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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Department of Homeland Security Grants

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OPENS THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR FY2006 FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY GRANTS

Beginning December 4, 2006 at 8:00 a.m. eastern standard time, the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) will begin accepting applications for Fire Prevention and Safety grants (FP&S).

The deadline for receipt of FP&S applications is 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time on January 12, 2007.

FP&S applications are automated and accessible via the program’s website:
www.firegrantsupport.com. The web site contains important information on the FP&S, including the FY2006 funding priorities and program guidance, a web based tutorial on the application process, a listing of frequently asked questions, and other materials. Applicants that have questions regarding this grant opportunity should contact the Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or at firegrants@dhs.gov. During the application period, Help Desk hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.

Additional help desk hours may be added if demand is high. The FP&S is administered by the Department of
Homeland Security’s Office of Grants and Training (G&T) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The grants provide support for efforts to mitigate incidences of deaths and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards especially in high-risk target groups such children, adults over 65, and firefighters. Eligible applicants for FP&S grants include fire departments as well as national, regional, state, local, or community organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention or safety programs and activities. FP&S also supports Firefighter Safety Research and Development activities. Private and public non-profit organizations, academic institutions, non-federal governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individual researchers (i.e. doctorial candidates) are eligible to apply for funding for research and development activities.

Through the Department of
Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2006, Congress provided $27 million for the Fire Prevention and Safety grants.

Using a competitive process and fire service subject matter experts, DHS will award grants to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the FP&S program.

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