Start Your Application Now For A FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 28, 2012 - If you have not yet started your online FP&S application, start it now by going to the E-Grant Application website. The application period ends on Friday, January 18, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

What Will A Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Pay For?

 

  • Support for public fire prevention and safety projects: Eligible projects include fire prevention education, home inspections, burn prevention, injury prevention, media or public relations campaigns, and more. For ideas on the types of projects you could request, read some success stories of Fire Prevention and Safety Grants on the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants page of the AFG website (www.fema.gov/firegrants).
  • Support for up to three independent projects. Your organization can submit only one Fire Prevention and Safety Grant application, but you can request support for up to three independent projects in a single application. For example, in one application, you can request funds to launch a new public education project, a new fire code enforcement effort, and a project to fund arson investigator training. Each project will be evaluated separately. Even if you do not receive funding for one project, you might receive an award for one of your other submitted projects.
  • Support for personnel costs, including salaries and benefits, to conduct new projects or to hire for the first-time a Fire Prevention and Safety Officer to carry out projects. The grant cannot be used to supplant funds already budgeted for other projects. But you can request funds to cover the salaries and benefits of staff members or firefighters when they work overtime on a new fire prevention project. Or you could use the funds to hire a new fire prevention officer to deliver fire prevention, fire education, and related training projects.
  • Support for administrative costs (up to 3 percent of your project budget). You may request grant funds to help pay the administrative costs of your requested project. This could include office supplies, shipping costs, a computer, and software needed to report to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

 

Additional eligible projects and items to request can be found in the FP&S Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement at the AFG website at www.fema.gov/firegrants.

 

Have questions? Contact the AFG Help Desk, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, by calling toll-free 1-866-274-0960, or by sending an e-mail to firegrants@dhs.gov. Help Desk Specialists will be available during the application period.

 

 

$16,742,594 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 6 AFG 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 28, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the sixth award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

 

FEMA awarded $16,742,594 in Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 166 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants ranged from a $760 Training grant, awarded to the Tigerville Fire District, Travelers Rest, SC, to a $741,741 Equipment and Training grant award to the Warwick Fire Department, Warwick, RI.

 

See the full AFG award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!

 

 

$9,232,801 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 9 SAFER 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 28, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the ninth award round for the FY2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

 

FEMA awarded $9,232,801 in Hiring Fire Grants to 10 agencies. Award amounts for Hiring Fire Grants ranged from a $253,200 SAFER grant, awarded to the Vinemont-Providence Volunteer Fire Dept., Cullman, AL, to a $2,701,896 SAFER grant award to the Tahoe Douglas Fire District, Zephyr Cove, NV.

 

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

 

 

$2,792,713 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 5 AFG 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 21, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the fifth award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

 

FEMA awarded $2,792,713 in Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 19 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants ranged from a $12,369 Equipment grant, awarded to the Happyland Volunteer Fire Department, Ada, OK, to a $1,451,590 Personal Protective Equipment grant award to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Pleasant Hill, CA.

 

See the full AFG award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!

 

 

Safe Building Codes Incentive Act Introduced In Senate

Public Safety Grant News

 

$103,283,113 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 8 SAFER 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 21, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the eighth award round for the FY2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

 

FEMA awarded $103,283,113 in Hiring Fire Grants to 34 agencies. Award amounts for Hiring Fire Grants ranged from a $138,012 SAFER grant, awarded to the Pepperell Fire Department, Pepperell, MA, to a $14,959,560 SAFER grant award to the Trenton Fire Department, Trenton, NJ.

 

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

 

 

Dec. 20, 2012 - On Thursday, December 19th, Senate Robert Menendez (NJ) introduced the Safe Building Codes Incentive Act. Senator Menendez was joined by Senators Frank Lautenberg (NJ), Charles Schumer (NY), and Kristen Gillibrand (NY). The legislation would allow states that adopt and enforce nationally recognized model building codes eligible for an additional 4 percent of funding available for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

 

"Congress has an opportunity to advance the adoption of building codes in this country," said Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute. "This bill creates an incentive, not a government mandate, for states and local communities to be prepared for the next potential disaster. As Benjamin Franklin once said - An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

 

"As President of FASNY and a firefighter for fifty years, our Association salutes Senator Robert Menendez for his introduction, and Senator Chuck Schumer, for his co-sponsorship of the Safe Building Codes Incentive Act which will allow our storm altered state to rebuild with proper building codes dictating process to make sure that our children and grandchildren are protected against future devastation," said Jim Burns, President of Firemen's Association of the State of New York.

