Boston, MA, March 19, 2001-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has forwarded for publication in the Federal Register the interim final rules covering a new $100 million grant program designed to help the nation's fire service community.
"Publication of the rules is an important milestone for these new grants," said Kenneth L. Horak, Acting Regional Director in Boston. "We are working with the fire service organizations to reach out and make sure departments across New England are aware of this opportunity to apply for federal funds."
The interim final rules define:
- Who is eligible? Fire departments located in the fifty
United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands,
Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are
eligible. A fire department is defined as an agency that provides public fire
prevention and control to local, municipal, district, county, parish, or
tribal governments based on a formally recognized arrangement
- What will be funded? The six categories for which grants
will be awarded are Training, Wellness/Fitness, Vehicles, Firefighting
Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment, and Fire Prevention Programs.
- When will applications be accepted? The application period will run from April 2 until May 2, 2001. Evaluation panels will review applications for the six grant categories in May and June. All grants must be awarded by September 30, 2001.
The interim final rules also give details on information that must be included in each grant application. Application forms will be available to download from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants or by contacting the Grant Office toll free at 866-274-0920.
The interim final rules will be posted on the USFA web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants. For more information on the grant program, visit the web site, call the toll free information line 866-274-0920 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org