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

What’s next after AFG, SAFER awards?


Get ready for FY 2019 grant application periods

FY 2018 AFG and SAFER award rounds are winding down. Fire grants worth millions have been awarded to Fire Service Organizations nationwide.

But what’s next?

Now that awards are wrapping up, it’s time to get ready for FY 2019 fire grants. Application periods haven’t been confirmed yet. What matters far more, though, is that you are getting ready now, so that whenever a grant opens, you are ready to go on your application and narrative.

What does it take to get ready for FY 2019 fire grants? Contact us today to discuss your department, the equipment you need, and how to get ready for any grant.

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Ready, set… FEMA GO?

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FEMA announces new grant management system

What do we know about FEMA GO?

  • The goal of FEMA GO is to modernize and consolidate existing FEMA grants management systems into one single IT platform with one common grants management life cycleto reduce the complexity of FEMA Grants
  • The new grants system, FEMA Grants Outcomes, or FEMA GO for short, is targeted for use by FEMA personnel and our State, Local Governments Tribal and Territorial partners.

How GMM affects Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs:

  • All of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP) are the pilot programs in FEMA GO system.
    • Starting with FY 2018 AFG, SAFER, and FP&S all future FIRE Act grants will be managed within FEMA GO system.
    • The FY 2019 AFG, SAFER, and FP&S applications will be submitted using FEMA GO system.
    • Starting with FY 2015 AFG awards will submit final performance report (close out documents) in FEMA GO system. (Not Available Until 2020)
  • FY 2018 Award Recipients will need to register in FEMA GO system to accept FY 2018 grant awards. Here are the registration instructions .

What’s the status of the FY18 awards?

In the coming weeks AFGP will start announcing awards. We are committed to ensuring all recipients will be notified through this transition between systems. All awards will be announced prior to September 30, 2019. 

Live AFG Webinar Updates:

Beginning August 29th, 2019, AFGP staff will host a live webinar series to educate organizations on how to register in FEMA GO. The webinars will teach attendees about the FEMA GO system, how to register, and accept a pending award. FEMA staff will be available to answer any questions concerning transitioning to the new system.

FEMA GO Registration     

*Thursday, August 29th – September 12th at  2 p.m. EDT

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.

Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) 2019 K9 Grant

Dogs, dog safety vests, and other K-9 needs for US police and fire K-9 units

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines and Application

Grant Deadline: Thurs., Aug. 15, 2019

K-9 units of police and fire departments in Pittsburgh, PA and in the city/surrounding area of each regular season 2019 Steelers away game are eligible

Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF)

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, founded by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, welcomes grant inquiries for support until August 15, 2019.

What this grant does for your agency

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will disperse grants to police and fire department K-9 units throughout the U.S. This is the 13th grant cycle for The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. The majority of the grants distributed will help K-9 units to purchase dogs and dog safety vests, but other types of K-9 related needs are considered.

Agencies awarded the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) 2019 K9 Grant receive funds to support K-9 units in the Fire Service and at Law Enforcement Agencies.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible Communities And Estimated Announcement Date

  • Boston, MA (Thursday, September 5, 2019)
  • San Francisco, CA (Thursday, September 19, 2019)
  • Los Angeles, CA (Thursday, October 10, 2019)
  • Cleveland, OH (Wednesday, November 13, 2019)
  • Cincinnati, OH (Thursday, November 21, 2019)
  • Phoenix, AZ (Thursday, December 5, 2019)
  • New York City, NY (Thursday, December 19, 2019)
  • Baltimore, MD (Thursday, December 26, 2019)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (After Super Bowl 2020)

K-9 units of police and fire departments in Pittsburgh, PA and in the city/surrounding area of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2019 regular season are eligible.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation can only distribute grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations.

Although police and fire departments are tax-exempt organizations, they do not typically hold 501(c)(3) designation and thus, must show support from a 501(c)(3) organization that is willing to accept funding on the department’s behalf.

Each application must come from a police or fire department with support from a charity or police foundation.

Charities outside the police and fire department are not eligible to apply on their own.

About the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) at The Giving Back Fund (GBF) seeks to support police and fire departments throughout the U.S. with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs and to enhance the quality of life for residents of Pittsburgh, PA. Plans for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation also include grantmaking to nonprofit organizations assisting children in need in cities where Ben has lived and played football. The Giving Back Fund is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, and corporations. More

Grant Deadline

All Applications much be postmarked by Thursday, August 15, 2019. Applications that are emailed or faxed will not be accepted.

Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Applications will be evaluated on the following: thoroughness of presentation and inclusion of all requested materials; project readiness; demonstrated need; proof of sustainability through both external and internal support; and level of proposed impact.


Apply for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) 2019 K9 Grant (PDF)

Applied for AFG and got this email from Do this right now

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 registration with current information.

Therefore, we recommended that all applicants check their 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 is FREE
  • 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 account, there are several ways to get help:

If you have questions or concerns about your registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at

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

Fire Grant Alert: FM Global Fire Prevention Grant closes Mar. 31

Are you looking for a grant that can supports your organization’s fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts?

The current round of the FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program closes Mar. 31. This long-time grant program is open to fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations. Eligible programs include:

  • Pre-Incident Planning (computer software programs, laptops)
  • Fire Prevention Education/Training (community outreach initiatives, workshops, publications)
  • Arson Prevention/Fire Investigation (juvenile fire setter programs, continuing education courses, digital and specialized cameras, accelerant detection equipment)

There’s still time to get in your application. But if you miss the deadline? Fear not. FM Global accepts applications on a rolling basis. If you miss the Mar. 31 deadline, the next review date is July 31.

Learn more and apply

Will the border wall take your fire grant funding? New law says no

FDs, if you’ve been worried about grant funding getting reallocated for the border wall, some recent news should set you at ease.

President Trump has signed into law the Consolidated Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Act. This $333 billion spending package includes multi-million dollar increases to many grant programs. Here’s a breakdown of funding levels for various grants and agencies:

 * AFG and SAFER have been funded at $350M FOR EACH PROGRAM, which is level funding from 2018

 * State Fire Assistance program funded at $81 million, which is up $1 million from FY18

 * State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) funded at $525 million, which is $18 million up from FY18

 * United States Fire Administration (USFA) funded at $44.179 million (plus another $1.5 million for National Fire Academy infrastructure improvements). FY18 funding was $42.9 million

 * Urban Area Search and Rescue System funded at $45.18 million, which is $10.15 million up from FY18

 * Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funded at $640 million, which is $10 million up from FY18

* Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program funded at $17 million, which is $1 million up from FY18

The upshot?

These crucial grant programs are healthy. You can safely ignore any doom-and-gloom nonsense circulating in the media or around the station table.

If you haven’t already, get working on those SAFER applications, start prepping for FY19 AFG, and look into any other Federal program that might benefit your department.

Congress and the President have done their job on allocating the funds. Now it’s your turn to get to work on winning those grants!

JUST ANNOUNCED! FY 2018 SAFER Application Period: Feb. 15–Mar. 22, 2019

The FY 2018 SAFER application period will open on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Start planning your FY 2018 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), and Economic Hardship Waivers Information Bulletin (IB), and technical assistance tools below. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2018 applications ahead of the application period. The tools can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

SAFER Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is

FY2018 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Application Webinars & Assistance Tools

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsRemember: The FY 2018 FP&S grant application period will open on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 8 AM ET and will close on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5 PM ET.

Grant Application Webinars

The FP&S Program Office will host 2 webinars to help you with your FY 2018 FP&S grant application. The webinars will provide potential applicants with general information about the FP&S grant program, how to navigate the grant application, and tips for preparing an application. FP&S Program Officers will be available to answer questions.

Details and more: AFGP Workshop Schedule at

FY 2018 Fire Prevention & Safety Application Assistance

Please make sure to thoroughly review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) prior to beginning your application, as it contains the latest updates to the FY 2018 FP&S Grant Program. Begin preparing your application now by using the following application assistance tools:

  • FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – This document contains key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Application Checklist – This checklist will help you prepare to answer questions within the grant application. Collecting this information will reduce the time and energy needed to complete your application.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – This document contains answers to frequently asked questions about the FP&S Grant Program.
  • FY 2018 Research & Development (R&D) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – This document contains answers to frequently asked questions specifically about the Research and Development Activity within the FP&S Grant Program.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Self Evaluation Sheet – This Self Evaluation Sheet will help you understand the criteria that you must address in your Narrative Statement when applying for FP&S grants.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Cost Share Calculator – This calculator will help you understand and determine your organization’s cost share for FP&S grants.

All FEMA FP&S application assistance tools and resources

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