The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)has just opened the grant application process for their
Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants. From today through January 18, 2013, your fire department, state organization, municipality or non-profit group may apply for funds to conduct wildfire safety projects!
The FP&S Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. There are two kinds of eligible activities in the grant – Fire Prevention and Safety activities or Firefighter Safety Research and Development activities. Most folks involved in Firewise at the state and local level will be interested in the first category.
Eligible activities under the FP&S activity includes Wildland Fire Prevention Programs! According to FEMA’s guidance, these can include education and awareness programs that protect lives, property, and natural resources from fire in wildland/urban interface, including Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)or Firewise programs. Fuel reduction demonstrations, in a targeted location as part of an awareness and education effort, are considered. However, prescribed burns and fuel reduction equipment are noteligible.
Eligible applicants for the Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S) activity include fire departments, national, regional, state, local, Native American tribal organizations, and/or community 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 in this activity. For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive a FP&S Grant Award.