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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, Universities, and Fire
Departments to Prevent Fires and Promote Firefighter Safety

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United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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02/26/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit, tribal, and health organizations, universities, and fire departments for activities to prevent fires and increase the safety of firefighters. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The objectives are for grantees to carry out fire prevention education and training, fire code enforcement, fire/arson investigation, firefighter safety and health programming, prevention efforts, and research and development.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant program is one of three grant programs that constitute the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) focus on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The FP&S grant program accomplishes this by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development. 

In awarding grants, the FEMA Administrator is required to consider:

  • The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel;
  • The degree to which an award will reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage by reducing the risks associated with fire related and other hazards; and
  • The extent of an applicant’s need for an FP&S Program grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole.

FP&S Program grants are offered to support projects in two activities:

  • Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S): The FP&S Activity is designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards. The five project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:
    1. Community Risk Reduction;
    2. Wildfire Risk Reduction;
    3. Code Enforcement/Awareness;
    4. Fire & Arson Investigation; and
    5. National/State/Regional Programs and Studies.
  • Firefighter Safety Research and Development (R&D) Activity: The R&D Activity is aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries. The six project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:
    1. Clinical Studies;
    2. Technology and Product Development;
    3. Database System Development;
    4. Dissemination and Implementation Research;
    5. Preliminary Studies; and
    6. Early Career Investigator. 

For information on program priorities and objectives, refer to Appendix B – Programmatic Information and Priorities:

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GrantWatch ID#: 151158

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The total amount of funding a recipient may receive under an FP&S Program award is limited to a maximum federal share of $1.5 million.

FP&S Program R&D applicants applying under the Early Career Investigator category are limited to a maximum federal share of $75,000 per project year.

Term of Contract:

Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): May 17, 2021
Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): May 16, 2022 – May 16, 2024

The period of performance for projects funded under the FP&S Activity is generally 12 months. Eligible applicants who propose complex projects, such as those under the National/Regional/State Programs and Projects category, may apply for up to a 24-month period of performance from the date of award.

The period of performance for projects proposed under the R&D Activity is 12, 24, or 36 months from the date of award.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants

a. FP&S Activity: Fire departments operating in any of the 50 states, as well as fire departments in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A fire department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, local, tribal or territorial authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area. National, regional, state, local, tribal and non-profit interest organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities are eligible applicants. Both private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity.

b. Firefighter Safety R&D Activity: National, state, local, federally recognized tribal, and non-profit organizations, such as academic (e.g., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions. Both private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity. Fire departments are not eligible to apply for funding in the R&D Activity.

Restrictions on Use of Award Funds
- Firefighter overtime for fire suppression and operational activities are not allowable expenses but documented firefighter overtime costs to support awarded activities (such as smoke alarm installation) are allowable personnel expenses.
- Fire Safety Trailers are only eligible under regional projects.
- A project awarded under either the FP&S activity or the R&D Activity requires IRB review if it fits the definition for research and human subjects.

For details regarding ineligible applications and/or organizations, see

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times:
- Date Posted to January 18, 2021
- Application Start Date: January 25, 2021 at 8:00 AM ET
- Application Submission Deadline: February 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET
- Anticipated Funding Selection Date: May 17, 2021
- Anticipated Award Date: May 17, 2021

Other Key Dates (suggested deadlines for completion):
- Obtaining DUNS Number: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid EIN: Eight weeks before actual submission deadline
- Updating SAM registration: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering in FEMA Grants Outcomes System: Prior to beginning application
- Submitting complete application in FEMA GO: One week before actual submission deadline

Note: If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM. It may take four weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information. Information on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM is available from

Cost Share or Match

In general, eligible applicants shall agree to make available non-federal funds to carry out an FP&S Program award in an amount equal to and not less than 5 percent of the grant awarded.

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If applicants experience technical issues, they must notify the FEMA GO Helpdesk as soon as possible. The FEMA GO Helpdesk can be reached at (877) 585-3242 or by email at

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