Assistance to Firefighters Grant, Deadline Feb. 2, 2018

The FY 2017 AFG application period will open on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 8 AM ET and will close on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 5 PM ET.

The AFG Program also addresses the following Core Capabilities of the National Preparedness Goal:
•Fire Management and Suppression
•Environmental Response/Health and Safety
•Threats and Hazards Identification
•Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
•Operational Coordination
•Operational Communications
•Mass Search and Rescue Operations
•Community Resilience
•Long-term Vulnerability Reduction

AFG has three activities:
•Operations and Safety
•Vehicle Acquisition
•Regional Projects

Each activity has its own eligibility requirements.

In general, eligible applicants shall agree to make available non-federal funds to carry out an AFG award in an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded. Exceptions to this general requirement apply to entities serving smaller communities as follows:
•When serving a jurisdiction of 20,000 residents or fewer, the applicantshall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to andnot less than 5 percent of the grant awarded;
•When serving a jurisdiction of more than 20,000 residents, but not more than1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal fundsin an amount equal to and not less than 10 percent of the grant awarded;

Contact us for more information about this program. To learn more about please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

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Assistance to Firefighters Grant, Deadline Feb. 2, 2018

SAFER Firefighter Grants, Deadline Feb. 10

The SAFER grant program is composed of two activities:
Hiring of Firefighters – Career, combination, and volunteer fire departments are eligible to apply
Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters – Combination fire departments; volunteer fire departments; and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to apply

Eligible Applicants
• Volunteer fire departments and combination fire departments may apply for funding under both the Hiring of Firefighters Activity and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. Separate applications must be completed for each activity. Applicants are limited to one application per activity, per application period. If an applicant submits two applications for the same activity during a single application period, both applications will be disqualified.
• Career fire departments may only apply for funding under the Hiring of Firefighters Activity. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.
• Municipalities and fire districts may submit applications on behalf of fire departments lacking the legal status to do so, such as those under the support of the municipality or district. The municipality or fire district may submit only one application for hiring per application period for each eligible fire department within the municipality or fire district.
• National, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters and individual fire departments (volunteer or combination) may only apply for funding under the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.

Cost-share may be required. Contact us for more information about this program. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

SAFER Firefighter Grants, Deadline Feb. 10

SAFER Firefighter Grant, Deadline March 25

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720).

This grant program is now open, with applications due by March 25. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

SAFER Firefighter Grant, Deadline March 25

Assistance to Firefighters, Deadline Jan. 15

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA), Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

Eligible Applicants

Fire Departments: Fire departments operating in any of the 56 states, which include any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or, any federally-recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization are eligible applicants. A Fire Department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, territory, local, or tribal authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area. Nonaffiliated EMS organizations: Nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 56 states, which include any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or, any federally-recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization are eligible applicants. A nonaffiliated EMS organization is an agency or organization that is a public or private nonprofit emergency medical services entity providing medical transport, that is not affiliated with a hospital and does not serve a geographic area in which emergency medical services are adequately provided by a fire department.

Eligibility Criteria

AFG has three activities: • Operations and Safety • Vehicle Acquisition • Regional Projects

Cost Share

Recipient cost sharing is generally required as described below. In general, eligible applicant shall agree to make available in non-federal funds, an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded, except for entities serving small communities:

• When serving a jurisdiction of 20,000 residents or fewer, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 5 percent of the grant awarded.

• When serving a jurisdiction of more than 20,000 residents, but not more than 1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 10 percent of the grant awarded.

• When serving a jurisdiction of more than 1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to
provide non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant
awarded.
The cost share for SFTAs will be based on the total population of the State.

Narrative Evaluation Criteria

1. Financial Need (25%) Applicants should describe their financial need and how consistent it is with the intent of the AFG Program. This statement should include details describing the applicant’s financial distress, summarizing budget constraints, unsuccessful attempts to secure other funding, and proving the financial distress is out of their control.

2. Project Description and Budget (25%) This statement should clearly explain the applicant’s project objectives and its relationship to the applicant’s budget and risk analysis. The applicant should describe the various activities applied for with respect to any program priority or facility modifications, making sure they are consistent with project objectives, the applicant’s mission and national, state, and/or local requirements. Applicants should link the proposed expenses to operations and safety, as well as the completion of the project goals.

3. Operations and Safety/Cost Benefit (25%) Applicants should describe how they plan to address the operations and personal safety needs of their organization, including cost effectiveness and sharing assets. This statement should also include details about gaining the maximum benefits from grant funding by citing reasonable or required costs, like specific overhead and administrative costs. The applicant’s request should also be consistent with their mission and identify how funding will benefit their organization and affected personnel.

4. Statement of Effect/Impact on Daily Operations (25% ) This statement should explain how this funding request will enhance an organization’s overall effectiveness. It should address how this request will improve daily operations and reduce an organization’s common risk(s). Applicants should include how frequently the requested item(s) will be used and in what capacity. Applicants should also indicate how the requested item(s) will help the community and increase an organization’s ability to save additional lives and property.

Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA, please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Assistance to Firefighters, Deadline Jan. 15

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Deadline Dec. 6

Eligible Applicants
The following entities are eligible to apply directly to FEMA
under this solicitation:
Fire Department
Nonaffiliated EMS organization
State Fire Training Academy

Type of Funding Instrument – Grant
Select the applicable requirement: Cost Share

NOTE:Grantee cost sharing, unless modified by waiver,shall be either 5%, 10%, or15% and shall be based on the population of the jurisdiction(s) served by the applicant(s).

Here is a comprehensive guide to this program.

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Deadline Dec. 6