Long Lake, WI, Operations and Safety, $6,190
  • HI-NELLA FIRE CO, SOMERDALE, NJ, Regional Request, $14,286
  • Nashua, City of, Nashua, IA, Vehicle Acquisition, $80,952
  • Upper, Township of, WOODBINE, NJ, Operations and Safety, $548,095
  • BOLTON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT, BOLTON, NC, Regional Request, $846,542
  • SPECULATOR, VILLAGE OF , SPECULATOR, NY, Vehicle Acquisition, $928,571

During the final round of 8 SAFER fire job grants, 8 fire departments were awarded a total of $862,533 for recruitment, hiring, and retention of firefighters:

  • City Of Savannah, Savannah, GA, Hiring of firefighters, $2,138,478
  • City of South Fulton, INC, Atlanta, GA, Hiring of firefighters, $2,242,500
  • Chillicothe Community Fire Protection District, Chillicothe, IL, Recruitment and retention, $200,000
  • WARE, TOWN OF, WARE, MA, Recruitment and retention, $90,000
  • Goose Creek Rural Fire Department Inc , Goose Creek, SC, Recruitment and retention, $552,258
  • HOPKINS, COUNTY OF, SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX, Hiring of firefighters, $243,429
  • Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority, Kent, WA, Hiring of firefighters, $948,192
  • YODER FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 5A, YODER, WY, Recruitment and retention, $485,410

Application periods for FY 2019 AFG, SAFER, and FP&S programs will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to First Responder Grants for updates.

8 First Responder Grants Clients Win $1,203,928 in AFG, SAFER FY 2018 Fire Grant Awards

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

From coast to coast, 8 First Responder Grants clients won a combined $1,203,928 in fire grants from the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). These awards were announced as part of the 774 Rounds 6 and 7 AFG fire grant awards and the 213 SAFER fire jobs grant awards announced Sept. 18 and 20, 2019.

This week’s winners included:

5 AFG awardees, for a total of $441,590:

  • Herculaneum FPD, MO, $85,700, SCBA
  • Washington FPD, MO, $330,300, SCBA
  • Ross Township FD, OH, $63,012, SCBA compressor
  • Ibbett’s Pass FD, CA, $227,583, SCBA
  • Big River FPD, MO, $61,992, SCBA, Compressor

3 SAFER awardees, for a total of $762,338:

  • Hutchins FD, TX, $673,801
  • Waxahachie FD, TX 478.665
  • Dwight FPD, IL, $283,000

AFG and SAFER fire grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Award rounds are winding down, but thanks to grants such as AFG and SAFER, hundreds of Fire Service Organizations can now better protect their personnel and their communities,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “The end of one grant cycle is the start of another though. Keep an eye out for news about when application rounds open for these and more fire grants!”

About First Responder Grants

Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing traininggrant consulting, and the latest news and tips and news for writing winning grant applications. Since 1998, our Certified Grants Consultants have helped public safety agencies like yours win over $2,000,000,000 in grant funding. Our grant writing training students learn to write competitive grants that bring home additional funding dollars to your agency, but that’s not all. Students receiving First Responder Grants training in grant writing maintain a documented +80% success rate at winning a grant award after attending our classes—many on their very first application.

Rounds 6 and 7 FY 2018 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

FEMA has announced Rounds 6 and 7 fire grant winners for the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG).

5 First Responder Grants students and clients were among the winners:

  • Herculaneum FPD, MO, $85,700, SCBA
  • Washington FPD, MO, $330,300, SCBA
  • Ross Township FD, OH, $63,012, SCBA compressor
  • Ibbett’s Pass FD, CA, $227,583, SCBA
  • Big River FPD, MO, $61,992, SCBA, Compressor

Appropriation for 2018:

  • Total: $315,000,000
  • OPS: $226,800,000
  • VEH: $78,750,000
  • FA: $9,450,000

Awards Round 6 & 7:

  • OPS: 700 awards, $115,046,692
  • VEH: 67 awards, $21,323,418
  • FA: 7 awards, $2,207,822

