National Fire Academy Training Assistance

To provide travel stipends to students attending Academy courses.

Examples of Funded Projects

Students are provided an opportunity to attend courses at the National Fire Academy resident facility with a minimal cost to the individual or the fire department represented.

The increase in the number of students attending impacts on increasing the professional level of fire service personnel.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Website Address

Program Accomplishments

In previous fiscal years, assistance in the form of stipend funds were provided to over 4,200 participants in the National Fire Academy Program.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Presently, the program covers reimbursement for the cost of a 21-day pre-purchase, nonrefundable ticket for round-trip transportation by common carrier, or privately owned vehicle mileage reimbursement not to exceed the cost of the airline ticket, for resident program courses at various locations and a limited stipend for selected regional delivery courses throughout the nation.

For Resident Program courses, students are required to pay the cost of meals daily.

For Regional Delivery courses, a limited stipend of up to $100 for a one-week course and up to $200 for a two-week course is provided to help offset students' transportation and lodging.

Reimbursements are not made to Federal employees who are attending on behalf of their employer, employees from private industry, or foreign students.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any student who is a member of a fire department or has significant responsibility for fire prevention and control and has been accepted into an eligible course at the National Fire Academy may apply for stipend reimbursement.

Federal or private industry employees or foreign students may be accepted into National Fire Academy courses but are not eligible for stipend reimbursement.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Student or sponsoring organization.


Student Stipend Agreement (FEMA Form 75-3) and Student Stipend Agreement (Amendment) (FEMA Form 75-3a) accompanied by a copy of the required supporting documentation. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application is made to the National Emergency Training Center Admission's Office using the Student Stipend Agreement (FEMA Form 75-3) and Student Stipend Agreement (Amendment) (FEMA Form 75-3a) after acceptance into the course. The Student Stipend Agreement must be accompanied by the required supporting documentation. The completed agreement package will be processed immediately. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

The completed agreement package will be processed immediately. A U.S. Department of the Treasury payment schedule will be prepared and a reimbursement check issued directly to the beneficiary.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296; U.S.A. Patriot Act of 2001, Public Law 107-56; Federal Emergency Management Agency, Executive Order 12127, 44FR 19367, 3 CFR, 1979 Comp. P. 376; The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, Public Law 93-498, Section 21 ( and b).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.


May be made to the Superintendent of the National Fire Academy, or his designee.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

There is no match requirement for this program. However, students are required to pay for their meals.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements




In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments) FY 07 $1,365,012; FY 08 est $1,600,000; and FY 09 est $1,600,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

National Fire Academy Course Catalog, course schedules.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane - Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20528.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selection.

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