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!

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 FEMA.gov

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

More about FY2018 FP&S

FY2018 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsUp to $35,000,000 in fire grants available

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application Period: Monday, November 12, 2018, 8 a.m. ET – Friday, December 21, 2018, 5 p.m. (EST)

Grants for Fire Prevention, Fire Safety, and Firefighter Safety Research and Development (R&D)

The purpose of the FP&S Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development.

The objective of the FY 2018 FP&S Grant Program is for grantees to carry out fire prevention education and training, fire code enforcement, fire/arson investigation, firefighter safety and health programming, prevention efforts, and research and development.

What this grant does for your agency

FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in two activities. This NOFO provides potential eligible applicants with application requirements and details for processing and evaluating applications for financial assistance for both of these activity areas.

Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S)

The FP&S Activity is designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death, injuries, and property damage caused by fire and fire-related hazards.

Accordingly, the four project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:

  • Community Risk Reduction;
  • Code Enforcement/Awareness;
  • Fire & Arson Investigation; and
  • National/State/Regional Programs and Studies.

Each category within this activity has specific priorities. For additional details, please see Appendix B – Programmatic Information and Priorities, Section II. Funding Priorities.

Firefighter Safety Research and Development (R&D) Activity

The R&D Activity is aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.

The 6 project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:

  1. Clinical Studies;
  2. Technology and Product Development;
  3. Database System Development;
  4. Dissemination and Implementation Research;
  5. Preliminary Studies; and
  6. Early Career Investigator

Agencies awarded the FY2018 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants receive grant funds to mitigate the incidence of death, injuries, and property damage caused by fire and fire-related hazards; and to improve firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Available Funding for the NOFO: $35,000,000

Projected Number of Awards: 150

Period of Performance: 12–36 months.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Fire departments; and national, regional, state, local, federally recognized tribal, and non-profit organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Both
private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity.

For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive an FP&S Grant Award under the FP&S Activity.

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., Dec. 21, 2018.

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Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-18-GPD-044-000-98. Apply for the FY2018 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants

Round 7 FY 2017 FP&S Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Winner Announced

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 7 fire safety and prevention grant winners for the FY 2017 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants program. FEMA awarded 13 fire grants totaling $15,945,893, including:

  • City of Belton, Belton, TX, Fire Prevention, $24,158
  • Childrens Burn Foundation, Sherman Oaks, CA, Fire Prevention, $578,691
  • U.S. Spine & Sport Foundation, Lutz, FL, Fire Prevention, $1,169,220
  • Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, Fire Prevention, $1,311,489
  • National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Emmitsburg, MD, Fire Prevention, $1,428,572
  • American Red Cross, Washington, DC, Fire Prevention, $1,500,000

Subsequent FP&S fire safety and prevention grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest FP&S fire grant news.

Round 7 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 7 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 13 fire service hiring grants totaling $15,945,893, including:

  • City of Belton, Belton, TX, Fire Prevention, $24,158
  • Childrens Burn Foundation, Sherman Oaks, CA, Fire Prevention, $578,691
  • The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, Research and Prevention, $1,241,435
  • National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Emmitsburg, MD, Fire Prevention, $1,428,572
  • Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Northbrook, IL, Research, $1,500,000

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 10 FY 2017 FP&S Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Winner Announced

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 10 fire safety and prevention grant winners for the FY 2017 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants program. FEMA awarded 18 fire grants totaling $19,655,982, including:

  • Garfield Fire Department, Garfield, NJ, Recruitment, $88,000
  • Micro Volunteer Fire Department, Micro, NC, Recruitment, $213,792
  • Pelham Fire Department, Pelham, NH, Hiring, $682,991
  • University City Fire Department, University City, MO, Hiring, $1,914,395
  • Coppell Fire Department, Coppell, TX, Hiring, $2,893,637

Subsequent FP&S fire safety and prevention grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest FP&S fire grant news.

Round 6 FY 2017 FP&S Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Winner Announced

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 6 fire safety and prevention grant winners for the FY 2017 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants program. FEMA awarded a Fire Prevention grant, to Clark County Fire District 3, Brush Prairie, WA, totaling $12,732.

Subsequent FP&S fire safety and prevention grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest FP&S fire grant news.

Round 5 FY 2017 FP&S Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Winners Announced

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 5 fire safety and prevention grant winners for the FY 2017 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants program. FEMA awarded 15 fire grants totaling $6,874,793, including:

  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians , Peshawbestown, MI, Fire Prevention, $16,186
  • Little Rock Fire Department, Little Rock, AR, Fire Prevention, $49,048
  • Memphis Fire Department, Memphis, TN, Fire Prevention, $277,250
  • National Fire Sprinkler Association, Linthicum Heights, MD, Fire Prevention, $327,620
  • Fire Department Safety Officers Association, Farmington Hills, MI, Fire Prevention, $1,500,000

Subsequent FP&S fire safety and prevention grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest FP&S fire grant news.

Round 4 FY 2017 FP&S Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Winners Announced

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 4 fire safety and prevention grant winners for the FY 2017 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants program. FEMA awarded 34 fire grants totaling $5,901,682, including:

  • Emmaus Fire Department, Emmaus, PA, Fire Prevention, $4,060
  • Clackamas County Fire District #1, Milwaukie, OR, Fire Prevention, $25,000
  • Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation, Stillwater, OK, Fire Prevention, $194,378
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, Fire Prevention, $448,267
  • National Volunteer Fire Council, Inc., Greenbelt, MD, Fire Prevention, $851,158

Subsequent FP&S fire safety and prevention grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest FP&S fire grant news.

Submit an FY 2017 FP&S Grant Application for a Risk Assessment

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsAre you interested in submitting a proposal under the FY 2017 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant program but do not know where to start? Or perhaps you have an idea for a project that might reduce the fire and safety risks in your community, but you do not have data to support your plan. If that is the case, consider applying for a grant to conduct a community level risk assessment. The assessment of risk is an essential step to developing an effective plan to respond to the fire and safety problems in your community.

Priority for Funding

If you apply for a comprehensive risk assessment under the Community Risk Reduction Category of the FP&S Activity, your application will be considered a funding priority. See page 35 of the FY 2017 FP&S Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Note that applications that request a risk assessment are precluded from applying for additional projects under the FP&S Activity.

Types of Costs

A grant application for a risk assessment may include:

  • Costs to support personnel salary and fringe benefits for individual(s) conducting the assessment
  • Costs to support a contractor to conduct the assessment
  • Costs for software and/or office supplies
  • Costs for grant administration

Micro Grants

A risk assessment project can be considered as a micro grant. Micro grant awards have a federal share not exceeding $25,000. Micro grant recipients still have a 5% percent cost match.

Resources

Below are some resources for applicants interested in learning more about risk assessments:

http://www.cpse.org/agency-accreditation/about-accreditation-cfai.aspx

https://strategicfire.org/community-risk-reduction/community-risk-assessment/

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Wildfire/Firewise-USA/Become-a-Firewise-USA-site

Start Your Application Now!

The FY 2017 FP&S grant application is in full swing and will close on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5 PM ET. Please read the application assistance tools, including the FY 2017 FP&S NOFO, before you begin your application. Start your application at https://www.fema.gov/e-grant-application-access.