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Region VII: Grants

This page provides information about Region VII Grants Division.

The Grants Division has a staff of 15 grant and emergency management personnel. Our skills range from providing disaster response, to providing technical assistance for FEMA grants, grant business management, monitoring and responding to audits.

There are two branches in the Region VII Grants Division:

  • Grant Programs Management Branch – Responsible for making state assistance grants for emergency management operations and providing technical assistance to grantees under the three fire grant programs.

  • Grants Business Management Branch – Handles the business side (how to get the federal grant money, use of the grant funds, and overseeing proper use of the money).

Grant Programs Management Branch

The Grant Programs Management (GPM) Branch has four grant specialists with expertise in the programmatic requirements of FEMA’s preparedness grant programs. Throughout the grant performance period we provide technical assistance to our states and fire organizations awarded grant funding to ensure they are compliant with federal grant rules and regulations while building and sustaining their emergency management capabilities.

The GPM Branch is responsible for managing the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG) and providing technical assistance to recipients of grant funds under the three fire programs: Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG); the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER); and the Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grants.

  • Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) provides federal funds to state, local, and tribal governments to enhance their capabilities to respond to and recover from all-hazard events. Notice of Funding Opportunity and other documents are available to explain the program
  • Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funds help meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations.
  • Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program provides funding to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.
  • Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards.

Grant Recipient Resources

  • All grant recipients with awards issued after December 26, 2014, must comply with the new Super Circular (2 C.F.R. Part 200).
  • The Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) policy page provides polices, informational bulletins, and current Notice of Funding Opportunities for FEMA preparedness grant recipients
  • All grant applicants must be registered in SAM to submit an application.
  • AFG Resources include:
    • Funding Opportunity Announcements (Program guidance documents)
    • Application checklists/Tutorials
    • Get Ready Guides
    • Self-Evaluation Guides
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Region VII State Fire Associations

Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau

Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute

Missouri University Fire and Rescue Training Institute

Nebraska State Fire Marshal Training Division

Grant Programs Management Branch Contacts

Linda Davis, Fire Grants Specialist
Phone: 816-283-7094

Rex Jennings, Fire Grants Specialist
Phone: 816-283-7951

Hal Tyson, EMPG Grants Specialist
Phone: 816-283-7084

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

Grants Business Management Branch

This page provides information about the Grant Business Management (GBM) Branch, which is part of the Grants Division. The branch services a wide variety of state agencies that receive FEMA grants from all FEMA grant programs located in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The Grants Business Management Branch has 10 staff, generally grants management specialists. Our skills are focused on determining the adequacy of grantee financial systems, monitoring grant dollars and providing business process and technical assistance to various grantees.

The Grants Business Management handles the business-operations side of awarding and overseeing both disaster and non-disaster grants. We review and process the grant documents in line with the rules set by congress. The GBM branch is responsible for determining the adequacy of grantee financial systems, ensuring compliance, monitoring grant dollars and providing business process and technical assistance to a variety of grantees for all grant programs FEMA offers.

Grant Administration Quick Links

Contact the Grants Division via email:

Last Updated: 
08/22/2019 - 16:15