Fire Station Construction Grant Application Period Open

FEMA Station Grants

by mobrian on June 8, 2009

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security opened the  Fire Station Construction (FSC) grant program.

The program was created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (P.L. 111-5) to provide an economic stimulus in the form of jobs and increase the safety of firefighters and the communities they serve. Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., EDT, on July 10, 2009.

The FSC grants will provide financial assistance directly to local fire departments to build new or modify existing fire stations.  The program will use a peer review system similar to the one used for the FIRE and SAFER grant program, and a technical review to assess the technical feasibility of the applicants achieving the benefits claimed in their applications. The program does not require a cost share.

Congress appropriated $210 million for the program. The ARRA limits the funding for any one grant to $15 million. DHS imposed a $5 million funding limitation on each project within an application. A fire department may apply for multiple projects within an application as long as the total request does not exceed $15 million. Non-federal fire departments and state and local governments that fund and operate fire departments are eligible to apply for the grants.

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