FY 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Fire Station Construction Grant Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently made available for public viewing the Program Guidance for the Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants.  The application period for the Station Construction Grants (SCG) is scheduled to begin on June 11, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  Applications for these grants must be received by July 10, at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).  
 
SCG was established as part of the Administration’s economic stimulus package under the  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  SCG will provide financial assistance directly to fire departments on a competitive basis to build new or modify existing fire stations in order for departments to enhance their response capability and protect the community they serve from fire and fire-related hazards.  The grants will be administered by the DHS/Federal Emergency  Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate in coordination with the U.S. Fire  Administration by the AFG Program Office.  
 
The e-application and an applicant tutorial are available through the www.firegrantsupport.com  website. The tutorial provides you with valuable grant information and walks you through the preparation and submittal of competitive applications.  In addition, the applicant tutorial provides an overview of the funding priorities and evaluation criteria.During the application period, the help desk will operate Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays (Eastern Time).  However, the helpdesk will close at 4:30 p.m., on Friday, July 3rd and will not be open on Saturday, July 4th.  Applicants who have questions regarding the Fire Station Construction Grants opportunity should contact the help desk at 1-866-274-0960 or at firegrants@dhs.gov

The AFG Program is administered by the DHS/FEMA Grants Program Directorate in coordination with the U.S. Fire Administration. 

Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants Program Guidance – visit
http://www.firegrantsupport.com/docs/2009SCGguidance.pdf

Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants FAQs – will be available through
the www.firegrantsupport.com website. 

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