FEMA: AFG Program – Fire Prevention & Safety Grant (FY 2017 FP & S Grant)
CFDA# 97.044 NOFA: DHS-17-GPD-044-000-98
Due: March 12, 2018
Amount: Max $1,500,000 per applicant. FP&S R&D under Early Career Investigator maximum $75,000 per project year.
Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply directly to FEMA under this NOFO:
1. Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S) - 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 this activity.
For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive an FP&S Grant Award under the FP&S Activity.
2. Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity (R&D) - National, state, local, federally recognized tribal, and non-profit organizations, such as academic (e.g., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions. Both private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity.
Fire departments are not eligible to apply for funding in the R&D Activity. Additionally, for-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive a grant award under the R&D Activity.
Description: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Grant Programs Directorate administers the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Program as part of the AFG Program. 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.
In awarding grants, the Administrator of FEMA shall consider the following:
• The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP);
• The degree to which an award will reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage by reducing the risks associated with fire-related and other hazards; and
• The extent of an applicant’s need for an FP&S Grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole.
FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in two activities. This NOFO provides potential eligible applicants with application requirements and details for processing and evaluating applications for financial assistance for both of these activity areas.
Fire Prevention and Safety Activity: The FP&S Activity is designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death, injuries, and property damage caused by fire and fire-related hazards.
Accordingly, the four project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:
o Community Risk Reduction;
o Code Enforcement/Awareness;
o Fire & Arson Investigation; and
o National/State/Regional Programs and Studies.
Each category within this activity has specific priorities. For additional details, please see Appendix B – Programmatic Information and Priorities, Section III. Funding Priorities.
Firefighter Safety Research and Development (R&D) Activity: The R&D Activity is aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.
The six project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:
o Clinical Studies;
o Technology and Product Development;
o Database System Development;
o Dissemination and Implementation Research;
o Preliminary Studies; and
o Early Career Investigator
The FY 2017 FP&S Grant Program also plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System. The National Preparedness System is the instrument the Nation employs to build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities in order to achieve the National Preparedness Goal (Goal) of a secure and resilient Nation. Complex and far-reaching threats and hazards require a collaborative and whole community approach to national preparedness that engages individuals, families, communities, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of government. The guidance, programs, processes, and systems that support each component of the National Preparedness System allow for the integration of preparedness efforts that build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities and achieve the desired outcomes identified in the Goal while maintaining the civil rights of individuals.
The FY 2017 FP&S Grant Program’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas. Examples of tangible outcomes that may be seen for projects funded in FY 2017 FP&S include building and sustaining core capabilities, such as Fire Management and Suppression and Long term Vulnerability Reduction. Additional details on the National Preparedness Goal can be found at https://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-goal.
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