Round 10 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 10 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 18 fire service hiring grants totaling $19,655,982, including:

  • Garfield Fire Department, Garfield, NJ, Recruitment, $88,000
  • Micro Volunteer Fire Department, Micro, NC, Recruitment, $213,792
  • Mason County Fire District #4, Shelton, WA, Hiring, $336,753
  • Hardin County Emergency Services District #2, Lumberton, TX, Hiring, $488,874
  • Pelham Fire Department, Pelham, NH, Hiring, $682,991
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs, Fairfax, VA, Recruitment, $1,017,513
  • Pelham Fire Department, Pelham, AL, Hiring, $1,334,465
  • Gila River Indian Community Fire Department, Chandler, AZ, Hiring, $2,565,469
  • University City Fire Department, University City, MO, Hiring, $1,914,395
  • Coppell Fire Department, Coppell, TX, Hiring, $2,893,637

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

Round 11 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 11 fire grant winners for the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 33 fire grants totaling $19,385,110, including:

  • Liberty Fire Dept., Liberty, KY, Operations and Safety, $3,418, Training ($3,588)
  • Bower Hill Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Bridgeville, PA, Operations and Safety, $36,081, Equipment ($36,385)
  • Toronto Fire Department, Toronto, OH, Operations and Safety, $52,710, Modify Facilities ($55,345)
  • Sandy Creek Joint Fire District, Minerva, OH, Operations and Safety, $95,239, Modify Facilities ($100,000)
  • Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department, Bloomfield, IA, Operations and Safety, $256,581, Equipment ($143,010) || Personal Protective Equipment ($126,400)
  • Union Grove Vol. Fire Dept., Jemison, AL, Vehicle Acquisition, $348,000, Vehicle Acquisition ($365,000)
  • Ross-Augusta Fire Dept., Augusta, MI, Regional Request, $670,656, Equipment ($737,714)
  • Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, Leesburg, VA, Operations and Safety, $1,486,000, Wellness and Fitness Programs ($1,634,600)
  • San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco, CA, Operations and Safety, $2,733,591, Equipment ($2,520,000)
  • Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Mather, CA, Regional Request, $3,450,000, Personal Protective Equipment ($3,816,000)

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.

FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG)

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Enhance the safety of the public and firefighters

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Application Period: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 8 a.m. EST — Fri., Oct. 26, 5 p.m. EST

$315,000,000 available for Fire Service Organizations

The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters
with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The program provides direct financial
assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS)
organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA). The funds 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 also 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
  • OperationalCommunications
  • Mass Search and Rescue Operations
  • Community Resilience
  • Long-term VulnerabilityReduction

Agencies awarded the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) receive fire grants to help them enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

2,500 awards are projected to be awarded (but this number is only an estimate).

Application resources and materials

The application assistance tools below can help you understand the AFG program and prepare your application:

  • 2018 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • 2018 AFG Cost Share Calculator
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Application
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Narrative
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Vehicle Acquisition
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Operations Safety
  • 2018 AFG Application Checklist

AFG resources at FEMA.gov

Kurt says…

First Responder Grants Senior Consultant Kurt Bradley has helped fire service organizations nationwide win hundreds of millions of dollars in AFG funds. Here are his tips for 2018 AFG:

  • Review the NOFO carefully 2-3 times. I cannot emphasize this enough. The #1 reason grants are rejected is failure to read and follow directions.
  • Read the questions several times. Then answer the questions, being careful to take full credit for the answer you give.
  • High priority items only. Do not bother going after anything that is marked as medium or low priority. AFG will only fund high priority items, and that high priority is set by AFG, not you.
  • Requesting funds for turnout gear? If going after turnout gear, you need to be replacing at least 50% of your department’s gear. The gear being replaced also needs to be at least 13-14 years of age to get any priority at all.
  • Choose your answers carefully. Be careful about your selection for why you are replacing equipment or PPE. Read all choices clearly before selecting. There are new choices this year, so read the NOFO carefully before selecting your answer. The wrong answer can cause your request to be instantly rejected. This was a top reason for grants being rejected by computer last year.
  • Vehicle acquisitions? Even though only about 100 fire trucks are given away per year, apparatus is AFG’s most requested item. Even if you have the strongest need, trucks are a roll of the dice. AFG only funds about 10-15 trucks over the $500,000 mark per year. Have a plan B in mind to replace trucks. Also, be sure your request is “reasonable” in cost, no bells or whistles.
  • Check your math. Be sure numbers that you put down in answer boxes add up correctly to totals listed elsewhere. They should also agree with what you are stating in your narratives. Inconsistencies are cause for rejection.
  • Don’t procrastinate. Get your application done, make sure it’s rock solid, and submit it as soon as possible. Don’t wait till a week before it’s due. Start now: get it composed, proof-read, entered, and submitted.
  • Structure micro-grants to new funding limits. Micro-grants now have a $50,000 maximum, so make sure your micro-grant is specific and keeps under that limit.

Need help with your AFG application?

Contact Kurt today

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Fire Departments
Fire departments operating in any of the 50 states, as well as fire departments in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. 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 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A nonaffiliated EMS organization is an agency or organization that is a public or private nonprofit emergency medical service 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) operates in any of the 50 states, as well as 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. Applicants must be designated either by legislation or by a Governor’s declaration as the sole fire service training agency within a state, territory, or the District of Columbia. The designated SFTA shall be the only agency/bureau/division, or entity within that state, territory, or the District of Columbia.

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than Fri., Oct. 26, 5 p.m. EST.