 

The House version of the bill, H.R. 2069, was introduced by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-21) on June 1, 2011.

 

 

$284,448 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 4 AFG 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 14, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the fourth award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

 

FEMA awarded $284,448 in Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 6 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants ranged from a $15,960 Equipment grant, awarded to the East Lansdowne Fire Company, East Lansdowne, PA, to a $69,840 Personal Protective Equipment grant award to the Danville Fire Department, Danville, IL.

 

See the full AFG award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!

 

 

$19,953,328 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 7 SAFER 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 14, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the seventh award round for the FY2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

 

FEMA awarded $19,953,328 in Hiring Fire Grants to 45 agencies. Award amounts for Hiring Fire Grants ranged from a $101,758 SAFER grant, awarded to the East Grand Forks Fire Department, East Grand Forks, MN, to a $979,497 SAFER grant award to the Lynchburg Fire and EMS Department, Lynchburg, VA.

 

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

 

 

FY 2012 Fire Prevention And Safety Grants Application Period Opens Mon., Dec. 17

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 13, 2012 - Starting Monday, December 17, 2012, organizations may begin online grant applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant funding. The deadline for all FP&S Grant applications is Friday, January 18, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

 

Activities Eligible for FP&S Grants

 

  • Fire Prevention and Safety Activities: Projects designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards.
  • Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activities: Projects aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, and wellness through research and development projects that reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries.

 

How to Apply

 

First, download and read the FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Funding Opportunity Announcement. It explains the purpose of the grant program, activities eligible for support, eligibility criteria, award criteria, application instructions, and Federal requirements for grantees.

 

NOTE: There has been no change in the FP&S Grant evaluation and award criteria since FY 2011. They are the same for the FY 2012 FP&S Grant applications as they were for FY 2011 FP&S Grant applications.

 

Visit the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants web page on the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Website (www.fema.gov/firegrants) and use the additional application resources below to help you develop your grant application.

 

 

Between December 17, 2012, and January 18, 2013, start your online grant application by going to the FEMA E-Grant Application Access website.

 

Questions? Contact the AFG Help Desk if you have questions about the FY 2012 FP&S Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement, online application, or any applicant resources. Help Desk Specialists will be available during the application period, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. Toll-free telephone: 1-866-274-0960; e-mail: firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

 

 

$1,071,495 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 3 AFG 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 7, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the third award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

 

FEMA awarded $1,071,495 in Operations and Safety Fire Grants to 9 agencies. Award amounts for Fire Grants ranged from a $9,966 Equipment grant, awarded to the Ipswich Fire Department, Ipswich, MA, to a $370,277 Wellness and Fitness Programs grant award to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Mather, CA.

 

See the full AFG award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!

 

 

$4,067,526 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 6 SAFER 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 7, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the sixth award round for the FY2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

 

FEMA awarded $4,067,526 in Hiring Fire Grants to 10 agencies. Award amounts for Hiring Fire Grants ranged from a $958,134 SAFER grant, awarded to the City of Indio Fire Department, Indio, CA, to a $73,018 SAFER grant award to the Northeast Champaign County Fire District, North Lewisburg, OH.

 

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

 

 

Fire Departments Impacted By Hurricane Sandy May Be Eligible For FEMA Public Assistance Grants

Public Safety Grant News

 

Dec. 4, 2012 - Fire departments that experienced the loss of or damage to emergency facilities, emergency vehicles, firefighting equipment, and other emergency equipment or personal protective gear due to Hurricane Sandy may be eligible to receive FEMA Public Assistance funds to aid their recovery. FEMA's Public Assistance Grant Program provides assistance to State, Tribal and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged fire stations, as well as emergency equipment, gear, and emergency vehicles.

 

FEMA's Public Assistance personnel will meet directly with fire department personnel to help them identify eligible damages, work, and associated costs and to facilitate the grant application process. Public Assistance grant funds will cover at least 75 percent of the eligible costs. Assistance also may be available for hazard mitigation measures to protect damaged facilities against future disasters.

 

Maximizing the Federal Funding Available

 

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program will coordinate award information with the Public Assistance Grant Program to ensure that Federal funding support is maximized and not duplicated. Every effort will be made to ensure that the Hurricane-impacted fire departments that have submitted successful AFG applications receive their equipment or vehicle awards in a timely manner while avoiding any duplication or reduction of the additional support that may be available through the Public Assistance Grant Program.