Total Awards To Date: 1620 awards: $280,033,868

Breakdown:

  • OPS: 1,496 awards, $242,430,524 (-$15,630,524)
  • VEH: 90 awards, $27,209,694
  • FA: 34 awards, $10,393,650 (-$943,650)

Funds Remaining:

  • OPS: $0
  • VEH: $34,963,132 (includes deficits for OPS & FA)
  • FA: $0

Average Award:

  • OPS: $162,052
  • VEH: $302,330
  • FA: $305,696

Estimated Awards Remaining:

  • OPS: 0
  • VEH: 116
  • FA: 0

Average Awards/Round: 231

Estimated Rounds Remaining: 1

Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

Rounds 4 and 5 FY 2018 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

FEMA has announced Rounds 4 and 5 fire grant winners for the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG).

5 First Responder Grants students and clients were among the winners:

  • Ross Township, OH, SCBA Compressor, $63,012
  • Herculaneum, MO, Washer/Extractor, Structural Turnout Gear, $83,700
  • Hualapai NES, AZ, Washer extractor/structural turnout gear, $70,300
  • Fort Lee FD, NJ, SCBA, $55,500
  • Southwick FD, MA, Hydraulic Rescue Tools, $39,000

Appropriation for 2018:

Total: $315,000,000
OPS: $226,800,000
VEH: $78,750,000
FA: $9,450,000

Awards Round 4 and 5: 325

Subsequent AFG fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

7 First Responder Grants Clients Win $1,073,179 in AFG, SAFER FY 2018 Fire Grant Awards

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

From coast to coast, 7 First Responder Grants clients won a combined $1,073,179 in fire grants from the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). These awards were announced as part of the 325 Rounds 4 and 5 AFG fire grant awards and the 123 SAFER fire jobs grant awards announced Sept. 11 and 13, 2019.

This week’s winners included:

5 AFG awardees, for a total of $311,512:

  • Ross Township, OH, SCBA Compressor, $63,012
  • Herculaneum, MO, Washer/Extractor, Structural Turnout Gear, $83,700
  • Hualapai NES, AZ, Washer extractor/structural turnout gear, $70,300
  • Fort Lee FD, NJ, SCBA, $55,500
  • Southwick FD, MA, Hydraulic Rescue Tools, $39,000

2 SAFER awardees, for a total of $761,667:

  • Dwight Fire Protection District, IL, $283,000
  • Waxahachie FD, TX, $478,667

AFG and SAFER fire grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“In addition to equipment, training, and facilities, FEMA fire grants can also help Fire Service Organizations recruit, hire, and retain personnel,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “SAFER can make a big difference for departments trying to boost their rosters. These winners are a reminder that any department, big or small, anywhere in the country, can make their way to a grant’s winner’s circle.”

About First Responder Grants

Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing traininggrant consulting, and the latest news and tips and news for writing winning grant applications. Since 1998, our Certified Grants Consultants have helped public safety agencies like yours win over $2,000,000,000 in grant funding. Our grant writing training students learn to write competitive grants that bring home additional funding dollars to your agency, but that’s not all. Students receiving First Responder Grants training in grant writing maintain a documented +80% success rate at winning a grant award after attending our classes—many on their very first application.

FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP) Award Frequently Asked Questions

Updates from FEMA:

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When will awards be announced, and how will they be sent?

The FY2018 awards for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP) will be posted on the Firegrants web page on Friday of the week they are processed. This includes awards for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency and Response Grant Program (SAFER), and the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program (FP&S).  Notifications will be sent to awardees throughout the week including the Friday awards are posted. Notifications will be sent to the email address of the primary point of contact on the application directly from the eGrants mail center in the legacy system, and FEMA GO.

When will turndown notifications be sent?

All of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP) turndown notifications will be sent following the majority of the award announcements. The turndown notifications will begin toward the end of September or early October. Notifications will be sent to the email address of the primary contact on the application and the eGrants mail center in the legacy system.

Please print your award package prior to accepting the award:

Any changes from the application, whether reduction in cost or quantity, will be listed in the award package. We encourage you to view and print the award package prior to accepting any AFGP award.

