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Region VII Grant Programs Management (GPM) Branch

This page provides information about the Grant Program Management (GPM) Branch, which is part of the Grants Division. The GPM branch is responsible for managing the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG) and for providing technical assistance to grantees receiving funds under the three fire grant programs: Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG); the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER); and the Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grants. The branch services state administrative agencies and fire organizations located in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

   AFG Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program image with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Seal for FEMA logo

Important Updates

Grant News

AFG Programs

  • The FY 2014 AFG awards will soon be announced weekly until all funding is committed.
  • The FY 2014 SAFER and 2014 FP&S application Panel Reviews are scheduled for May.

EMPG Program

The FY 2015 EMPG application period opened March 25th and closes April 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Regional emergency management and fire service training agency websites

Logo for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau


Kansas Division of Emergency Management Logo

Kansas Division of Emergency Management
Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute


Missouri Office Of Homeland Security Logo

Missouri Office of Homeland Security
Missouri University Fire and Rescue Training Institute


Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
Nebraska State Fire Marshal Training Division



Training Opportunities

  • AFG Informational Webinars (1 hour)                                                                                   
    Webinars are held bimonthly starting in May and cover topics related to the management of your AFG awards.  Previously, Region VII held these webinars monthly and covered such topics as Closeouts, EHP,  Application Development, Procurement, Reporting Requirements, and others.  The presentations for these webinars can still be  accessed at .

  • E705 Fundamentals of Grants Management Course (3 days)
    Curriculum covers high-level grant management principles which may differ among programs, therefore grantees should refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement for program specificities.

Target Audience: Direct recipients & Sub-recipients of FEMA grants and Individuals with limited FEMA grants management experience.

LocationEmergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland

Course DatesJune 29 – July 1, 2015
                         September 29 – October 1, 2015

Funding: EMI does not provide travel stipends for this course. Grantees may use Management and Administrative (M&A) grant funds with approval from your FEMA Regional or Headquarters program analyst.

Application Procedures:

  • Enhancing AFG Application Development and Writing Skills Workshop (1 day)
    Instruction focuses on the AFG Program application process, the fundamentals of identifying organizational gaps and vulnerabilities and how to link gaps to the highest priorities in the AFG Program.  Teams simulate the Peer Review Process to enhance student skills in developing and writing a comprehensive and concise application program narrative. An overview of the three AFG Programs is included.

Target Audience:  Potential Applicants and Current Recipients of AFG awards

Location:  FEMA Region VII Office, 9221 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO  64111

Workshop Date/Time:  October 14, 2015 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Funding:  Students are responsible for paying their travel expenses.

Registration Process:  Contact Linda Davis, FEMA R7 Fire Specialist (see contact info below)

Grant Recipient Resources

  • The Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) Policy page provides polices, informational bulletins, and current NOFOs to FEMA preparedness grant recipients and is accessed via /grants/grant-programs-directorate-policy   

AFG Resources

  • All AFG applicants must be registered in SAM to submit an application.
  • Resources available at
    • Funding Opportunity Announcements (Program guidance documents)
    • Application checklists/Tutorials
    • Get Ready Guides
    • Self-Evaluation Guides
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Access the Application Procedures for E705. Contact Program Analyst Hal Tyson for additional information (see contact info below). 

 FEMA Region VII Contacts

Linda Davis, Fire Grants Specialist (Iowa/Kansas)
Phone: 816-283-7094

Rex Jennings, Fire Grants Specialist (Missouri/Nebraska)
Phone: 816-283-7951

Hal Tyson, Preparedness Grants Specialist (all R-VII states)
Phone: 816-283-7084

Kathy Strange, GPM Branch Chief
Phone: 816-283-7033

Last Updated: 
12/13/2017 - 09:46