 

For More Information

 

Visit FEMA's Public Assistance Grant web page

 

Review the Frequently Asked Questions About FEMA Public Assistance Grants

 

Contact: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Public Assistance Division, 500 C Street SW, Washington DC 20472. Telephone: (202) 646-3057, FAX: (202) 646-3363

 

 

Important: Active SAM.GOV Accounts Required For Award Eligibility

Fire Grant News

 

Dec. 4, 2012 - AFG and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) award notifications are in progress, but many applicants are not eligible to receive awards until they have registered their CCR and DUNS information in the System for Award Management (SAM) website.

 

An active SAM.gov registration is an annual requirement to receive a Federal award. After completing the registration information, it may take 5 to 10 business days to validate your organization's active status. Failure to register with SAM will delay any potential AFG or SAFER award. Registration and account maintenance in the SAM.gov website is free of charge.

 

To ensure eligibility to receive FEMA Fire Grant awards (AFG, SAFER, and Fire Prevention and Safety), applicants must complete the SAM.gov registration and activate the SAM.gov user account as soon as possible.

 

Go to SAM.GOV

 

 

$2,893,318 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 5 SAFER 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Nov. 30, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the fifth award round for the FY2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

 

FEMA awarded $2,893,318 in Hiring Fire Grants to 5 agencies. Award amounts for Hiring Fire Grants ranged from a $142,671 SAFER grant, awarded to the Raytown Fire Protection District, Raytown, MO, to a $944,962 SAFER grant award to the City of Superior Fire Department, Superior, WI.

 

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

 

 

National Defense Authorization Act - Contact Your Senators

Fire Grant News - Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

Nov. 29, 2012 - The U.S. Senate is currently considering S.3254, the National Defense Authorization Act. Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT), co-Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, is attempting to include an amendment to the legislation that would reauthorize the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program and the United States Fire Administration.

 

All members of the fire and emergency services are asked to contact their U.S. Senators. Encourage them to contact Senator Carl Levin (MI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee to express their support for the Lieberman Amendment. Make the calls today!

 

Talking Points For Your Phone Calls

 

  • I understand that Senator Joseph Lieberman has filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.
  • Amendment #3090 would reauthorize the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program and the United States Fire Administration.
  • I strongly urge you to contact Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and ask for his support of Amendment #3090.
  • AFG, SAFER and the United States Fire Administration are essential to enhancing the readiness and response capabilities of fire departments in (your state) and all other states. We need these programs reauthorized.

 

Contact Information

 

  • The phone number for the Capitol Switchboard is 202-224-3121.
  • Ask that your call be transferred to your Senator's office.
  • Please make two calls - one to each of your Senators.
  • The calls need to be made today!

 

 

Application Period To Open For FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants: Dec. 17, 2012, to Jan. 18, 2013

FEMA Grant News

 

Nov. 28, 2012 - Starting Monday, December 17, 2012, online applications will be accepted for FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants. The deadline for all FP&S grant applications will be Friday, January 18, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

 

How To Apply for FP&S

 

For information on how to apply, visit the FP&S Grants Web page on the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Website (www.fema.gov/firegrants).

 

The first step is to read the FY 2012 FP&S Funding Opportunity Announcement. This document describes how to apply for a grant, activities that will be funded, types of organizations that are eligible to receive awards, the evaluation criteria for making awards, and the federal requirements for grantees.

 

While the format of the FY 2012 Funding Opportunity Announcement has been updated, the funding priorities, eligibility criteria, and evaluation criteria remain the same as they were for the FY 2011 FP&S Grant Program.

 

Activities Eligible for Fire Prevention and Safety Grants:

 

  • Fire Prevention and Safety Activity: Projects designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards.
  • Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity: Projects aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, and wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.

 

Resources For FP&S Applicants

 

  • FP&S Grants Get Ready Guide. A short guide to help you kick-start your grant application and identify and address the most important elements of all the grant application questions.
  • FP&&S Grant Self-Evaluation Sheet. Based on the application scoring dimensions used by peer reviewers, this tool can help you assess your organization's readiness to apply for a grant and help you plan your grant application.
  • Fire Prevention and Safety Grants video: Provides a short overview of the FP&S Grant Program, including highlights of eligible activities.
  • Community Risk Assessment and Fire Prevention and Safety Grants video: Describes the different types of risk assessments that applicants can use and explains how the risk assessment's information can support grant requests. Community risk assessments are critical to creating an effective fire prevention and safety project, and they are required to obtain a FP&S grant.
  • AFG Help Desk. If you have questions about the FP&S Funding Opportunity Announcement or any of the resources, contact the AFG Help Desk by telephone (toll-free at 1-866-274-0960) or by e-mail (firegrants@fema.dhs.gov).

