Fire Prevention and Safety Grants are separated into two Activities. Projects that can be funded are:
Fire Prevention and Safety: Applicants can apply for up to three projects. Examples of eligible projects include: Smoke Alarms, Sprinkler Awareness, Public Education campaigns, Code Enforcement/Awareness, Firefighter Safety, Training, Wildfire Prevention /Awareness, Arson Prevention/Awareness, Risk Assessments, and General Prevention/Awareness. Applicants requesting Risk Assessments are precluded from applying for additional projects. Fire departments are subject to the same cost-share requirements as under the AFG Grants.
Firefighter Safety Research and Development: Applicants can apply for a grant with up to a three-year period of performance, but are limited to $1 million per application. For multi-year projects, they can divide the $1 million over the period of performance however they deem necessary. Projects must address injury outcomes or provide a strong justification the proposed outcomes can be linked to injury outcomes. Behavioral, Clinical, and Social Science studies, Database/Data Collection and analysis projects/systems, Technology and Product Development Studies, and research regarding dissemination and implementation of effective programs and projects and preliminary studies are all examples of eligible projects.
Applicants must submit only one application during this application period and may include requests for either one or both activities.
Is there a cost share for fire departments?
Yes. Fire departments are subject to the same cost-share requirements applied under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Fire departments may only apply in the Fire Prevention and Safety Activity. 15 U.S.C. 2229(b) (6). Fire departments serving populations of less than 20,000 must match the federal grant funds with an amount of nonfederal funds equal to five percent of the total project cost. Fire departments serving areas with a population between 20,000 and 50,000, inclusive, must match the federal grant funds with an amount of nonfederal funds equal to ten percent of the total project cost. Fire departments serving populations over 50,000 must match the federal grant funds with an amount of nonfederal funds equal to twenty percent of the total project cost. All nonfederal funds must be in cash, i.e., in-kind contributions are not eligible. No waivers of this requirement will be granted except for applicants located in Insular Areas as provided for in 48 U.S.C. 1469a.
Will there be a cost share requirement for national, regional, state, local or community organizations this year?
No. There is no cost share for grants under the Fire Prevention and Safety Activity nor the Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity to eligible national, regional, state, local, or community organizations (other than fire departments as described above). Private and public nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, nonfederal governmental organizations, and nongovernmental organizations are eligible to apply for funding, and there is no cost share required for these organizations under either FP&S Grant Activity. The Federal share for FP&S Grants is limited to $1,000,000 per application.
You can find more details at: http://www.fema.gov/fire-prevention-safety-grants