The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) will begin the initial awarding of Assistance to Firefighters Grants on Monday July 1. More than 19,000 requests for funding have been received seeking more than $2.2 billion, and it is anticipated approximately 5,500 will be awarded before the end of the year.
The peer review by 300 fire service personnel has been completed. The process of awarding the grants will move slowly at first as FEMA staff work through the notifications and documentation process, which are, for the first time, Web-based. Once the system is familiar to all the staff involved with its various segments, the Web-based system will accelerate the process to approximately 500 grants every two weeks. At that pace, it will take approximately five months to complete all of the awards.
For more information, visit www.usfa.fema.gov.