 

 

AFG Support for Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Fire Grant News

 

Nov. 16, 2012 - As you are aware, FEMA is working closely with its state and local partners in supporting disaster response and recovery operations throughout the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. More than 5,000 FEMA employees have been deployed, including many members of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) staff, both regional staff members and headquarters (HQ) staff members in Washington, DC.

 

However, the AFG Program continues to maintain operations. If you have current awards, your grant functions (payments, amendments, etc.) will be processed as quickly as possible. In addition, we anticipate resuming FY 2012 AFG and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant award announcements within the next 2 weeks.

 

If you are unable to reach specific AFG regional or HQ staff members during this period, please contact the AFG Help Desk for assistance. The Help Desk can be reached toll free at 1-866-274-0960 or by e-mail at firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

 

To follow FEMA’s Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts, please visit the FEMA website at FEMA.gov.

 

 

Update on FY2012 SAFER Funding

Fire Grant News

 

Nov. 16, 2012 - For Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the SAFER Grants Program will award approximately $320,625,000 in competitive grants to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations in two categories: Hiring of Firefighters and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters. The grants will help fire departments and interest organizations increase the number of trained, certified, front-line firefighters capable of safely responding to emergencies in communities throughout the United States.

 

Award announcements began in September but were suspended temporarily at the end of the 2012 fiscal year to await the availability of funding under the Continuing Resolution. Once award announcements resume, they will continue on a rolling basis until all available FY 2012 funds have been awarded. Each week, the list of new 2012 SAFER awardees will be posted on the Awards pages of the AFG website.

 

Who Submitted SAFER Applications?

 

The AFG received a total of 1,552 applications for 2012 SAFER grants, with the majority of applicants (63 percent) requesting Hiring of Firefighters grants. The other 37 percent requested grants for the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters. Additional information is provided below about the organizations that requested FY 2012 SAFER funding.

 

FY2012 SAFER Applicants by Department Type
Department TypeNo. of Applications SubmittedPercentage
All Paid/Career 393 26
All Volunteer 359 23
Combination (Majority Volunteer) 530 34
Combination (Majority Paid) 220 14
Volunteer Firefighter Interest Organizations 50 3
TOTAL SUBMISSIONS1,552100%

 

FY2012 SAFER Applicants by Service Area
Type of Service AreaNo. of Applications SubmittedPercentage
Rural 679 44
Suburban 522 34
Urban 304 20
Not Applicable 47 2
TOTAL SUBMISSIONS1,552100%

 

 

Updated AFG Calendar

Fire Grant News

 

Nov. 16, 2012 - This updated AFG calendar takes into account recent events such as Hurricane Sandy. NOTE: All information, including dates and projected application periods are subject to change. When a conference is listed, the AFG Program either will be exhibiting and/or giving a presentation or workshop.

 

November: FY 2012 AFG and SAFER award announcements resume (tentative)

 

Late Fall/Winter: FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant application period

 

 

Modifications To Fire Stations And Facilities Grant Applicants: Prepare For Environmental And Historic Preservation Reviews

Fire Grant News

 

Oct. 23, 2012 - Federal laws and regulations require that all AFG-funded projects for modifications to fire stations and other facilities undergo an Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) review and receive EHP clearance before any work begins and before any project funds are spent. FEMA must consider the potential impact of all projects funded on natural and cultural resources, and this is accomplished through FEMA's EHP Review process.

 

If you requested a modifications to facilities grant, start preparing now by gathering the information that will be needed for the EHP screening. You will be asked to provide the following for each modifications project awarded:

 

  • Age of the structure(s)
  • Address of the structure(s)
  • Description of how the structure will be modified, e.g., how the equipment

 

 

Outstanding Individuals and Organizations to Receive Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA

 

FEMA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. These Awards recognize the innovative practices and achievements of individuals, Citizen Corps Councils, and non-profit, faith-based, and private sector organizations working throughout the nation to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage any disaster or emergency event.

 

Applications were received from 38 States, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Each application reflected a wide array of activities, partnerships, and achievements, and demonstrated how much can be accomplished when the potential of the Whole Community is harnessed.

