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Firefighters 2013 Grant Information

firefighter-Grants-911-donaBy Chuck Freels

Stay Informed So You Can Go After These:

I know more and more Fire Departments are going after Grants to help supplement their Budge Cuts and the lower donations from fundraisers that they are getting.  FEMA has just updated their site with some information I think you should be aware of if your Fire Department is interested in going after the 2013 Grants that they have coming up.  If you are interested, remember that the leg work that you do now is crucial with your overall success with being able to submit your Application in the first place with the hopes of being Awarded the Grant.   Below is information I found to hopefully help you on your way.

The two Grants that are coming up are:

  • Assistance to Firefighters Grant
  • Fire Prevention & Safety Grant  (FP & S)

According to FEMA, there are a few things you need to make sure you already have underway prior to you submitting for the Grant:

Starting with the upcoming FY2013 AFG application period, a valid registration in the System for Award Management (SAM), formerly the Central Contractor Registry, or CCR, will be required in order to submit an AFG application. Federal law now requires that applicants to Federal grant programs have a valid registration within SAM.gov at the time of registration. Applicants will be asked to affirm that they have a current registration prior to submitting their application.

As part of the SAM.gov registration process, every eligible grantee must have their SAM.gov account validated through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and have their CAGE (Commercial and Government Entity) code validated in order to be eligible for award. These validations are conducted as part of the registration process after the organization has submitted their SAM.gov registration. A valid SAM.gov registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award. A valid SAM.gov registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award. If your department has not yet registered within SAM.gov you are encouraged to do. SAM.gov is administered through the Government Services Administration (GSA). Technical assistance may be obtained through the Federal Service Desk at 866-606-8220.

Make sure this is completed at your earliest convenience since it may take more than 2 weeks to complete the registration process.

They are also having Regional Workshops and Webinars being Conducted:

In preparation for the FY 2013 application period, workshops and webinars are being conducted by AFG Regional Fire Program Specialists. Whether in person, or through webinars, these presentations provide a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the funding priorities for the upcoming application period as well as provide an opportunity to bring your questions about the AFG grant programs directly to the experts. A current listing of the workshops and webinars scheduled are now available on the AFG website.

Schedules are subject to change and are updated frequently. Visit this website or contact your Regional Fire Program Specialist to confirm the workshop schedule for your region.

FEMA is also providing FY 2013 AFG Technical Assistance Tools that are available right now to help start you in your process:

In preparation for the FY 2013 AFG application period, the following resources are now available on the AFG website:

  • FY 2013 AFG Get Ready Guide
  • FY 2013 AFG Narrative Guide
  • FY 2013 AFG Self Evaluation for Operations & Safety
  • FY 2013 AFG Self Evaluation for Vehicle Applicants
  • FY 2013 AFG Regional Workshop Presentation

AFG has recently introduced a series of videos designed to provide additional technical assistance. Topics include:

  • Getting a Grant
  • Procurement Integrity
  • AFG Vehicle Grants

  Additional videos as well as the FY 2013 AFG Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will be available soon.

Here is some more information that could help you with your process:

AFG Home Page: www.fema.gov/firegrants
AFG Regional Representatives: http://www.fema.gov/fire-grant-contact-information
AFG Help Desk: E-mail: firegrants@fema.dhs.gov
Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960

While taking on the project of applying for a Grant is stressful and time consuming – if you are one of the few who are Awarded a Grant it is a great thing.  So start sorting out all of this information and get started with your Application.

I wish you the best of Luck – and get started now if you want to be considered.

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Chuck

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