Assistance to Firefighters Grant

 

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. The purpose of the FP&S Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
97.044
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 It is expected that the AFG Program will award grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and state fire training academies for critically needed resources to protect the public, to train emergency personnel, and to foster interoperability and support community resilience.
Fiscal Year 2018 It is expected that funds will be appropriated and allocated to this program.
Fiscal Year 2016 It is expected that the AFG Program will award grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and state fire training academies for critically needed resources to protect the public, to train emergency personnel, and to foster interoperability and support community resilience. It is expected that the AFG Program will award grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and state fire training academies for critically needed resources to protect the public, to train emergency personnel, and to foster interoperability and support community resilience.
Authorization
The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, Public Law 112-239, 15 U.S.C. 2229 et seq
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants for AFG are limited to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies. These organizations operating in any of the 50 States plus the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico are eligible for funding. A "fire department" is defined as an agency or organization that has 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 fixed geographical area on a first-due basis. A "nonaffiliated EMS organization" is defined as a public or private nonprofit emergency medical services organization that provides direct emergency medical services, including medical transport, to a specific geographic area on a first-due basis but is not affiliated with a hospital and does not serve a geographic area where emergency medical services are adequately provided by a fire department. A "State Fire Training Academy" is defined as the primary state fire training academy, agency, or institution, for each state; which provides "entity-wide" delivery of fire training (and EMS training if applicable) as specified by legislative authorization, by general statutory authorization or charter, or is ad-hoc in nature with the general acceptance of the fire service. A listing of eligible State Fire Training Academy organizations and institutions can be found at: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/. Fire departments; and national, regional, state, local, federally recognized tribal, and non-profit organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Both private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The ultimate beneficiaries of this program are the local or tribal communities serviced by the applicants, including, but not limited to, local businesses, homeowners and property owners. Additionally, children under 16 years of age, senior citizens, and firefighters would be the beneficiaries since these groups are the targeted "risk groups" for the fire prevention program.
Credentials/Documentation
Each applicant must certify: 1) that they are an eligible applicant, as defined above; 2) as to the characteristics of their community, i.e., urban, suburban, or rural; 3) to the population size of the community served; and, 4) to their department type, i.e., volunteer, combination, or career (where applicable). Eligible applicants for the AFG program are limited to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State fire training academies operating in any of the 50 States plus the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico. A "fire department" is defined as an agency or organization that has 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 fixed geographical area on a first-due basis. A "nonaffiliated EMS organization" is defined as a public or private nonprofit emergency medical services organization that provides direct emergency medical services, including medical transport, to a specific geographic area on a first-due basis but is not affiliated with a hospital and does not serve a geographic area where emergency medical services are adequately provided by a fire department. A "State Fire Training Academy" is defined as the primary state fire training academy, agency, or institution, for each state; which provides "entity-wide" delivery of fire training (and EMS training if applicable) as specified by legislative authorization, by general statutory authorization or charter, or is ad-hoc in nature with the general acceptance of the fire service. Fire departments; and national, regional, state, local, federally recognized tribal, and non-profit organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Both private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. There is no preapplication form required under this grant program.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The application deadline and other relevant information are contained in the application and in the program-specific guidance and application kits.
Award Procedure
Submitted applications are reviewed by peer review panelists and then by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to the program guidance and application kit document.
Appeals
Applicants whose grant requests are not recommended for funding after the peer review panel evaluation may request a reconsideration of that decision. Such a request may be successful if it is determined that the rating criteria were not appropriately applied, or there was a flaw in the competitive process that unfairly disadvantaged the applicant, or there was human error in the processing of the grant application. Requests for reconsideration must be submitted in writing within 30 days of the date of the notification of denial.
Renewals
The AFG award period of performance is 1 year. The FP&S award period of performance is between 12-36 months. Grantees may request an extension if they are unable to fulfill their grant obligations before the end of the period of performance. Such requests will be considered and approved based on the written justification.
How are proposals selected?
44 CFR SS152. Refer to the current fiscal year AFG and FP&S guidance and application kit for specific eligibility and award criteria.
How may assistance be used?
AFG grants are both competitive and discretionary and are direct financial assistance awards to support firefighting and EMS operations and safety, vehicle acquisition and regional projects. Specific activities funded include professional training, wellness and fitness programs, equipment, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities for first responder safety, other equipment and supplies that support firefighting and EMS operations and safety; firefighting vehicles, and emergency vehicles. Grants also are awarded for the Fire Prevention and Safety program are awarded to support activities to protect the public from fire and fire-Related hazards. Specific activities funded include general public education and awareness; code enforcement and awareness; fire and arson investigation; national, state, and regional programs and studies; and firefighter safety and research and development. Grants for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program are awarded to help fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to increase the number of frontline firefighters in their community and to enhance the capabilities of local fire departments to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards established by the NFPA and OSHA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720 and OSHA 1910.134).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Refer to program guidance.
Auditing
Grantees are required to maintain and retain backup documentation such as bids, quotes, and cost/price analyses on file for Federal auditors. The required documentation for federally funded purchases should include specifications, solicitations, purchase orders, invoices, cancelled checks, copies of competitive quotes or proposals, and basis for selection.
Records
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. AFG: Applicants who protect a population of over 1,000,000 are required to provide a nonfederal cost-share of not less than 15 percent of the total award. Applicants who protect a population between 20,000 and 1,000,000 are required to provide a nonfederal cost-share of not less than 10 percent of the total award. Applicants who protect a population of less than 20,000 are required to provide a nonfederal cost-share of not less than 5 percent of the total award. No waivers of this requirement will be granted except for fire departments of Insular Areas as provided for in 48 U.S.C. 1469a. FP&S Matching Requirements: An eligible applicant seeking an FP&S Grant Program award to carry out an activity shall agree to make available non-federal funds to carry out such activity in an amount equal to and not less than 5 percent of the grant awarded.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: These programs have Maintenance of Effort (MOE) in that grantees are required to maintain operating expenditures during the grant's period of performance in the areas funded by a grant at a level equal to or greater than the average of their operating expenditures in the 2 years preceding the year in which the grant is received. This requirement is intended to ensure that the Federal funds are used to supplement, not supplant, existing resources. In addition, this program will allocate more than $100 million in grants during the current fiscal year.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are available during the period of performance, which is 12-36 months. Refer to the NOFOs for specific details. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Electronic funds transfer. Electronic funds transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are administered by FEMA. FEMA has 10 regional offices which employ Fire Program Specialists who may be contacted for information on the program.
Headquarters Office
DHS/FEMA/Grant Programs Directorate, Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program
400 C Street SW, 3N
Washington, DC 20472-3635 US
firegrants@fema.dhs.gov
Phone: (866) 274-0960
Website Address
http://www.fema.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
70-0561-0-1-999
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$350,000,000.00; FY 19 est $350,000,000.00; FY 20 est $350,000,000.00; FY 17$310,499,998.00; FY 16$345,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, 15 U.S.C. 2229 et seq. In addition, the program guidance and application kit, the FAQs, an applicant tutorial, and other program information can be found on the program's website at www.fema.gov/firegrants.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.