 

The 2012 Award recipients are working in the areas of youth preparedness, implementing technology advances to promote preparedness and sustainability, training, bringing together disparate entities to advance the mission of preparedness and much, much more. Because of their efforts thousands of people across the nation are more prepared, and are working themselves to make their community more resilient.

 

Please read about the great work our recipients are doing.

 

FEMA would like to congratulate the 2012 awardees in the following categories:

 

Outstanding State Citizen Corps Council Initiatives: Texas Citizen Corps (TX)

 

Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Council Initiatives: New York City Citizen Corps Council (NY)

 

Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiatives: CERT Program and Volunteers, City of Newport Beach (CA)

 

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness: Chinatown Community Development Center (CA)

 

Preparing the Whole Community: American Red Cross Gateway to the Golden State (CA)

 

Promising Partnerships: Partners in Preparedness (NY)

 

Awareness to Action: American Red Cross of the Poconos (PA)

 

Innovative Use of Technology: North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication (ND)

 

Volunteer Integration: West Pierce County Fire and Rescue CERT Program (WA)

 

Community Preparedness Heroes: Michael Parker (CA), Mohamed Ali (WA), Scott Ellis (NJ)

 

Additionally, a recipient was chosen for the Second Annual John D. Solomon Preparedness Award, named for the late creator of the groundbreaking blog, In Case of Emergency, Read Blog: A Citizen’s Eye View Of Public Preparedness:

 

Second Annual Recipient of the John D. Solomon Preparedness Award: Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) (FL)

 

The award winners were selected by a panel of leaders representing the Whole Community, including the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Target, the American Red Cross and FEMA.

 

All winners will be invited, as FEMA’s honored guests, to a community roundtable event in Washington, D.C.

 

For a description of the award categories, please see the Application Guide.

 

More Information: 2012 Individual and Community Preparedness Award Recipients Announced »

 

 

A Time To Recognize Your Dedication To Fire Prevention And Safety: Fire Prevention Week 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Oct. 9, 2012 - In recognition of Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13, 2012), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program want to take this opportunity to formally recognize the dedication of all members of the Fire and Emergency Medical Service communities. Your hard work and support of the AFG Programs have not only enabled you to better protect your personnel and citizens, they also have contributed to a much greater level of emergency preparedness throughout our country.

 

The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week is Have Two Ways Out! Please visit the the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) website for more campaign information, which you can share with your communities: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smokealarms/escapeplans/index.shtm.

 

 

Application Period Coming Soon For FY 2012 Fire Prevention And Safety Grants

Fire Grant News

 

Oct. 9, 2012 - As you prepare and implement Fire Prevention Week activities in your community, please consider preparing for the fiscal year (FY) 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant application period.

 

The application period is planned to open in late fall. Keep watching the AFG website at www.fema.gov/firegrants for additional information. Two videos with tips about applying for FP&S grants also can be viewed on the FP&S section of the AFG website.

 

To assist in your preparations, you may wish to visit the websites shown below, where you can find information about some current and past AFG-funded projects and learn about grantees’ models for successful FP&S initiatives:

 

 

Thank you once again for your continued service to the communities and citizens within your jurisdiction and for protecting us all during times of emergency and disaster.

 

 

FEMA: Updated AFG Calendar

Fire Grant News

 

Oct. 9, 2012 - This calendar from FEMA provides an overview of important dates for fire grants and other FEMA programs such as AFG. NOTE: All information, including dates and projected application periods are subject to change. When a conference is listed, the AFG Program either will be exhibiting and/or giving a presentation or workshop.

 

October

 

 

November

 

  • November 8-–11, 2012. Visit the AFG booth at the International Association of Fire Chiefs' (IAFC) Volunteer & Combination Officers Section "Symposium in the Sun", Clearwater Beach, Florida.

 

Late Fall

 

  • FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant application period (tentative)

 

AFG Home Page: www.fema.gov/firegrants. AFG Help Desk: E-mail firegrants@fema.dhs.gov. Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960

 

 

$29,930,389 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 3 SAFER 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Oct. 5, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the third award round for the FY2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

 

FEMA awarded $29,930,389 in Hiring Fire Grants to 10 agencies. Award amounts for Hiring Fire Grants ranged from a $1,037,352 SAFER grant, awarded to the Desert Hills Fire District, Lake Havasu City, AZ, to a $5,613,813 SAFER grant award to the Detroit Fire Department, Detroit, MI.

