State Fire Training Systems Grants

To provide financial assistance to State Fire Training Systems for the delivery of a variety of National Fire Academy (NFA) courses/programs, administrative costs, and electronic student feedback.


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.

Office - FEMA regional offices.
Website Address

http://www.fema.gov



Program Accomplishments

Fifty individual grants were issued.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds are to be used within each State to deliver NFA training courses/programs and for marketing, administrative costs and electronic feedback of student data.

Each State shall spend at least $28,000 ($25,000 in FY 02) in costs relating directly to the delivery of course materials.

Computer purchases are restricted.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Representatives from the 50 State Fire Training Systems.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Specialized Group; fire and emergency response personnel.

Credentials/Documentation

All beneficiaries will be required to submit a 75-5 Application Form for all 6-day and 10-day courses, and a 75-5A Application Form for all 2-day courses.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372 and OMB Circular A-102.

Application Procedures

Application packages will be sent to each of the 50 State Fire Training Systems. Grantees must submit workplans at the time of application. Workplans are assessed based based on eligible categories of NFA courses and must include estimated number of students to be trained and proposed dates of training.

Award Procedures

One grant will be issued to each of the 50 State Fire Training Systems after the program office approves each State's work plan.

Deadlines

Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.

Authorization

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; The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, Public Law 93-498, Section 21 (a and b).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

None.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Recipient organizations must provide to the NFA, quarterly project reports on all activities associated with this grant.

Reports must be submitted as described in the grant articles.

Audits

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.

Records

Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-0564-0-1-800.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $1,175,940; FY 08 est $1,200,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

None.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

FEMA regional offices.

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 245 Murray Lane Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20523.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.



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