Assistance to Firefighters Grant FY 2020

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APPLICATION PERIOD OPENED MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2021, for fiscal year (FY) 2020 ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT (AFG) PROGRAM


Note: this information provided from official FEMA newsletter.

The FY 2020 AFG application period opened Monday, January 4, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, February 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Start planning your FY 2020 AFG grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and application guidance materials. These materials were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2020 grant applications ahead of the application period. These documents can be viewed on the AFG Program website at (corrected link):  FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Application Guidance Materials and/or downloaded to your computer.

  • FY2020 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • Narrative Get Ready Guide
  • Self-Evaluation Sheet – Vehicle Acquisition
  • Self-Evaluation Sheet – Operations & Safety
  • AFG Application Checklist
  • Cost Share Calculator
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Fire Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the guidance materials listed above, call or email the Fire Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.The Fire Grants Help Desk is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET.  

FY 2020 AFG LIVE WEBINARS

FEMA will host live Adobe Connect webinars to provide an overview of the FY 2020 AFG grant program. The presentations will outline important information and reminders about cost share requirements, program priorities, eligible costs, how to navigate the grant application, and tips for preparing an AFG application. FEMA Preparedness Officers will be available to answer your questions.

AFG Webinar Schedule:

Topic

Day of Week

Date

Time

FY 2020 Application Walk-thru

Tuesday

01/12/2021

1 P.M. EST

FY 2020 Application Walk-thru

Thursday

01/14/2021

3 P.M. EST

FY 2020 Application Walk-thru

Tuesday

01/19/2021

1 P.M. EST

FY 2020 Application Walk-thru

Thursday

01/21/2021

3 P.M. EST

FY 2020 Application Walk-thru

Tuesday

01/26/2021

1 P.M. EST

FY 2020 Application Walk-thru

Thursday

01/28/2021

3 P.M. EST

FY 2020 Application Walk-thru

Tuesday

02/09/2021

1 P.M. EST

FY 2020 Application Walk-thru

Thursday

02/11/2021

3 P.M. EST

 

Live Webinars: Webinar sessions will be broadcast using an Adobe Connect webinar link. We suggest that you save this link to your web browser's favorites. The Adobe Connect webinar link can be found at (corrected link): Adobe Connect Link.

To access the webinar, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the webinar link;
  2. Select “enter as a guest” and provide your name and your department’s name. Click on enter the room;
  3. Agree to the terms of the Adobe Connect system, click on “OK”.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, you may test your connection and audio at:   https://fema.connectsolutions.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

APPLICATION PORTAL

The online AFG grant application is available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program’s FEMA GO (FEMA Grants Outcomes) application portal at https://go.fema.gov.

All users have their own FEMA GO account. Each account is specific to the authorized user and must not be shared with other personnel. A FEMA GO Account Creation User Guide can be viewed on the AFG Program website or downloaded to your computer.

Web Browser Information

FEMA GO will only support the most recent major release of the following browsers:             

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Microsoft Edge

Users who attempt to use tablet type devices or other browsers may encounter issues with using FEMA GO.

SAM.GOV REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO APPLY AND RECEIVE GRANTS

All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can start an application. Per 2 CFR § 25.205, FEMA may not make an award to an entity until the entity has complied with the requirements to provide a valid DUNS number and maintain an active SAM.gov registration with current information. To register, or validate your SAM.gov information, please visit: https://www.sam.gov/SAM/.

SAM.gov Registration Tips:

Please ensure the following items are current in SAM and the DUNS number used in SAM is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:

  • Organization’s name
  • Address
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Banking information - type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number

The above information should be consistent throughout all registration documents.

Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in the SAM.gov is FREE.

SAM.gov registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually.

Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help:

If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/home.do.

Submitting Preparer Information

FEMA requires that all applicants identify any individual or organization that assisted with the development, preparation, or review of the application to include drafting or writing the narrative and budget, whether that person, entity, or agent is compensated or not and whether the assistance took place prior to submitting the application. Please ensure that this information is accurate at the time of submission. As a reminder, all applicants must attest that all information contained within the application, including preparer information, to be true, complete, and accurate to the best of your knowledge. If you contract with a grant writer, and they either advise you to not list them in the preparer information section of the application, or refuse to be listed, please notify the AFG program office.

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