Are you looking to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) this year? There are a few things your department should consider before jumping into the application process, so our FEMA grant writers set up a survey (scroll down) to get you thinking before the short, 30-day application window opens this fall.
Breaking news came from the FEMA website last week. The FY 2013 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) application period was announced. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin accepting applications today, February 18. The submission period will close on March 21 at 5:00 p.m. EST. This mega-grant competition is the first in 2014 and will eventually be followed by announcements for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.
The Federal Emergency and Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal of the program is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.
The FY 2013 AFG application period opens Monday, November 4, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. EST and closes December 6, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Eligible applicants may apply for AFG funding online via the e-Grants application. The announcement can be found here.
If you’re a fire department in search of grant funding, the first place you likely turn toward is FEMA grant opportunities—namely the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) general program and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) program, and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) opportunity. These are proper choices, of course, as these are multimillion-dollar programs whose awards provide a major boon to the grant winners. But there are several other grant opportunities your department might want to look into, including other public and even foundation sources, especially if you have small volunteer fire departments under your wing. Here are some funding opportunities to get the ideas rolling:
In late June, Detroit mayor David Bing announced an 18% cut in the city’s firefighter ranks as a result of the city’s dire budget outlook. Predictably, that decision received a fiery response from the firefighters union. The mayor hoped that the city would win a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to rehire 108 of the laid-off firefighters.
FEMA’s highly competitive Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant opportunity is just around the corner: The application submission window is July 16-August 10, 2012.