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Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-18-GPD-044-00-99. Apply for the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG)

FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) opens soon

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)September 24 tentative start date

The FY 2018 AFG open application opportunity is right around the corner (September 24 tentative start date) Begin preparing for the FY 2018 open application period by reviewing the available application assistance tools below.

FY 2018 AFG Application Guidance Materials Available Now

  • 2018 AFG Cost Share Calculator
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Application
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Narrative
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Vehicle Acquisition
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Operations Safety
  • 2018 AFG Application Checklist

Live AFG Webinars

Beginning September 17, 2018, AFGP staff will host two live webinar series to educate organizations on what is new for FY 2018. The Application Workshop webinars will teach attendees about the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, its mission, which organizations and activities are eligible, and how to apply.

A Fire Program Analyst will provide updates that apply to the FY 2018 application and some help tips in preparing your application. We will also have our Application Walk-thru webinars which gives attendees a section by section view of the application with AFG staff to explain and answer questions.

FY 2018 Application Workshop Presentation

Monday, September 17th – October 5th at 9 a.m. EDT and 4 p.m. EDT

FY 2018 Application Walk-thru

Monday September 24th – October 5th at 10 a.m. EDT and 1 p.m. EDT

Round 4 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 4 fire grant winners for the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 91 fire grants totaling $11,013,013, including:

  • Schodack Valley Fire Company, Castleton, NY, Operations and Safety, $3,429, Training
  • City of Fitchburg Fire Department, Fitchburg, WI, Operations and Safety, $15,678, Training
  • Tangent Rural Fire Protection District, Tangent, OR, Operations and Safety, $59,048, Modify Facilities
  • Mcdonald Fire Department, Mcdonald, OH, Vehicle Acquisition, $144,286, Vehicle Acquisition
  • Ogemaw County EMS Authority, West Branch, MI, Operations and Safety, $166,835, EMS Equipment
  • Fredericksburg Fire Company No 1, Fredericksburg, PA, Regional Request, $173,334, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Independence Fire District, Independence, KY, Operations and Safety, $83,388, Training
  • Rincon Valley Fire Protection District , Windsor, CA, Operations and Safety, $272,273, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Ozark Fire Department, Ozark, AL, Vehicle Acquisition, $371,524, Vehicle Acquisition
  • Spokane County Fire District 10, AIRWAY HEIGHTS, WA, Operations and Safety, $603,238, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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.

Round 3 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 3 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 18 fire service hiring grants totaling $17,092,514, including:

  • Freetown Fire Department, East Freetown, MA, Hiring, $258,445
  • Bedford Township Fire Department, Temperance, MI, Hiring, $536,071
  • Southington Fire Department, Southington, CT, Hiring, $888,977
  • Hollister Fire Department, Hollister, CA, Hiring, $2,591,108
  • City of Lynn, Massachusetts, Lynn, MA, Hiring, $3,456,281

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

Round 1 FY 2017 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)A little over a week after Independence Day 2018, the newest round of AFG fire grant awards has begun. FEMA has announced Round 1 fire grant winners for the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 213 fire grants totaling $34,799,291, including:

  • Taylorville Fire Department, Taylorville, IL, Regional Request, $3,410, Training
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, State Fire Training Academy, $163,653, Equipment
  • Waterbury Fire Department, Waterbury, CT, Regional Request, $295,264, Equipment ($279,790) || Training ($45,000)
  • Pawtucket Fire Department, Pawtucket , RI, Operations and Safety, $299,795, Modify Facilities, Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Calypso Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Calypso, NC, Regional Request, $909,005, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Colorado Department of Public Safety/Division of Fire Safety, Denver, CO, State Fire Training Academy, $500,000, Equipment
  • Everett Fire Department, Everett, WA, Vehicle Acquisition, $927,944, Vehicle Acquisition

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.

1 First Responder Grants Client Wins $33,517 in Round 1 AFG FY 2017 Fire Grant Awards

Port Royal EMS, Inc., of Port Royal, PA, worked with First Responder Grants and won $33,517 AFG fire grant during Round 1 awards from the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

Port Royal EMS will use the fire grant award to procure new Personal Protective Equipment.

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

“AFG helps fire service organizations nationwide procure mission-critical equipment and training,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “AFG is more competitive than ever, and I’m glad we could help Port Royal put forth an AFG application that stood out from the pack. Congratulations to all AFG winners!”

About First Responder Grants

Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing training, grant 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 $1,000,000,000 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.

Got a Federal grant? File this by June 30

If your agency has any Federal grants that are not officially closed, there’s a deadline looming that you need to stop and take care of now (if you haven’t already).

If your grant is open for any reason–including the unavailability of a closeout module–you must file a form SF-425 no later than June 30, 2018.

Failure to keep up with these reports may result in your remaining funds being locked, rejection of any grant currently under submission, and/or refusal to accept future grant applications.

Grants.gov has everything you need to take care of this filing, including:

  • Form SF-425 (PDF)
  • Form Schema
  • Form Items Description (FID)
  • Form Instructions

Don’t delay, file it today!

Go to Federal Financial Report SF-425

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2019 Homeland Security, Fire Grants Spending Bills

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)On June 21, 2018, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security spending bill. The legislation appropriates $55.15 billion for programs and activities within the Department of Homeland Security. The Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs are funded at $700 million, split evenly between the two programs. This is the same amount Congress provided for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18).

The bill also provides $44 million for the United States Fire Administration (USFA), with an additional $1.5 million for infrastructure improvements at USFA’s Emmitsburg, MD campus. USFA received a total of $44.397 million in funding for FY18. The Urban Search and Rescue System is funded at $35.180 million in the bill, the same level of funding as appropriated for the current fiscal year.

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