 

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

 

 

October Is National Community Planning Month

Grant News

 

Oct. 3, 2012 - FEMA invites you to celebrate National Community Planning Month during the month of October as an opportunity to highlight the contributions sound planning and plan implementation make to the resilience of our communities.

 

The celebration of National Community Planning Month gives us the opportunity to recognize our State, local, Federal and Tribal partners who have contributed their time and expertise to improving the sustainability and resilience of their communities through planning activities.

 

Community planning helps manage change in a way that provides better choices for how people work and live. Community planning provides an opportunity for all residents to be meaningfully involved in making choices that determine the future and preparedness of their community. The full benefits of planning require the whole community to understand, support, and demand excellence in planning and plan implementation.

 

FEMA’s mission is “to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.” Planning is a critical function of what we do and how we assist communities. Every FEMA mission area – Preparedness, Recovery, Response and Mitigation - conducts planning aimed at accomplishing this Agency mission.

 

The month of October is designated as National Community Planning Month throughout the United States of America and its territories. For more information on how your organization can promote planning and National Community Planning Month, please visit the American Planning Association website at http://www.planning.org/ncpm/ or APA’s Hazards Planning Research Center at http://www.planning.org/nationalcenters/hazards/.

 

 

No More Fire Act Grant Awards Till Mid-October

Fire Grant News

 

Sept. 28, 2012 - Kurt Bradley, Senior Grant Consultant, discusses why we can expect not to see anymore Fire Grant Awards until mid-October:

 

"Although new rounds of Fire Act Grant awards were announced during September, we are going to have a couple of weeks without anything happening as far as awards and/or 1199a updating going on. This is because of the FY2011-12 budget closeout approaching in early October, and the new FY2012-13 budget being started up. We do not anticipate seeing any updating of 1199a’s or new awards being given out from now until mid -October."

 

 

$3,789,803 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 2 AFGP 2012

Fire Grant News

 

Sept. 28, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the second award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

 

FEMA awarded $3,789,803 in Operations and Safety Equipment Fire Grants to 38 agencies. Award amounts ranged from a $7,600 Operations and Safety Training Grant awarded to the M & M Volunteer Fire Department, Laurel, MS, to a $$763,920 Operations and Safety Equipment Grant awarded to the Grand Rapids Fire Department, Grand Rapids, MI.

 

See the full 2012 AFGP award list here. Check back weekly for more 2012 AFGP award updates!

 

 

$580,619 in Fire Grants Awarded in FP&S 2011

Fire Grant News

 

Sept. 28, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a new award round for the FY2011 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S).

 

FEMA awarded $580,619 in Research Fire Grants to 1 agency, the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., of Athens, GA.

 

See the full FP&S award list here. Check back weekly for more FP&S award updates!

 

 

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New FEMA.gov Hazard Mitigation Assistance Web Links

Grant News

 

Sept. 27, 2012 - The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently launched the new FEMA.gov. Please be informed that many of the most popular Hazard Mitigation Assistance web links have changed:

 

 

We would also like to announce our newest publication for grants resources.

 

Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) At-A-Glance: http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=5904. This document provides provides information on how to incorporate environmental and historic preservation considerations into your Hazard Mitigation Assistance application and project.

 

Version 4.8 of the Benefit Cost Analysis Software is now available. The updated toolkit and updated training materials are available on the Benefit Cost Analysis website at http://www.fema.gov/benefit-cost-analysis.

 

If you need additional information contact the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Helpline at (866) 222-3580 or email hmagrantshelpline@fema.dhs.gov. Please allow up to 5 business days for a response.

 

For more information on the new FEMA.gov initiative, visit It’s here: the new FEMA.gov. FEMA.gov »

 

 

$2,113,925 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 1 AFGP 2012

Fire Grant News

 

2 Winning Agencies Clients and Students of First Responder Grants

 

Sept. 21, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the first award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

 

FEMA awarded $2,113,925 in Operations and Safety Equipment Fire Grants to 13 agencies. Award amounts ranged from an $18,240 Equipment Grant awarded to Ft. Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Alabama, to a $599,870 Equipment Grant awarded to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, California.

 

See the full 2012 AFGP award list here. Check back weekly for more 2012 AFGP award updates!

 

 

FEMA Grant Applicants: Get Bid Specifications Ready Early

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September 17, 2012 — Review your grant application's requirements and get your bid specifications ready now. If you receive an award, this early preparation will help you to implement your grant as soon as possible and help ensure you are able to complete your project within the period of performance.

