Application Period Now Open for Fire Prevention & Safety Grants

Deadline for all applications is April 27
FEMA Published Monday, April 2, 2012

The application period for the FY 2011 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants opened today; the deadline of all online grant applicaitons is Friday, April 27, at 5 pm ET.

HOW TO APPLY
For information on how to apply, visit the FP&S Grants Web page on the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Website. The first step is to read both sections of the FY 2011 FP&S Grants Program Guidance and Application Kit. These two sections describe 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.

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
A number of resources have been developed to help potential applicants plan and submit their FP&S grant applications. The following resources can be downloaded from the FP&S Grants Web page:

  • 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 Grants Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • FP&S Grant Self-Evaluation Sheet. Based on the application scoring dimensions used by peer reviewers, these tools can help you assess your organization's readiness to apply for a grant and help you plan your grant application.
  • FP&S Grant Applicant Tutorial and Narrative Worksheet. The online tutorial helps applicants to learn about the purpose and goals of the FP&S Grants, identify eligible activities and eligible organizations, explain FP&S funding priorities and evaluation criteria, and walk you through the application process.
  • Video for FP&S Grant Applicants. Another tool that provides a short overview of the FP&S Grant Program, including highlights of eligible activities.
  • AFG Help Desk. If you have questions about the online application, Guidance and Application Kit, or any of the resources, contact the AFG Help Desk by telephone (toll-free at 1-866-274-0960) or by e-mail (firegrants@dhs.gov.) Help Desk Specialists will be available during the application period, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT.

AFG 2012 CALENDAR
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.

APRIL

  • FY 2011 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants Application Period:  Monday, April 2, 2012, through Friday, April 27, 2012, 5 p.m. EDT.
  •  AFG Workshop: “Successfully Navigating AFG Grants” at the 2012 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. Visit AFG staff at exhibit booth 308.
  • AFG Workshop: “Successfully Navigating AFG Grants”:  Thursday, April 19, 2012; 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.
  • AFG Town Hall Meeting:  Friday, April 20, 2012; 12:30 to 2:15 p.m.  
  • FY 2011 SAFER Grants Applications
  • Status:  Applications are being reviewed and evaluated.

MAY

  • Vision 20/20 Models in Fire Prevention Symposium - May 4-6, 2012, Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, Virginia
  • Workshop: "AFG Grants and the Metro Departments" at the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference 2012, Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY. -  Thursday, May 24, 2012, 9:35 to 10:15 a.m.

JUNE/JULY

  • FY 2012 AFG Application Period and SAFER Grant Application Period
  • Status:  Program Guidance and Application Kit is under development.

AUGUST

  • AFG Research and Development Grants Symposium (being held concurrently with Fire–Rescue International) - August 1-2, 2012, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

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