Training Resource and Data Exchange (TRADE)

Support the national exchange and sharing of fire/emergency service training related materials and information.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Various regional training classes and seminars have been sponsored for fire/emergency service personnel within each of the TRADE regions. This program supports a national conference as well as development of regional training catalogues and materials, and non-copyrighted fire-service-related information sharing activities which includes the virtual TRADing Post and TRADENET system.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds are to be used within the TRADE regions to support the exchange and sharing of training related materials and information.

Refer to program guidance document or administering program office for specific information.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Specialized group; TRADE network participants consisting of the directors of the 50 State fire service training systems and senior executive training officers from the Nation's largest fire departments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local; general public.


Not applicable.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372 and OMB Circular A-102.

Application Procedures

Application packets provided to specialized group contacts must meet OMB Circular A-110: (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher, Educations, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organization) and OMB Circular A-122: (Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations), and Standard Forms 424: (Application for Federal Assistance), and 424A: (Budget Information: Non-Construction Programs), and 424B: (Assurances Non-Construction). In addition, the following forms must be completed; SF119A: (Direct deposit sign-up form); and SF 269A: (Financial Status Report); and Standard Form 270: (Request for Advance or Reimbursement); and Standard Form 272: (Federal Cash Transactions Report); and FEMA form 20-16A: (Assurances for Non-Constructions Program); FEMA form 20-16C: (Certifications regarding Lobbying, Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters).

Award Procedures

One grant will be issued to each of the TRADE Regions.


Refer to program guidance.


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 (a and b).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance.




Not Applicable. Requests for extensions to the grant award must be supported by adequate justification, and can only be authorized in writing by the DHS/U.S. Fire Administration Procurement Officer with the concurrence of the U.S. Fire Administration program office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

12 months from the date of award.

Post Assistance Requirements


Recipient organizations must provide semi-annual reports to the Project Officer on all activities associated with this grant.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have an audit made for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards is exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Records must be retained at least 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if audit findings have not been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $93,000; FY 08 est $93,000; and FY 09 est $93,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,340 to $17,255 per Region.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

31 CFR 205: Rules and Procedures for Fund Transfers; OMB Circular A-102: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments; OMB Circular A-87: Cost Principles for State and Local Governments; OMB Circular A-110: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations; OMC Circular A-21: Cost Principles for Educational Institutions; OMB Circular A-122: Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security; 245 Murray Drive, SW., Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20528.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Identified in program guidance.

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