Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Application Period Now Open

Friday, 08 December 2006

The 2006 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) application period opened December 4 and will remain open until 5 p.m. EST on January 12. Administered by the Office of Grants and Training in the Department of Homeland Security, FP&S grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The main focus of FP&S grants is to reduce incidences of injuries and deaths among high-risk groups, including firefighters, children, and adults over 65. Departments can apply for FP&S grants to help fund Fire Corps activities such as public fire safety and prevention education, smoke alarm distribution and installment programs, and more.

This year, $27 million is available in competitive awards to fire departments and fire prevention and firefighter safety research organizations through the FP&S grant program. Examples of activities supported by FP&S include fire prevention and public safety education campaigns, juvenile firesetter interventions, media campaigns, and arson prevention and awareness programs. In addition to fire prevention and safety activities, FP&S grants can also be used for firefighter safety research and development.

For more information on the FY 2006 FP&S grant program, including the Program Guidance and the E-Grant application, visit www.firegrantsupport.com/fps/. The Fire Corps website also provides hints and tips for applying for FP&S grants from Dayna Hilton, Public Fire and Life Safety for Johnson County RFD #1 in Clarksville, AR. Hilton is a successful grant writer who has helped her department receive almost a quarter of a million dollars in grants and awards. Visit www.firecorps.org for more.

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