I am excited to announce the application period for the 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program is opens August 9 and lasts until Sept. 9, 2011.
This means that fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations across the U.S. can apply for federal grant dollars to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public from fire and related hazards. There are a few exciting changes for 2011 I wanted to share:
- The program guidance is shorter, more user friendly, and highlights the funding priorities. This makes it easier to understand the funding that’s available and should result in less time needed to fill out the application,
- Questions on the grant applications will enhance the panelists’ ability to review each application’s merits, and
- The “Get Ready Guide” for the Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant program has been provided to answer your questions and to help you prepare your grant application.
Under the AFG program, Congress appropriated $404,190,000 in funding that will be an important part of the Administration’s larger, coordinated effort to strengthen homeland security preparedness. AFG will remain focused on firefighter life and safety as well as the safety of the public the firefighters serve.
I strongly encourage your department to review this year’s program guidance and apply at www.fema.gov/firegrants. Local first responders are a vital part of the emergency management team and we look forward to strengthening their capabilities through this year’s AFG program.