Federal Government Grant Opportunities
Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S)
The Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), and are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FP&S Grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to target high-risk populations and reduce injury and prevent death.
Eligibility includes fire departments, national, regional, state, and local organizations, Native American tribal organizations, and/or community organizations recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Private non-profit and public organizations are also eligible. Interested applicants are advised to check the website periodically for announcements of grant availability. The typical application window for these grants is 30 days.
Review the Fire Grant Support page for full information on the program, including the overall Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program.
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program
The Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), administers Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning and Project Grants. This competitive grant program, known as PDM, provides funds and technical assistance to state entities, tribes and local governments to help develop multi-hazard mitigation plans and to implement projects identified in those plans. Individual communities can apply for PDM grants, but they are advised to work with their state contacts in emergency management or mitigation as they are developing their plans and projects.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. The HMGP is authorized under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
Communities interested in the HMGP should contact their State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO). A SHMO serves as the state-level connection to various grants and assistance related to natural hazard preparedness and planning as well as some post-disaster activities. Find your SHMO.
FEMA also provides regional contact information for communities interested in mitigation and wildfire within FEMA’s 10 regional offices.
Program 15.228: Wildland Urban Interface Community and Rural Fire Assistance
This program is designed to implement the National Fire Plan and assist communities at risk from catastrophic wildland fires. The program provides grants, technical assistance, and training for community programs that develop local capability, including:
- Assessment and planning, mitigation activities, and community and homeowner education and action;
- Hazardous fuels reduction activities, including the training, monitoring or maintenance associated with such hazardous fuels reduction activities, on federal land, or on adjacent nonfederal land for activities that mitigate the threat of catastrophic fire to communities and natural resources in high risk areas;
- Enhancement of knowledge and fire protection capability of rural fire districts through assistance in education and training, protective clothing and equipment purchase, and mitigation methods on a cost share basis.
Secure Rural Schools and Community
Self-Determination Act - Title III- County Funds
The Self-Determination Act (SRS Act) has recently been reauthorized and now includes specific language regarding the Firewise Communities program. Counties seeking funding under Title III must use the funds to perform work under the Firewise Communities program.
Counties applying for Title III funds to implement Firewise activities can assist in all aspects of a community’s recognition process, including conducting or assisting with community assessments, helping the community create an action plan, assisting with an annual Firewise Day, assisting with local wildfire mitigation projects, and communicating with the state liaison and the national program to ensure a smooth application process. Counties that previously used Title III funds for other wildfire preparation activities such as the Fire Safe Councils or similar would be able to carry out many of the same activities as they had before. However, with the new language, counties would be required to show that funds used for these activities were carried out under the Firewise Communities program.
For more information, visit the USDA Forest Service website.