Article by Darley: Starting an Assistance to Firefighters Grant

Article by Darley: Starting an Assistance to Firefighters Grant

Starting an Assistance to Firefighters Grant

By: Darley Team

Getting funding is an important but equally challenging part of maintaining a fire department. As equipment ages, it deteriorates and becomes less efficient. Eventually, those inefficiencies add up, and it’s no longer safe to use.  Even the most diligent and attentive departments can find themselves with a shortage of funding when a tool unexpectedly breaks, or piece of equipment falls apart. Thankfully departments have access to alternative funding sources this article will concentrate on the AFG process.

Before you get started, you must have your Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and are registered in the System for Award Management (SAM). You can get your DUNS here and register for SAM here. It may take four weeks or more after registering with SAM before your registration is active.

The primary goal of the AFG Program is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations, and State Fire Training Academies. The AFG Program can be a godsend to organizations struggling to get its needs met, but the process to obtain a grant can be rather involved. To apply for a grant, departments need to provide information in 5 categories which are: Organization, Financial Need, Project Description/Budget justification, Operations and Safety/Cost-Benefit, and Statement of Effect/Impact on Daily Operations. I know this can be daunting at first, but after breaking it down, it’s pretty straight forward.

Opening Statement

The opening statement comes before everything else. It’s a brief 2 to 3 sentence summary of what you are requesting and why. If you are having trouble writing this section, don’t worry, you can complete the rest of the application and come back. It’s often easier to summarize your opening statement after going through the rest of the process…

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