Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Deadline Dec. 10

APPLICATION PERIOD FOR FY 2014 ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANTS (AFG) OPENS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014, 8 A.M. EST AND CLOSES ON DECEMBER 10TH 2014 AT 5:00PM EST.

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) provide financial assistance directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations to enhance their capabilities with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. Our primary goal is to help fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations meet their firefighting and emergency response needs. AFG seeks to support organizations that lack the tools and resources necessary to more effectively protect the life and safety of the public and their emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.

While needs may be local, grant funded equipment should enhance regional and national response capabilities and building out the “Whole Community” concept

Eligible Applicants

  • Fire departments
  • Nonaffiliated EMS organizations
  • State Fire Academies

Funding Priorities:

AFG funding priorities differ for fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations. Please read the guidance document with this in mind, and make sure that you are researching the appropriate sections for your organization.

1. Fire Department Priorities:

  • Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety:
    • Training
    • Equipment
    • PPE/SCBA
    • Firefighter Wellness and Fitness
    • Modifications to fire stations and facilities
  • Firefighter Vehicle Acquisition
  • Microgrants: Limited to $25,000 federal share

2. Nonaffiliated EMS Organization Priorities:

  • EMS Operations and Safety
    • EMS Training
    • EMS Equipment Acquisition
    • EMS PPE
    • EMS Wellness and Fitness
    • Modifications to EMS Stations and Facilities
  • EMS Vehicle Acquisition

Cost Sharing:

Cost sharing requirements under the 2014 AFG Program will be announced when guidance is published. Historically, it has been based on the population protected by the grantee. The cost-share breakdown for 2013 was as follows:

  • Fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations serving populations of over 1M = 15% of the total project cost.
  • Fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations serving populations between 20,000 and 1M = 10% percent of the total project cost.
  • Fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations serving areas with a population of 20,000 or fewer = 5% of the total project cost.
Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Deadline Dec. 10

Art Supply Grants – Deadline Nov. 1

2014-15 Art Equipment & Supply Grant

Michigan Youth Arts (MYA), through assistance from The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, is offering Michigan K-12 schools grants of up to $2,500 to pay for arts equipment (including repairs of arts equipment) or supplies being used within the classroom/school setting. Grants are determined by independent panelists, based on how well applications adhere to the grant guidelines (rather than in comparison to other applicants). Michigan K-12 teachers of any “arts” subject may apply for the grant, including: visual arts, vocal music, instrumental music, and dance. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis, and a 1:1 match (in terms of teacher or volunteer time, or an equivalent cash amount) is required.

All applications will be evaluated and scored using the following 3 criteria:

  • Excellence: Applicant’s past history of integrating the arts into the school curriculum, and how the purchase of arts equipment/supplies will benefit the learning occurring in the classroom or school.
  • Impact: Estimated number of individuals benefiting, and/or participating; location of project/programming – this is an explanation of the demographics and community the school operates in; accessibility; and public presentation component (if any). Special consideration will be given to underrepresented areas, communities with low access to the arts, or demonstrated need.
  • Management: Classroom Teacher – how is the lead teacher qualified to use the purchased equipment or supplies; and Evaluation Plan – how will the equipment/supplies be purchased and integrated into the classroom curriculum.

Panelists will also consider applicant’s reporting history and compliance status on previous grant awards.

Start Date: 07/01/2014 12:00 AM
Close Date: 11/01/2014 11:59 PM

To apply visit http://www.michiganyoutharts.org/grants/guidelines

 

Art Supply Grants – Deadline Nov. 1