 

Start to draft a bid solicitation that encourages competition by not using proprietary vendor specifications. By avoiding the use of proprietary vendor specifications, you encourage competition, which may decrease your overall costs. For example, you can request bids for a new pumper and specify that it have an "independent front suspension." But specifying that the pumper have a particular name-brand independent front suspension would be a proprietary specification that would limit competition to those vendors that build trucks containing those particular items.

 

Avoid any real or apparent conflicts of interest in your procurements. Remember that no employee, officer, or agent of your organization, who has a real or even apparent conflict of interest (potential for personal gain), may participate in the selection of the contractor or vendor that will supply the grant-funded items or services. They cannot accept gifts, favors, or anything of monetary value from potential contractors.

 

Maintain written procurement procedures. Become familiar with and keep on file the written procurement procedures and standards for your organization. If you are unsure, check with your local or state government for procedures. All grantees must have procurement procedures that follow local or state procurement procedures AND meet Federal procurement law as outlined in 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 13.36.

 

Have a record system set up for the grant. Make sure that you have system established that will maintain your grant records accurately and securely while still being accessible. All Federal awards are subject to a possible audit or desk review

 

 

$1,966,195 in Fire Grants Awarded in FY2011 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S)

Fire Grant News - FEMA

September 14, 2012 — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced another round for the Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S) program. FEMA awarded $1,966,195 in Fire Prevention Grants to 3 organizations:

 

  • International Association of Fire Fighters, Washington DC, $999,916
  • National Association of RC&D Councils, Washington DC, $959,843
  • Visalia Fire Department, Visalia, CA, $6,436

 

See the full 2011 FP&S award list here. Check back weekly for more fire grant award updates!

 

 

$852,256 in Fire Grants Awarded in FY2011 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)

Fire Grant News - FEMA

September 14, 2012 — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced another round for the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) program.

 

FEMA awarded an $852,256 Fire Department Hiring Grant to the Douglas County Fire District No. 2, Roseburg, OR.

 

See the full 2011 SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more fire grant award updates!

 

 

Updated AFG 2012 Calendar

Fire Grant News - FEMA

September 4, 2012 — Here is the latest news from FEMA on fire grants and awards. NOTE: All information, including dates and projected application periods are subject to change. When a conference is listed, the AFG Program either will be exhibiting and/or giving a presentation or workshop.

 

September

 

  • FY 2011 SAFER Grants: Award announcements are underway.
  • FY 2011 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants: Award announcements are underway.
  • FY 2012 AFG and FY 2012 SAFER Grants: Award announcements are expected to begin and will continue until all available grant funds have been committed.

 

Late Fall

 

  • FY 2012 FP&S Grant Application Period

 

 

Updated USFA Manual on Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services

Fire Grant News - FEMA

September 4, 2012 — The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recently published the 2012 update of the publication, Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services. This updated document includes sources of Federal funding as well as other new and innovative funding sources not discussed in previous editions.

 

The USFA Funding Alternatives manual can be read online using the preceding link or may be downloaded free of charge (PDF 3.7 MB) from the USFA Website. Some topics covered:

 

  • Chapter 3: Writing an Effective Grant Proposal
  • Chapter 4: Local Revenue and Funding Alternatives
  • Chapter 5: State Funding for Emergency Medical Services
  • Chapter 6: Federal Funding for Emergency Medical Services and Fire Agencies
  • Chapter 7: Foundations and Corporate Grants
  • Appendix A: Successful Grant Application Example

 

Download the manual: Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services

 

 

May a Grantee Use an AFG-Funded Vehicle as Collateral for a Loan?

Fire Grant News - FEMA

September 4, 2012 — FEMA has been answering fire grant questions. In this latest installment, FEMA addresses the issue of AFG-funded vehicles being used as loan collateral. FEMA says:

 

You may not use equipment or vehicles purchased with AFG funds, or any other Federal grant funds, as collateral for a loan. When you accepted the AFG award, you agreed to follow certain requirements of the Federal government regarding the use of the grant funds.

 

Using a grant-funded vehicle as collateral would place the vehicle at risk should the grantee be unable to meet the lender’s conditions for any reason. Should this occur, the grant-funded vehicle could be taken from the awardee and sold. AFG awardees agree to “. . . use the equipment in the project or program for which it was acquired as long as needed, whether or not the project or program continues to be supported by Federal funds and shall not encumber the property without the approval of the Federal awarding agency. When no longer needed for the original project or program, the recipient shall use the equipment in connection with its other federally sponsored activities. . ." (2 CFR 215.34(c) Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Nonprofit Organizations.)

