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AFG
8 Simple Rules for Applying to
Brought to you by FireGrantsHelp
So what is AFG?
• AFG is offered by FEMA
• FEMA awarded $680 million in fire
grants last year (AFG, SAFER,
FP&S)
• FY15 AF...
Rule #1: Know your DUNS Number
• Your application must contain a DUNS
number
• It should match your SAM.gov Entity
Record
...
Rule #2: Get Registered for SAM
Your SAM registration status must
be active:
• When you apply
• When you are awarded
• Thr...
Rule # 3: Activate Your FEMA
Portal Account
You must have an active FEMA
registration status
You can’t apply to AFG if you...
Rule #4: Know your Facts
Ask questions like:
• How many firefighters does
your department have that
respond to alarms?
• W...
Rule #5: Know your Budget
Find out:
• What was your call volume for 2014?
• What was your Operating Budget for
2014?
• How...
Rule #6: Know your Needs
• Assess your equipment/PPE/vehicle
inventory
• What is out of compliance?
• What meets current s...
Rule #7: Understand how your
Application will be Judged
The review process consists of:
• Electronic Scoring – numbers are...
Rule #8: Plan Accordingly
• Narratives are important BUT they will only be read
if the computer scores your application hi...
Still have questions?
We can help!
(Because this stuff is hard!)
To work with the best of the best
Our Grant Writers have:...
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8 Simple Rules for Applying to AFG

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8 Simple Rules for Applying to AFG

  1. 1. AFG 8 Simple Rules for Applying to Brought to you by FireGrantsHelp
  2. 2. So what is AFG? • AFG is offered by FEMA • FEMA awarded $680 million in fire grants last year (AFG, SAFER, FP&S) • FY15 AFG Grant Program opens on December 7th, 2015 and closes on January 15th, 2016 • AFG grant will fund $306 Million this year AFG - Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (We’re so glad you asked!) A penny for your thoughts, $306 million for your dreams!
  3. 3. Rule #1: Know your DUNS Number • Your application must contain a DUNS number • It should match your SAM.gov Entity Record • If you don’t know your DUNS, ask your Finance Office! It’ll look something like this
  4. 4. Rule #2: Get Registered for SAM Your SAM registration status must be active: • When you apply • When you are awarded • Throughout the duration of your federal award Registration can take up to 4 weeks (Let’s get started now!)
  5. 5. Rule # 3: Activate Your FEMA Portal Account You must have an active FEMA registration status You can’t apply to AFG if you’re not registered Call the AFG Help Desk if you need help! Money doesn’t grow on trees…that’s why we have grants
  6. 6. Rule #4: Know your Facts Ask questions like: • How many firefighters does your department have that respond to alarms? • What percentage of your firefighters are trained to NFPA Standard 1001 Fire Fighter I and II? • If your department is not 100% certified, what are your plans to get there?
  7. 7. Rule #5: Know your Budget Find out: • What was your call volume for 2014? • What was your Operating Budget for 2014? • How does this compare with the Operating Budgets for the past three to five years? • How do your actual income and expenses compare to your budgets? If you’re still using one of these to do math, click for help
  8. 8. Rule #6: Know your Needs • Assess your equipment/PPE/vehicle inventory • What is out of compliance? • What meets current standards? Bringin’ home the bacon boots
  9. 9. Rule #7: Understand how your Application will be Judged The review process consists of: • Electronic Scoring – numbers are crunched by a computer • Peer Review Panel – reviewers read and score your narrative • Technical Review – FEMA staff to make sure it meets the NOFO guidelines and other criteria Need help with your grant application? Click Here!
  10. 10. Rule #8: Plan Accordingly • Narratives are important BUT they will only be read if the computer scores your application high enough. The Electronic Scoring is 50% of your total application score! • The moral of the story: There is no room for error.
  11. 11. Still have questions? We can help! (Because this stuff is hard!) To work with the best of the best Our Grant Writers have: • Been awarded $75 million in grant awards • Beaten the national average by 60% For more useful tools, tips, and resources check out our AFG Information Center Page here

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