6 First Responder Grants Clients Win $500,656 in Round 3 AFG FY 2018 Fire Grant Awards

Firefighters

From coast to coast, 6 First Responder Grants clients won a combined $500,656 in fire grants from the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. These awards were announced as part of the Round 3 AFG fire grant awards announced Sept. 6, 2019.

This week’s winners included:

  • Canterbury FD, NH, $118,050
  • Union Vale FD, NY, $162,500
  • Village of Merrionette FD, IL, $126,250
  • Beaver Falls FD, PA, $22,781
  • Whatcom County FPD #17, WA, $19,587
  • Hutchins FD, TX, $51,488

AFG fire grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Departments of all sizes can win AFG,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “The key is organization, knowing how to write a solid grant, and having your information and priorities in order.”

To date in FY 2018 AFG fire grant awards, 9 First Responder Grants clients and students have won a combined $1,456,426.

About First Responder Grants

Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing traininggrant consulting, and the latest news and tips and news for writing winning grant applications. Since 1998, our Certified Grants Consultants have helped public safety agencies like yours win over $2,000,000,000 in grant funding. Our grant writing training students learn to write competitive grants that bring home additional funding dollars to your agency, but that’s not all. Students receiving First Responder Grants training in grant writing maintain a documented +80% success rate at winning a grant award after attending our classes—many on their very first application.

Round 3 FY 2018 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

FEMA has announced Round 3 fire grant winners for the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG).

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

6 First Responder Grants students and clients were among the winners:

  • Canterbury FD, NH, $118,050
  • Union Vale FD, NY, $162,500
  • Village of Merrionette FD, IL, $126,250
  • Beaver Falls FD, PA, $22,781
  • Whatcom County FPD #17, WA, $19,587
  • Hutchins FD, TX, $51,488

Appropriation for 2018:

Total: $315,000,000
OPS: $226,800,000
VEH: $78,750,000
FA: $9,450,000

Awards Round 3:

OPS: 285 awards, $43,556,276
VEH: 7 awards, $1,392,481
FA: 2 awards, $592,405

Total Awards To Date:

521 awards: $87,618,548

Breakdown:

OPS: 496 awards, $81,120,857
VEH: 11 awards, $2,162,095
FA: 14 awards, $4,335,596

Funds Remaining:

OPS: $145,679,143
VEH: $76,584,905
FA: $5,114,404

Average Award:

OPS: $163,550
VEH: $196,554
FA: $309,685

Estimated Awards Remaining:

OPS: 891
VEH: 390
FA: 17

Average Awards/Round:

174

Estimated Rounds Remaining:

7

Our thanks to Andy Theriault, Ipswich FD, MA, for compiling this data.

Subsequent AFG fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

3 First Responder Grants Clients Win $955,770 in Rounds 1 and 2 AFG FY 2018 Fire Grant Awards

Firefighters

From coast to coast, 3 First Responder Grants clients won a combined $955,770 in fire grants from the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. These awards were announced as part of the 227 Rounds 1 and 2 AFG fire grant awards announced Aug. 30, 2019.

This week’s winners included:

  • Central Pierce FD #6, WA, $315,642, for Training
  • Effingham FD, MA, $85,619, for SCBA
  • Hood River FD, OR, $554,509, for Regional SCBA

AFG fire grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“AFG continues to be a crucial means through which America’s Fire Service Organizations can receive funding for critical equipment, training, and facilities,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “This grant is one of the most competitive in the country—but with the right application and clear priorities, any department can find its way to the winner’s circle.”

About First Responder Grants

Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing traininggrant consulting, and the latest news and tips and news for writing winning grant applications. Since 1998, our Certified Grants Consultants have helped public safety agencies like yours win over $2,000,000,000 in grant funding. Our grant writing training students learn to write competitive grants that bring home additional funding dollars to your agency, but that’s not all. Students receiving First Responder Grants training in grant writing maintain a documented +80% success rate at winning a grant award after attending our classes—many on their very first application.