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.

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.

Rounds 1 and 2 FY 2018 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

FEMA has announced Rounds 1 and 2 fire grant winners for the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG).

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

  • 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

FEMA awarded 227 fire grants totaling $42,077,386, including:

Appropriation for 2018:

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

Awards Round 1 & 2:

OPS: 211 awards……$37,564,581
VEH: 4 awards……$769,614
FA: 12 award…..$3,743,191

Total Awards To Date:

227 awards: $42,077,386

Breakdown:

OPS: 211 awards……$37,564,581
VEH: 4 awards……..$769,614
FA: 12 awards….$3,743,191

Funds Remaining:

OPS: $189,235,419
VEH: $77,980,386
FA: $5,706,809

Average Award:

OPS: $178,031
VEH: $192,404
FA: $311,933

Estimated Awards Remaining:

OPS: 1063
VEH: 405
FA: 18

Average Awards/Round:

114

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.

Get ready for AFG: What does your department need?

Conduct a needs assessment now

AFG is coming.

The question is, will your department be ready to hit the ground running when the Fire Service’s biggest grant opens for applications?

Get. Ready. Now.

And the way you get ready, is to know what you need. To know what you need, it’s time to conduct a needs assessment. We’re going to walk you through how.

Applied for AFG and got this email from SAM.gov? Do this right now

SAM.gov

If your department is like thousands of others around the country, you are wondering when you are going to hear about your AFG application. We’ve been hearing about fire departments receiving some eye-widening emails, and here’s what our own Senior Grant Consultant has to say about the instructions in the email:

“The following emails are starting to arrive in people’s mailboxes,” says Kurt. “I do not believe it is an indication of an award to anyone. However, the only people receiving them are those with 2018 AFG applications in the system right now. If you have any application submitted and under consideration at this time, you need to do this right now!”

If you’ve received an email like the one below, follow these instructions:

System for Award Management (SAM) Reminders

This is a reminder that per the FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP) all grant applicants must have been registered in System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting their online application.

All Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times while they have an application pending or have an active federal award.

FEMA may not make an award to an applicant if they do not have an active SAM.gov registration with current information.


Therefore, we recommended that all applicants check their SAM.gov account to make sure it is ACTIVE. Please ensure the following items are current in SAM and the DUNS number used in SAM is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:

  • Organization’s name
  • Address
  • Data Universal Numbering System (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

First Responder Grants can help too.

The information above is what we’ve been hearing about coming from SAM and FEMA. Are you trying to figure out what this means for your grant and your application?

We can help with that. Contact us today