The Program Guidance has a new format, known as the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which still accents the funding priorities as High (H), Medium (M), or Low (L). When requesting training that accompanies PPE, vehicles, etc., you will now make that request under Additional Funding in the same Request Details section. When requesting multiple vehicles, there will now be separate line items with separate narratives. FY 2012 AFG Changes
Metro Departments & AFG Metro Departments From 2008 – 2011 58 departments submitted applications – 72% submission rate of IAFC Metro members 239 Applications received – 20 of those were “regional” 95 awards to fire departments (43% success) 8 regional awards (40% success rate)
Metro Departments & AFG Metro Departments From 2008 – 2011 72% of IAFC Metro Departments applied – 51% of those applied each of the last 4 years – 27% applied 3 out of 4 years – 12% applied 2 out of 4 years – 10% applied only once out of the 4 years
Metro Departments & AFG Metro Departments From 2008 – 2011 47 departments applied as “Urban” 9 departments applied as “Suburban” 2 departments applied as “Rural”
Metro Departments & AFG Metro Chiefs Fire Dept Applications 2008200920102011 # of Apps Submitted55584858 # of Apps Awarded17332322 Success Rate29%56%48%38% Total Fed Share Approved$7,954,653$16,042,860$11,904,971$19,581,282 Average Fed Share Awarded$497,166$501,336$517,607$890,058 Min Fed Share Awarded$78,400$62,000$98,340$96,585 Max Fed Share Awarded$1,248,000$1,716,388$1,392,000$1,750,000 Median Fed Share Awarded$357,331$424,272$368,160$833,200
Top 10 Best Practices 1.Assign someone to be the primary owner of your grants. Make it part of their primary responsibility. 2.Start preparing early and read the Program Guidance and related help documents. 3.Align your department’s Needs Assessment with the current funding priorities. 4.Tell your department’s story. 5.Read each question carefully, then answer.
Top 10 Best Practices 6.Have your application read by someone else before submitting. 7.Submit your application before the deadline. 8.Make sure you include all eligible costs as part of your application, including: – EHP review – State taxes – Vehicle performance bonds – Expenses associated with an A133 audit
Top 10 Best Practices 9.Make sure your project can and will be done within your grant’s period of performance and have your bid specifications ready when you receive your award. (be proactive). 10.Ensure you have support from your local government leaders. BONUS: Call the AFG Help Desk or regional representative with ANY questions!
The single most important thing you can do to ensure your department has the best opportunity for success in the AFG Program is to match your highest needs to AFG Funding Priorities. DO NOT DEVIATE Funding Priorities