Applications for FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety grants will be accepted from December 17, 2012, until January 18, 2013, by 5:00 p.m. eastern. The total amount distributed under this grant will be $35 million, funded through the 2012 allocation by Congress of a total of $337.5 million in FIRE grants under the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
Applications for FP&S grants are limited to a maximum federal share of $1 million dollars, regardless of applicant type. The following entities are eligible to apply directly to FEMA under this solicitation:
- Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Activity: Eligible applicants for this activity include fire departments, national, regional, state, local, Native American tribal organizations, and/or community organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Both private and public nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity. For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive a FP&S award.
- Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity (R&D): Eligible applicants for this activity include national, regional, state, and local organizations, such as academic (e.g., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions. Both private and public nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity. Under the governing statute, fire departments are not eligible to apply for funding in this activity. Additionally, for-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive a R&D award.
- Fire departments are subject to the same cost share requirements applicable under the AFG program. Specifically, fire departments that serve populations of less than 20,000 must match the federal grant funds with an amount of non-federal funds equal to 5% of the total project cost.
Grant writer fees, if specifically listed on your application, are eligible and can be charged to the grant as an administrative cost in accordance with the provisions outlined (see Part VI c.).
Priorities are given to those applications designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards. It also includes projects aimed at improving firefighter safety, health and wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries, found under “Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity.”
R&D firefighter health-and-safety projects, as identified by the working group, will be given priority consideration. Applicants should consider focusing R&D proposals on major causes and/or types of firefighter fatal and non-fatal injuries. However, the applicant is not limited to these specific projects, but it is encouraged to include one or more local or regional fire departments and one or more national or international level fire-related organizations in the project.
Read the FP&S grant guidance.