State Fire Training Systems Grants
The NFA promotes the professional development of the fire and the emergency response community and its allied professionals. NFA supports State and local training organizations to fulfill their obligation to the career and volunteer fire and emergency services. NFA also develops, delivers, and manages educational and training programs having a national focus that are outside State and local training missions or that exceed State and local capabilities because of cost or audience. The programs are designed to support PPD-8 through training programs which support State and local response agencies to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, and respond to local, regional, and national emergencies. NFA training helps to strengthen the State’s abilities to meet individual training mandates and bridge the gaps in their training programs with delivery of NFA courses and programs.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: Delivered National Fire Academy 2/6 day off campus courses, State sponsored courses, Enfranchisement Program courses, and the Chief Officer training curriculum in State and local areas of the Nation to 37,466 students. Fiscal Year 2015: Anticipated to deliver National Fire Academy 2/6 day off campus courses, State sponsored courses, Enfranchisement Program courses, and the Chief Officer training curriculum in State and local areas of the Nation to an estimated 45,000 students. Fiscal Year 2016: Estimated to deliver National Fire Academy 2/6 day off campus courses, State sponsored courses, Enfranchisement Program courses, and the Chief Officer training curriculum in State and local areas of the Nation to an estimated 45,000 students.
Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296; U.S.A. Patriot Act of 2001, Public Law 107-56; Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, Title 21, Public Law 93-498; Section 7(f) of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (Pub. L. No. 93-498), as amended, (15 U.S.C. §2206(f)), Public Law 93-498, 15 U.S.C 2206(f)).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Representatives from the 50 State Fire Training Systems.
Specialized Group; fire and emergency response personnel.
Credentials: Applicants must provide a work plan that includes a narrative project description along with the proposed costs for the project. (Allowable costs are determined by reference to OMB Circular No. A-87). The work plan will be used as a guide by the program office to approve / disapprove payment requests, therefore, the plan must be specific and must align with the amount of funding requested / received for the project description.
Documentation: All beneficiaries / students must submit the standard FEMA Form 75-5 (long form) to the State or sponsoring host organization prior to the start of the class. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. FEMA participates in the Administration’s e-government initiative. As part of that initiative, all applicants must file their application using the Federal electronic “storefront” portal Grants.gov. Eligible applicants must apply through this portal, accessible on the Internet at http://www.grants.gov. Only applications made through www.grants.gov will be accepted. The on-line application requires (among other documentation), the Standard Forms 424, Project Narrative, and Budget. For complete information on all required forms, attachments, submission instructions / requirements, deadlines, and other procedural information, refer to program guidance.
The application will be reviewed and recommended for funding by the DHS/FEMA/USFA/NFA Project Officer based on the program criteria identified in the announcement / guidance. Notification of award is made through the electronic Non Disaster Grant System (NDGrants). Once an award has been approved, a notice is sent to the authorized grantee official. Awards are subject to certain administrative, national policy, and cost principle requirements delineated in both 2 CFR and 44 CFR. For complete information on the award procedure, and CFR (and other) requirements, refer to program guidance.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to program guidance document.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to program guidance.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds are to be used within each State to deliver NFA training courses/programs and for marketing, administrative costs, and electronic feedback of student data. Each State Fire Training System (State) will receive a total of $20,000 with $15,000 earmarked for delivery of NFA training programs and $5,000 for marketing, administrative costs, and electronic feedback of student data.
DHS grant funds may only be used for the purpose set forth in the grant, and must be consistent with the statutory authority for the award. Grant funds may not be used for matching funds for other federal grants / cooperative agreements, or for lobbying or intervention in federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. In addition, federal funds may not be used to sue the federal government or any other government entity. Federal employees are prohibited from serving in any capacity (paid or unpaid) on any proposal submitted under this program. Federal employees may not receive funds under this award. States must use funds for the purpose of delivering NFA-developed courses. Pre-award costs are allowable only with the written consent of DHS and such costs must be reflected in the award agreement. See program guidance for information on eligibility. Applicant eligibility is restricted to the 50 State Fire Training Systems.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Quarterly progress reports. Quarterly Financial Status Reports Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year. Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.
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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to program guidance. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Refer to program guidance.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. FEMA regional offices.
Diane Close, Project Officer 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727 Phone: (301) 447-1376
(Project Grants) FY 14 $1,000,000; FY 15 est $920,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects