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.

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.

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.

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

FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

$350,000,000 in fire jobs grants

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application Period: 8:00 a.m. ET, Friday, February 15, 2019 — 5:00 p.m. ET., Friday, March 22, 2019

NOFO Number: DHS-18-GPD-083-000-99

300 awards estimated for US Fire Service Organizations

The purpose of the SAFER Grant Program is to provide 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.

The objective of the SAFER grant program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to respond to emergencies and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Local fire departments accomplish this by improving staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.

Kurt says…

These are the areas where the NOFO indicated that the information is different from previous years

Applicants may now request to waive the position cost limit for new firefighters.

Pursuant to IB 427, applicants must indicate when they apply for an award whether they are requesting a waiver and what requirement they seek to waive.

The simplified acquisition threshold increased to $250,000.

The definition of “new recruit.”

Updated prioritization and eligibility tables.

What this grant does for your agency

Although not required for a SAFER grant, it is preferable that the enhanced staffing levels of all SAFER recipients should ensure that all first-arriving apparatus are staffed with a minimum of four qualified personnel (to meet National Fire Protection Association.

(NFPA) 1710/1720 standards) who are capable of initiating the suppression response. Ultimately, SAFER recipients should achieve more efficient responses and safer incident scenes, thereby ensuring communities have improved protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

SAFER offers grants 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:

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

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 & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) receive funds to recruit and hire firefighters.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded:

Available funding for the NOFO: $350,000,000

Projected number of Awards: 300

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines.

About FEMA

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, Mar. 22, 2019.

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Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-18-GPD-083-000-99

Apply for the FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)

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 firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

Round 10 FY 2017 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 10 fire jobs grant winners for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. FEMA awarded 18 fire service hiring grants totaling $19,655,982, including:

  • Garfield Fire Department, Garfield, NJ, Recruitment, $88,000
  • Micro Volunteer Fire Department, Micro, NC, Recruitment, $213,792
  • Mason County Fire District #4, Shelton, WA, Hiring, $336,753
  • Hardin County Emergency Services District #2, Lumberton, TX, Hiring, $488,874
  • Pelham Fire Department, Pelham, NH, Hiring, $682,991
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs, Fairfax, VA, Recruitment, $1,017,513
  • Pelham Fire Department, Pelham, AL, Hiring, $1,334,465
  • Gila River Indian Community Fire Department, Chandler, AZ, Hiring, $2,565,469
  • University City Fire Department, University City, MO, Hiring, $1,914,395
  • Coppell Fire Department, Coppell, TX, Hiring, $2,893,637

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.

11 First Responder Grants Clients Win $2,557,552 in FY 2017 AFG, SAFER Fire Grant Awards

From coast to coast and in between, 11 First Responder Grants clients have won a combined $1,547,140 in fire grants from the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). These awards were announced as part of the AFG and SAFER fire grant awards announced during August 31, 2018, through September 14, 2018.

To-date First Responder Grants clients and students have won a combined $6,062,841 in fire grants under FY 2017 AFG, SAFER, and FP&S this year.

AFG, SAFER, and FP&S fire grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Whether hundreds of dollars or millions of dollars, these vital fire grant programs can aid your department with equipment, training, and staffing,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “By having clear, compelling narratives, and applications that met program requirements, these eleven winners not only have reached the grant winner’s circle, they can now better protect their personnel and their communities.”

About First Responder Grants

Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing training, grant 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.

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.