Posted by: Elizabeth Harman, Assistant Administrator, Grant Programs Directorate
I am excited to announce the application period for the 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program is opens August 9 and lasts until Sept. 9, 2011.
This means that fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations across the U.S. can apply for federal grant dollars to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public from fire and related hazards. There are a few exciting changes for 2011 I wanted to share:
Under the AFG program, Congress appropriated 4,190,000 in funding that will be an important part of the Administration’s larger, coordinated effort to strengthen homeland security preparedness. AFG will remain focused on firefighter life and safety as well as the safety of the public the firefighters serve.
I strongly encourage your department to review this year’s program guidance and apply at www.fema.gov/firegrants. Local first responders are a vital part of the emergency management team and we look forward to strengthening their capabilities through this year’s AFG program.
As we continue to keep all of our stakeholders informed about our response and support efforts with the recent disasters, we wanted to make sure all of our stakeholders know there are three ways disaster survivors can apply for assistance:
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in designated counties can apply for assistance. For a full list of the designated counties, visit the state disasater page: Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
If you know someone in the affected area and you’re communicating with them, please share this information with them. And if you have a website, please embed this widget on your site.
Here’s the code for the English widget:
<iframe width=”250″ height=”420″ scrolling=”no” marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ frameborder=”0″ src=”http://www.fema.gov/help/widgets/da_main.html” title=”Are you a disaster survivor?”></iframe>
Here’s the code for the Spanish widget:
<iframe width=”250″ height=”460″ scrolling=”no” marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ frameborder=”0″ src=”http://www.fema.gov/help/widgets/da_main_esp.html” title=”¿Es sobreviviente de un desastre?”></iframe>