How to apply...
Eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for this program on-line via an "e-grants" application process. The information requested on-line is an electronic version of the SF-424 (for background/contact information), FEMA Form 20-20 (for budget information), and FEMA Form 20-16A (for assurances and certifications). Each applicant will also be asked some additional questions which are designed to provide general, profile-type information on the applicant. Then, the applicants are required to answer some specific questions that are relative to the activities they plan to carry out with the grant funds. In addition to the activity-specific questions, the applicants are also required to provide a five-page-or-less narrative on their planned activity that explains the activity, the applicant's financial need, and the benefits to be derived from the costs of the activity.
Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.
Awards will be made on a competitive basis. Each application will be evaluated based on the answers to the activity- specific questions. The applications that best address the program's established priorities will be deemed to be in the "competitive range" and subject to a second level of review. This second level of review is conducted via a panel of subject-matter experts that will assess the applications' merits with respect to the detail provided in the narrative on the activity, the applicant's financial need, and purported benefit to be derived from the cost. The subject-matter experts will independently score each application before them and then discuss the merits/shortcomings of the applications in order to reconcile any major discrepancies. A consensus is not required. Once every application in the competitive range has been paneled, the applications are ranked according to the average score awarded by the panel. The ranking will be summarized in a Technical Report prepared by the Fire Grants Program Branch. The Fire Grants Program Branch will then make award recommendations to the Grants Management Branch of the Financial and Acquisition Management Division. The Grants Management Branch then contacts the applicant to discuss and/or negotiate the merits of the application and then make the award.
Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check.
Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office,
or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by
intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.