May 27 is new FY2019 NEW SAFER Application Period Deadline

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

In recognition of the economic hardships facing local jurisdictions and fire departments across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf has waived the cost share, position cost limit, supplanting, and minimum budget requirements for FY19 SAFER grant applicants. For more information, see Information Bulletin 450 which can be found here.  In addition, the application period is being extended to May 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET. 

Please note: Funds under the FY 2019 SAFER Hiring of Firefighters Activity must be used to hire new, additional firefighters, and the costs to hire those firefighters must be at the usual annual costs of a first-year (i.e., entry-level) firefighter. This requirement has not been waived.

Additionally, the waiver of the requirements identified above does not apply to the FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) or to the FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant – COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S).

In consideration of the economic impact of the pandemic, Acting Secretary Wolf has also authorized waivers for certain provisions of the FY 2020 SAFER Grant Program. DHS/FEMA will provide more details on the FY 2020 changes soon.

Applicants no longer need to request an economic hardship waiver within the FY 2019 online application. If you have already submitted your FY 2019 application, no further action is needed at this time. The waiver of these provisions and the adjustments to the requested amount will be handled by the SAFER Program Office during their technical review of applications.

If you have not yet submitted your application, please note that the applications will continue to show the cost share/position cost limit. However, as stated above, there is nothing additional that applicants need to do regarding these provisions. The adjustment will be made by the SAFER Program Office.

The FEMA Grant Outcomes (GO) system automatically records proof of timely submission and the system generates an electronic date/time stamp when FEMA GO successfully receives the application. The individual with the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) role that submitted the application will also receive the official date/time stamp and a FEMA GO tracking number in an email serving as proof of their timely submission. Applications received by FEMA GO after the extended application submission deadline will be deemed as late and typically will not be considered for funding.


DHS/FEMA will not review applications that are received after the extended deadline or consider them for funding except in cases where a technical problem outside of the applicant’s control prevented submission of the application by the deadline.

Start your AFG Regional Grant today

Firefighters

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

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Call Greg Bavis at 605-254-4730

Firefighter jobs, hiring and recruiting: FY 2019 SAFER Fire Grant open for applications Apr. 13-May 27, 2020

Firefighters

FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant

UPDATE: Deadline extended to May 27, 2020!

$350,000,000 fire grant for firefighter jobs, hiring, and recruitment for fire departments

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

NOFO Number: DHS-19-GPD-083-000-99

Grant Application Period:

Opens Monday, April 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. ET
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020 May 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Increase the number of firefighters in your fire department

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program focuses on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

The SAFER program accomplishes this by providing funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to assist in increasing the number of firefighters to help communities meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to provide adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments.

What this grant does for your agency

SAFER offers grants to support projects in 2 areas:

  1. Hiring of Firefighters Activity is to hire new, additional firefighters to improve staffing levels or changing the status of part-time or paid-on-call firefighters to full-time firefighters.
  2. Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity is to assist fire departments with the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters who are involved with or trained in the operations of firefighting and emergency response.

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant receive funds to help their department recruit and hire firefighters.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $350,000,000

Expected Number of Awards: 300

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

About the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Helping people before, during, and after disasters. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 5 p.m. EST, May 15 27, 2020.

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Apply for the FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant

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.

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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!

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Apply for the FY2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

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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AFG opens soon, are you ready to GO?

FEMA GO guide to apply for and manage grants

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).

We’re not sure yet when AFG is going to open. Now is the time to get set up and familiar with FEMA GO. Once it’s go time for AFG, you’ll be off to the races!

Learn more in our FEMA GO Guide

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.