Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants
B - Readily funds technology as part of an award
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The objective of FP&S Program is to fund programs of fire prevention and education, fire code enforcement, fire and arson investigation, and firefighter safety and health programming and prevention efforts. In FY 2017, FP&S offers grants to support activities in two categories:
- Fire Prevention and Safety Activity: FP&S Activities are projects designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death caused by fire and fire related hazards. Accordingly, the four project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:
- Community Risk Reduction
- Priority One - Programs that target a specific high risk population to conduct both door-to-door smoke alarm installations and provide home safety inspections, as part of a comprehensive home fire safety campaign
- Priority Two - Programs that include sprinkler awareness that affect the entire community in this effort, such as educating the public about residential sprinklers, promoting residential sprinklers, and demonstrating working models of residential sprinklers. Installation of sprinkler systems is only eligible if proposed as part of a sprinkler demonstration/educational effort.
- Additional consideration will be given to applicants who incorporate supplies for deaf/hard-of-hearing alarm installations as part of their comprehensive installation and education effort
- Code Enforcement/Awareness
- Priority is given to projects that focus on first time or reinstatement of code adoption and code enforcement.
- Fire & Arson Investigation
- Priority will be given to projects that aim aggressively to investigate every fire.
- National/State/Regional Programs and Studies
- Priority is given to projects that focus on residential fire issues and/or firefighter safety and wellness by dissemination and implementation of programs, polices, or products from previous studies that used rigorous scientific methods to determine effectiveness. Firefighter safety and wellness projects should aim to measurably change firefighter behavior and decision-making.
- Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity: R&D Activity Projects are aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries. The five project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:
- Clinical Studies
- Technology and Product Development
- Database System Development
- Dissemination and Implementation Research
- Preliminary Studies.
History of Funding
Previously funded projects can be found at https://www.fema.gov/fire-prevention-safety-grants-awards.
Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:
- AED, CPR, or fire extinguisher training for operational staff
- Weather/disaster notification devices (e.g., sirens)
- Development of Administrative Documents (e.g., SOPs, manuals)
- Fire suppression equipment, supplies, and vehicles
- Firefighting training tools or equipment, personal protective gear, fitness equipment, or immunizations
- Communication equipment, including portable radios or computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems
- Alarm system and alarm system installation
- Equipment that has no intrinsic fire prevention or life safety education application
Eligibility varies based upon program area:
- Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S) - Fire departments; and national, regional, state, local, tribal and non-profit organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Both Private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding this activity. For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible for funding in this category.
- Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity (R&D) - National, state, local, Native American Tribal, and non-profit organizations, such as academic (i.e. universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions. Both private and public non-public organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity.
Applications are to be submitted by May 19, 2017. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.
Up to $34,500,000 is available in total funding. 100 awards are expected to be made. Individual awards may not exceed $1,500,000. Projects under FP&S may last up to 12 months. Projects under R&D may last 12, 24, or 36 months. The projected project start date for all activities should be August 1, 2017. Cost sharing/matching of at least 5% of the grant award is required.
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