Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the Department of Homeland Security is now accepting applications for 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). The 2007 program, which Congress appropriated, and President Bush signed into law, includes $492.3 million in direct assistance to firefighters to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, and to establish or expand fire prevention programs throughout the United States. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness (SLGCP) administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
“This funding is available to help our local first responders better prepare for the challenging emergencies they face each and every day,” said Congressman Higgins. “I encourage local departments across Erie and Chautauqua Counties to apply for these grants which provide tools to protect our dedicated firefighters and the communities they serve.”
Interested applicants can access the FY 2007 AFG application at www.firegrantsupport.com. Funding priorities, program guidance, and a tutorial on the application process are also available on the website. Fire departments with questions can contact the AFG helpdesk at 1-886-274-0960 or at email@example.com. All applications must be submitted online by Friday, May 4, 2007 at 5pm.
For three consecutive years Congressman Higgins has hosted fire grant workshops where local firefighters were invited to learn first hand from a DHS Fire Grant Specialist how to put together a qualifying application. With fiscal year 2006 grants still coming in, over the last 24 months alone fire companies in the 27th Congressional district have been awarded federal funds totaling over $4.55 million dollars.
For more information about the fire grant program please contact Congressman Higgins’ office at 716-852-3501.