Fire Station Grants

Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released grant guidance for assistance for firefighting station construction. The purpose of this FY 09 ARRA money is to improve firefighter safety and response capability/capacity based on need through the construction, renovation, or modification of fire stations. Non-Federal fire departments and state and local governments that fund/operate fire departments are eligible for station construction grants (SCG). Awards are limited per project to $5 million. No allocations are made within the total appropriation for new construction versus renovation; each will compete on the same funding priorities and rating criteria. Applications will be reviewed in late August or early September. It is expected that 60 to 80 projects will be funded with $210 million available nationwide. Application and guidance kits are available at http://www.fema.gov/grants and www.grants.gov. For additional information, contact Chris Rizzuto at 202/786-9450, Andrew White at 202/786-9452, or Mike Cappannari at 202/447-5457.

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