Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is announcing the Department of Homeland Security will begin accepting applications for grants through the Fire Prevention and Safety Program beginning on October 22, 2007.
“Western New York’s first responders play an essential role in homeland and community protection,” said Congressman Higgins. “I encourage local agencies to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for these federal resources which can help better protect them and the residents they serve.”
Fire Prevention and Safety grants (FP&S) are intended to help local organizations address fire prevention and safety issues with the primary goal of reaching high-risk target groups including children, seniors and firefighters. Thirty-two million dollars was made available in the fiscal year 2007 budget for FP&S grants. FP&S is part of a larger Assistance to Firefighters program administered by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the US Fire Administration.
All applications for FP&S grants must be received by 5pm on November 30, 2007. An applicant tutorial which provides grant information and details outlining the process for preparation and submittal of competitive applications is available at www.firegrantsupport.com. Applicants with questions regarding the grants can contact the help desk between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday at 1-866-274-0960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For three consecutive years Congressman Higgins has hosted fire grant workshops where local firefighters were invited to learn first hand from a Homeland Security Specialist how to put together a qualifying application. Over the last several years fire and EMS agencies in Congressman Higgins’ district have received federal funds totaling over $5 million.