2013 AFG Changes
Some minor modifications coming into 2013 on AFG:
5% match for under 20k residents
10% match for 20k - 1 million residents
15% match for over 1 million residents
Old was 20% over 50k residents.
Every category of applicant (career, volunteer, combo) guaranteed at least 25% of the funding. 10% minimum is plain open competition, minimum 10% to FP&S.
State Fire Training Academies eligible for up to 3% of total funding, no one reciepient can be awarded more than $1 million.
Changes in Maximum Award Amounts:
Population of a jurisdiction served by the applicant Max. award per fiscal year
100,000 or fewer people No more than $1 million
>100,000 – 500,000 people No more than $2 million
>500,000 – 1,000,000 people No more than $3 million
>1,000,000 – 2,500,000 people No more than $6 million
>2,500,000 people No more than $9 million
Limits of the above is also no more than 1% of the total funding available. So since it's authorized for a max of $750mil, no one can get more than $7.5mil in federal funding. Congress will still renew the amount every year but it can't go above $750mil per year under current reauthorization regulations which go through 2017.
The State Fire Academies are deemed to be the ones recgonized by the state as the primary State Training Academy. Brian's .02: is this is going to be a major dysfunctional issue in many areas since there may not be a designated one in all states, or because it's the only one that's decently funded now. Regional ones are the issue in what we primarily deal with.
Under vehicle awards for FDs, a minimum of 10% will go to ambulance awards.
They are introducing a "Micro-Grant" designation for those requests under $25,000. Those that score in the competitive range for panel review may receive additional consideration at panels, or post-panel review (details still being finalized). Brian's .02: essentially any grant in this request range deemed worthy of making Peer will be put into a separate category if it doesn't get scored to fund initially, and be in line first for funding created through reductions in other awards.
As I mentioned in the other FDIC thread, SAFER is coming first in about 6 weeks then AFG will be in August. Looks like I'll have to push off AIT for the Guard since ship date was Sep 9. But gotta pay the bills to keep the clearance.
What were the Maximum Award limits in 2012?
Originally Posted by BC79er
Applicants serving jurisdictions with a population of 500,000 people or less may not receive grant funds in excess of $1,000,000 for any fiscal year.
Originally Posted by Wolf8552
Applicants serving jurisdictions with more than 500,000, but not more than 1,000,000 people may not receive grant funds in excess of $1,750,000 for any fiscal year.
Applicants serving jurisdictions of more than 1,000,000 people may not receive grant funds in excess of $2,750,000 for any fiscal year.
I like that "Micro grant" idea. Gives some of the smaller departments that can only match so much at a time a second look
Originally Posted by WJVaughn
You can do a lot with 25k if you are motivated. And I just happen to be motivated!