Application Period Begins for Firefighters Seeking Federal Grant

Open application period will run from April 2 – 27, 2012

WILMINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, announced that the open application period to help those interested in applying for the FY2011 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants is April 2 – 27, 2012. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S), which are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to target high-risk populations and reduce injury and prevent death.

“Every day, the men and women of our fire and emergency service organizations put their lives on the line to protect our communities and our property in Delaware and across the country, and it is essential that we give them access to the equipment, training and resources necessary to do their jobs in a safe and effective manner,” said Sen. Carper.

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.

  • Eligible applicants for the Fire Prevention and Safety Activity include fire departments, national, regional, state, and local organizations, Native American tribal organizations, and/or community organizations recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Private and public nonprofit organizations and Housing Authorities are eligible.

  • 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.
  • Eligible applicants for the Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity include national, regional, state, local, or community organizations, such as academic institutions (i.e. universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions, especially those recognized for experience and expertise in firefighter safety research and development programs or whose applications demonstrate strong research and development experience and expertise whose research has potential to improve firefighter safety. Private and public nonprofit organizations and non-Federal and non-governmental organizations are also eligible to apply for funding. Fire departments are not eligible to apply for funding under this activity. For-profit organizations and other federal organizations are not eligible to apply for FP&S Grants.

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.

  • Section I—FY 2011 FP&S Grants Program Guidance and Application Kit: Application and Review Information. Includes a description of key changes to the FP&S Program since FY 2010.
  • Section II—FY 2011 FP&S Grants Program Guidance and Application Kit: Award Administration Information.

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 ( Help Desk Specialists will be available during the application period, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT.