FY13 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Open on February 18

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Intergovernmental Affairs Division
Telephone 202-646-3444

Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory

February 11, 2014

Opening February 18:  FY13 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Application Period


Dear Emergency Management Partners,

Below you will find an announcement from our Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, announcing the upcoming open application period for the FY 2013 Fire Prevention and Safety grant funding.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.

Intergovernmental Affairs Division
FEMA Office of External Affairs
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Phone: (202) 646-3444

Assistance to Firefighters Grant banner with DHS logo

Activities Eligible for FP&S Grants  
How to Apply
Starting Tuesday, February 18, 2014,  organizations may begin online grant applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant funding. The deadline for all   FP&S Grant applications is Friday, March 21, 2014, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

Key Changes in the FY 2013 Fire Prevention and Safety funding opportunity:

  • The grantee cost sharing is now 5% for all eligible applicants for both FP&S and Research and Development (R&D) activities regardless of population size or applicant type.
  • Applications and awards are limited to a maximum federal share of $1.5 million        dollars, regardless of applicant type.
  • The evaluation criteria under the Research and Development activity have been modified and now clarifies the evaluation process for the Research and Development applications.
Activities Eligible for FP&S Grants
  • Fire Prevention and Safety Activities: 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 Activities: Projects aimed at improving        firefighter safety, health, and wellness through research and development projects that reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries.
How to Apply
1.       First,   download and read the FY 2013 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Funding Opportunity   Announcement (FOA). It explains the purpose of the grant   program, activities eligible for support, eligibility criteria, award   criteria, application instructions, and Federal requirements for grantees.

2.       Visit   the Fire   Prevention and Safety Grants homepage on the Assistance to Firefighters   Grants (AFG) Website and use the additional application resources below to   help you develop your grant application.

o      FY 2013   FP&S Grants Get Ready Guide: This short guide will help you   kick-start your FY 2013 grant application. It identifies the most important   elements of all the grant application questions.

o      FY 2013   FP&S Grants Self-Evaluation Sheet: This tool is based on the application scoring dimensions used by the peer reviewers. It will help you assess your organization’s readiness to apply for a grant and help you plan your application.
o      FP&S Grants Frequently Asked   Questions

o      Video: Community Risk  Assessment and Fire Prevention and Safety Grants. This video describes how to   conduct a risk assessment and how to use the results to plan and conduct fire   prevention and safety projects in your community.

o      Video: Fire Prevention and Safety Grants. This video covers the purpose of the FP&S Grants, types of eligible organizations and activities, and award evaluation criteria.

3.     Between February 18, 2014 and March 21, 2014   start your online grant application by going to the FEMA E-Grant Application Access website at https://portal.fema.gov/famsVuWeb/home.

Contact the AFG Help Desk if you   have questions about the FY 2013 FP&S Grant Funding Opportunity   Announcement, online application, or any applicant resources. Help Desk   Specialists will be available during the application period, Monday through   Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. Toll-free telephone: 1-866-274-0960; e-Mail: firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

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