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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

How is your AFG application coming along?

AFG application period closes Fri., Mar. 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET

With $315M spread over an estimated 2,500 awards, the FY2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is America’s largest fire grant. Competition is fierce. The application is intense. And the narrative requires some serious A game.

How is your AFG application coming along?

And remember: The application period closes Fri., Mar. 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET.

Need AFG help?

3 tips could help you win America’s biggest fire grant

Firefighters

Apply for AFG by Mar. 13

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant opened for applications Feb. 3, and the program closes Mar. 13. This is a highly competitive grant, but following these 3 tips just might help move your application to the winner’s circle:

  1. No request is too small: Remember to look at applying for “microgrants”
  2. Partner up: Regional grant applications are a solid approach
  3. High-priority items only! AFG is competitive, and medium- and low-priority items tend to be rejected

Now get a move on: This year’s application deadline is Fri., Mar. 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET.

Learn more and apply

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AFG at last: America’s largest fire grant opens

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Application period: Mon., Feb. 3, 8:00 a.m. ET to Fri., Mar. 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET

It’s taken some time, but at long last the FY 2019 application period for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants is FINALLY OPEN for applications!

This year’s application period runs Mon., Feb. 3, 8:00 a.m. ET to Fri., Mar. 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET. DEADLINE EXTENDED to Mar. 20, 2020!

Remember:

  • No request is too small: Remember to look at applying for “microgrants”
  • Partner up: Regional grant applications are a solid approach
  • High-priority items only! AFG is competitive, and medium- and low-priority items tend to be rejected

Get our full AFG rundown here

And get a move on! These few weeks will fly by fast, and waiting till the last minute is a surefire way to wind up in the “try again next year” pile.

Need help with your AFG?

Contact us today

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)

Regional AFG Fire grants: Should your agency apply?

The Fund Finder News by Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant

Over the past few years, regional grants have become a powerful way for multiple agencies to band together and apply for a grant.

Funding sources, especially DHS, like to see regional applications. Why is that? Regional applications fit well within the NIMS framework, in that everybody plays well together in the same sandbox. Not only can departments enhance their own individual operations, but by seeking grants together they can also improve mutual aid and interoperability.

However, regional grants are no more of a slam dunk than any other grant. Here are some things to keep in mind before you apply:

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Get ready for AFG: Conduct your Needs Assessment

The Fund Finder News by Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant

Needs Assessment

AFG will be opening soon, and now is the time to get ready for what’s going to be a competitive grant year.

There is an old saying that floats about and holds a special truth not only in how we conduct our daily operations, but also in how we go about applying to grant funding sources. That saying is:

“If You Fail to Plan, You Can Plan to Fail!”

Proper planning involves a myriad of things, one of which is assuring that you have proper manpower and equipment to carry out your basic mission for your citizens.

One of the tools that you should be using in that planning is a needs and capabilities assessment. It is one of the first things that you need to do. This report is what gives you the facts you need to know about how well prepared your department is to carry out its primary function, whether that be a Fire/EMS or Law Enforcement agency. It gives you a “State of the Union” report, so to speak, about your department.

So, just exactly what is a “Needs and Capabilities Assessment,” and how do we go about doing one?

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Fire Service: Mutual aid for your 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant

AFG opens for applications in January

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Are you ready?

Is your department getting ready for the FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)?

AFG opens for applications in January. If your organization is planning to apply for this grant, NOW is the time to get in touch with us ensure your spot for our FY 2019 AFG grant assistance

Get the AFGP help you need! Reserve your time now:

Call 863-551-9598

FEMA GO guide to apply for and manage grants

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency

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.