Residential Fire Safety & Fire Sprinkler Initiatives

To support residential fire safety initiatives such as: promoting public awareness of fire protection systems e.g., smoke alarms, and automatic sprinklers; supporting consumer awareness of residential fire sprinkler systems through provision of educational materials, public service announcement (PSA)
kits, and newsletters/media releases to the public, home building, and fire protection industry.

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

Information pertaining to residential fire sprinkler systems has been developed and showcased at various venues and homebuilding/contracting industry association events. Newsletters, web site development, and outreach material for national, regional, and local homebuilder/fire protection industry associations, and fire services have been developed.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding is restricted to nonfederal entities invited to apply by DHS or specified in DHS Appropriation Statute.

Refer to program guidance or announcement for further information.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.

Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.


Not applicable.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Standard Forms 424 (Application for Federal Assistance) and 424A (Budget Information: Non-Construction Programs) must be completed and returned by the recipient. In addition, the following forms must be completed: SF1199A (Direct Deposit Sign-up Form); FEMA Form 20-16 (Summary Sheet for Assurances and Certifications); FEMA Form 20-16A and 16A (Back) (Assurances for Non- Construction Program); FEMA Form 20-16C (Certifications Regarding Lobbying, Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters); and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements, and SFLLL (Disclosure of Lobbying Activities.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


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; Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, as amended, and various appropriation bills.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.




Requests for modifications to the grant award can only be authorized in writing by the DHS Assistance Officer with the concurrence of the administering program office. Requests for modifications must be supported by adequate justification.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports.

Quarterly Progress Reports must include the progress of each sub-grant award.

Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.


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 nine months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of three 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 three-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 three-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



FY 07 $130,000; FY 08 $130,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

31 CFR 205: Rules and Procedures for Funds 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; OMB 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 the program guidance.

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