New Roles are Now Available in FEMA GO

To assist users in managing grant functions such as applying for a grant, requesting funds, and completing reports, FEMA GO has new roles that can be assigned to staff to complete assigned task within the new system.

  • Programmatic Member – can view and edit all information and can only submit amendments and programmatic reports.
  • Financial Member – can view and edit all information and can only submit payments or draw down request, financial reports and amendments.
  • Grant Writer – can view and edit all information for an application.

For more information on the new available roles and how to assign the roles to your organization members, visit https://www.fema.gov/gmm-training-resources.

FY 2019 AFGP Grant Application: System for Award Management (SAM) Reminders

The FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period is anticipated to be opening in the winter of 2019/20. All Assistance to Firefighters (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant applicants must have an active SAM.gov registration with current information at the time of application, while an application is pending, or have an active federal award.

Before the application period opens, you must check your SAM.gov account and make sure that you are registered and that it is “ACTIVE” because you will not be able to start, or submit your application without an active SAM.gov registration.

Please ensure the following items are current in the System for Award Management (SAM) and the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number used in SAM.gov is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:

  • Organization’s name
  • Address
  • DUNS
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Banking information (type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number
  • Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in the SAM.gov is FREE
  • SAM.gov registrations are only active for one year and registration must be renewed and revalidated at least every 12 months from the date previously registered to avoid being “INACTIVE”.
  • This information should be consistent in all registration documents

Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help:

If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at https://www.fsd.gov

FEMA Go Payment & Amendment Request Modules Available

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As of November 8, 2019, Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) & Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S) grant recipients may begin using the FEMA GO system to submit Payment. AFG and FP&S grant recipients should avoid submitting an amendment at this time; submitting an amendment will not allow grant recipients to submit payment. We will notify grant recipients when they can begin submitting amendments.

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant recipients may submit a grant amendment to begin their Period of Performance (POP) early; other amendment types cannot be accepted at this time. The payment request module is not currently available in FEMA GO, however, it will be available soon. We will notify SAFER grant recipients when the module is available.

A user guide explaining how to navigate these new modules is available on: https://www.fema.gov/gmm-training-resources

NIMS Alert 38-19: Release of the National Response Framework, 4th Edition, and Emergency Support Function #14

NIMS Alert FEMA

Cross-Sector Business and Infrastructure Annex

In support of FEMA’s Strategic Plan, the agency is pleased to announce the release of the “National Response Framework, Fourth Edition,” and the “Emergency Support Function #14 – Cross-Sector Business and Infrastructure Annex.” Both documents incorporate lessons learned from the 2017 hurricane and wildfire season.

The updated framework remains scalable, flexible and adaptable, using the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal, and continues to focus on the capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs during disasters. The National Preparedness Goal defines what it means for the whole community to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies. Key updates to the NRF include:

  • Additional emphasis on non-governmental capabilities to include the role of individuals and private sector/industry partners in responding to disasters.
  • A new Emergency Support Function to leverage existing coordination mechanisms between the government and infrastructure owners/operators.
  • Focus on outcomes-based response through the prioritization of the rapid stabilization of Community Lifelines.

The new ESF #14 supports the coordination of cross-sector operations, including stabilization of key supply chains and Community Lifelines, among infrastructure owners and operators, businesses, and their government partners.

The Community Lifelines Implementation Toolkit provides comprehensive information and resources for implementing lifelines during incident response. Toolkit 2.0, featuring refined content based on lessons learned and stakeholder feedback over the past year, will be released in November to support the NRF rollout.

In addition, FEMA is hosting a series of one-hour webinars to describe the updates and answer participants’ questions. These webinars are intended for the whole community, including individuals and communities, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners.

To download the documents and view the full webinar schedule, please visit https://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-resource-library. Advance registration is required for the webinars and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Captioning will be available for each webinar.

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.

NIMS Alert 35-19: Updated National Emergency Communications Plan Release

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Updated National Emergency Communications Plan Release

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)– the Nation’s roadmap to ensuring emergency communications interoperability at all levels of government. The NECP was updated to address the current gaps within emergency communications, reflect new and emerging technological advancements, and provide guidance to drive the nation towards a common end-state for communications.

CISA engaged more than 3,500 public safety representatives from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial public safety agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other groups to ensure the NECP is reflective of their emergency communications expertise, experience and needs.

The NECP aligns with the Communications and Information Management component in the National Incident Management System and strives to prepare stakeholders for a rapidly evolving emergency communications landscape.

The updated NECP:

  • Builds upon the key concepts and principles of the 2008 and 2014 versions of the NECP;
  • Revises the vision statement to address secure information exchange and adds the public to acknowledge their increasing role in emergency communications;
  • Emphasizes the importance of strategic and lifecycle planning and sustainable funding;
  • Promotes the importance of evaluating and documenting lessons learned from training and exercises;
  • Underscores the need for coordination of communications assets and capabilities at incidents and planned events;
  • Emphasizes technology and infrastructure lifecycle management and focuses on effective and interoperable information sharing; and
  • Adds a new goal focused on cybersecurity risk management, the mitigation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, cyber hygiene minimums and funding.

CISA will host a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the updates to the NECP and answer questions. The webinars are open to the whole community. The schedule follows:

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET 

To participate use: webinar link (for visual): https://share.dhs.gov/necp2019 and dial-in (for audio): (800) 381-7839.

To review the updated NECP visit: https://www.cisa.gov/necp or for questions about the NECP, contact: necp@cisa.dhs.gov.

CISA is committed to supporting the Nation’s emergency responders and will continue to partner with the public safety community to accomplish the NECP’s goals and objectives.

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.