[cifnmedia] Grant Program Application Period to Open on March 1, 2004

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  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 02:04:07 -0800 (PST)

Updated: 03-04-2004 01:02:38 PM

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Application Period to Open on March 1, 

USFA/FEMA Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Homeland Security will open the application 
period for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program on Monday, March 1, 
2004 at 9:00 a.m. (e.s.t.). The application period will be open through 5:00 
p.m. (e.s.t.) Friday, April 2, 2004. The Department invites fire departments 
throughout the United States to apply for assistance under this program. 

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) is administered by the 
Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness. The program 
assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United 
States. These funds are used by the nation's firefighters to increase the 
effectiveness of firefighting operations, to improve firefighter health and 
safety programs and to establish or expand fire prevention and safety programs. 
Through the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004, 
Congress provided $750 million for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program 
and transferred administration of the program from FEMA to ODP. 

The FY 2004 AFGP closely mirrors previous years' programs with minor changes 
and enhancements. All the program areas and activities available last year are 
eligible for funding again this year. Emergency medical services activities, 
however, are not an independent program area for the 2004 program year. Rather, 
EMS activities have been incorporated into the appropriate activities under the 
Operations and Firefighter Safety Program. Additionally, this year all Federal 
grantees must obtain a DUNS number, (a unique nine-character identification 
number provided by the commercial company Dun & Bradstreet). The Federal 
government will use the DUNS number to better identify related organizations 
that are receiving funding under grants and cooperative agreements and to 
provide consistent name and address data for electronic grant applications. 

Additional information about DUNS numbers can be found on the Dun & Bradstreet 
Web site (www.dnb.com/US/duns_update/index.html). There is no charge to obtain 
a DUNS number, and it is the applicant's responsibility to obtain one. It is 
recommended that applicants request a DUNS number as soon as possible by 
calling 1-800-333-0505. 

As in past years, the Application and Program Guidance are automated and will 
be available online on March 1, 2004. They will both be accessible from the ODP 
Website (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/odp) and USFA Website (www.usfa.fema.gov). 
Additionally, the Websites contain other useful background information on the 
AFGP, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions and the currently 
scheduled AFGP workshops. Fire departments that have questions regarding the 
Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program should contact the fire grant help 
desk at 1-866-274-0960 or at firegrants@xxxxxxxx 

On March 1, 2003, the Office for Domestic Preparedness became a part of the 
Department of Homeland Security. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Public Law 
107-296) designated ODP as the principal Federal agency responsible for the 
preparedness of the United States for acts of terrorism, including coordinating 
preparedness efforts at the Federal level, and working with all State, local, 
tribal, parish, and private sector emergency response providers on all matters 
pertaining to combating terrorism, including training, exercises, and equipment 
support. To support this mission, ODP administers a number of programs that 
provide a wide-array of support to our nation's emergency preparedness and 
response community. For more information on ODP, please contact the Website at 

For media inquiries, please contact either Chris Rizzuto or David Hess in the 
Office for Domestic Preparedness at 202-305-9887. 

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Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
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