 

For more information, call the AFG Help Desk at 866-274-0960 or your Regional AFG Fire Program Specialist, or visit the AFG Website. Questions may be e-mailed to the AFG Help Desk at firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

 

 

Grantee Reminder: Submit Your Semiannual Federal Financial Reports (SF-425)

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA

August 22, 2012 — Grantees that received awards on or after October 1, 2009, are required by law to submit semiannual Federal Financial Reports (FFR) (also known as Standard Form-425) throughout the grant's entire period of performance. They are due twice during the calendar year.

SF-425 Report Due Dates

 

  • January 30 (No later than January 30 for the period covering July 1 – December 31.)
  • July 30 (No later than July 30 for the period covering January 1 – June 30.)
  • Final SF-425: Due 90 days after the end date of the grant's performance period.

 

You must submit SF-425 reports by these specific dates for as long as your grant is open.

 

Even if you just received the award on June 10, for example, and have not spent any grant funds, you will still have to submit a SF-425 by July 31 to report on the period of January 1 through June 30.

 

FEMA advises you to write down the due dates for these reports and set up a system of reminders to ensure that you submit them on time. A past-due SF-425 report will delay approval of any payment or amendment request you may have pending.

 

How To Submit The SF-425

 

You'll prepare and submit your SF-425 reports online in the "Manage Grant" section of the E-Grant system at https://portal.fema.gov/famsVuWeb/home.

 

 

 

What FEMA Grantees Should Know About Desk Reviews and Onsite Financial Monitoring

Fire Grant News - FEMA

August 10, 2012 — Getting a grant is a victory, but it's not the finish line. After you get the grant, a new set of work comes in to play for managing the grant. FEMA has released the following advisory on what FEMA grantees need to know about grant monitoring:

 

What is financial monitoring?
Financial monitoring is an onsite or desk-based integrity review conducted to verify that grantees are in compliance with the grant terms and conditions; to substantiate grantees' financial progress by reviewing invoices and receipts to ensure that funds are being expended appropriately; to review financial reports (SF-425s); to ensure grantees have adequate internal controls, policies, and procedures to effectively manage FEMA grants; and to determine if grantees are in need of technical assistance to aid with managing their grants.

 

How are grantees selected for financial monitoring?
DHS/FEMA uses a monitoring assessment tool to select grantees for financial monitoring. Core indicators, such as program type, award amounts, spending patterns, timeliness in responding to FEMA requests, and prior financial monitoring findings are used to determine if desk review monitoring is necessary. For grantees that are not chosen for financial monitoring using the monitoring tool assessment, FEMA may deem it necessary to conduct a financial monitoring review for one of the following reasons:

 

  • Grantee requests technical assistance;
  • Stakeholders request grantee monitoring;
  • Issues exist with prior financial or programmatic reviews; or
  • Grants Management Specialists recommend grantee for monitoring review.

 

How often are grantees selected for monitoring review?
Grantees may be selected for financial monitoring review once every two years during the period of performance. Additional monitoring, such as an onsite visit, may be recommended to ensure accuracy of records, verify compliance with grant terms and conditions, and assist grantees with improving administrative efficiencies and enhancing programmatic efficiencies.

 

What information are grantees required to submit for financial monitoring review?
A Pre-Desk Review Letter is sent to grantees that are selected for financial monitoring review. The Pre-Desk Review Letter provides the grantee with insight on focus areas used to adequately conduct desk reviews. Documents requested in the Pre-Desk Review Letter include but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Copy of most recent audit report;
  • General ledger(s)/accounting spreadsheet(s);
  • Receipt(s) for expenditures;
  • Financial policies and procedures;
  • Personnel records; and
  • Procurement policies and procedures.

 

Grants Management Specialists (GMS) review the documentation submitted for review and contact grantees if additional information is needed to assist with completing the financial review. All desk review documentation should be forwarded to the GMS conducting the review.

 

What should grantees do if a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) or recommendation is received as a result of the monitoring review?
After reviewing the documentation submitted for review, GMS prepare financial monitoring reports that highlight concerns identified during the review. Subsequently, a Post-Desk Review Letter is sent, via e-mail, to grantees. Post-Desk Review Letters outline specific issues as identified during the financial review. Grantees are expec