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    I received an e-mail today telling me to check the website and complete the 1199a. I hope this means good news. We have not received funding before and this is my first time writing this grant. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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    We as well received the questions and 1199A for a regional grant. In our case 28 fire and 3 EMS agencies combined for communications equipment....pagers, mobile radios, handheld radios,and mountain top reapeaters.... $973,056. It is apparent that they really like the applications which provide for "interoperability"

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    Originally posted by BARNY750
    I received an e-mail today telling me to check the website and complete the 1199a.
    Congratulations...but you really received an e-mail on a Sunday?

    For those who are getting "Questions" for your radio equipment grants, I was told by a little birdie that applications involving communications equipment got a special stamp this year. Hope it's true; I applied for radios for all our personnel.

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    Wow, and I was happy about almost $650,000 for 21 different departments. We are switching to narrow band and so ever department must replace pagers. Plus we are upgrading some portables, mobiles, base stations, dispatch center equipment, and adding a county wide repeater system. Anyone ever have to go through an audit because of a grant? What does it consist of? What should we be prepared for?

    Congrats again SYFIRE

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    You should be EXTREMELY proud of your accomplishment!!!

    As far as an audit, Iam told that anything after $300K requires one. I budgeted the audit cost of $5,000 within the narrative. The audit as I understand it is thru OMB.

    We have received three previous grants and were "pre-audited" on one. Basically it was a check to see if all the paper work was at hand. Everything is available in the rules when you receive the awards.

    Hope this helps some.

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    Three years and waiting.................

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    Originally posted by SYFIRE
    You should be EXTREMELY proud of your accomplishment!!!

    As far as an audit, Iam told that anything after $300K requires one. I budgeted the audit cost of $5,000 within the narrative. The audit as I understand it is thru OMB.



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    Fed regs used to require full/formal audit when any FY totaled more than $300K (sum of all/any programs your agency/juristiction/etc may be involved in). Recently changed to $500K. So check with your treasurer; CDBG, USDA, etc etc etc. My understanding is the Fire Grant guys like many agencies do reviews on their own standards and for their own purposes. For example Monday my town had a financial review of a $80K sanitary sewer CDBG. (A total BS waste of a considerable about of time. The 15" stack of paperwork makes one appreciate the Fire Grant guys).

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    Thanks for the heads up. I factored in the OMB audit into the narrative as well as in the budget request.

    Looking forward to the audit

    Thanx again

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    Does OMB charge for the audit? If so, any idea how much? We didn't budget for the audit and I'm not really sure what to expect. We are in the process of putting together a notebook to include every peice of paper that we have in regards to this grant application, but am still unclear on why we would need money if they are the ones coming to perform the audit. You mean we have to pay them to come perform an audit that they are mandating? Just doesn't seem like it makes much sense.

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    On page 31 of the 2005 Program Guidance Document it discusses the audit. I believe that in the powerpoint presentation is where I first saw the requirements for the audit as well. And in that presentation it spoke of a $5K cost of an OMB audit for grants over $500K.

    Using that info I wrote the narrative and budgeted that amount into the grant proposal.

    Hope this helps. Good Luck

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    I recived the 1199A link in our FEMA mail today...it was dated th 16th. I thought that i had checked since the 16th. If this is awarded i will be 2 for 2... I hope just getting the 1199A link is a good sign....anyone with any thoughts?

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    What was your application for, Maden?

    Although, not 100%, it's a good sign. Since it's not your first trip to the 'big dance',so to speak, you don't need all of us to simply stroke your ego, BUT still, kudos, since you appear to be possibly funded again. (Did you happen to notice if there was an award number attached to your application? That's an even better sign... )

    CONGRATS...

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    Dixiechicknc Yes there is an award number attatched to it. Like i say both depts. i assisted this year have never been awarded and this is my 1st time ever filling out the grants. Both have applied before and all they got was a D.J. in the past. We applied for PPE for 1 of the depts and PPE and SCBA's for the other.

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    Ahhh, my apologies, then...I thought based on your previous post this was your SECOND year winning. So, you do need to be showered with applause! Congrats indeed if you have helped achieve funding for both...That's GREAT!

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    I tell you what it has been kind of a nerve racking experience this year with the awards. I wrote my first grant for our department last year. We have applied in the past but that was the first time I wrote one. We received the grant to my total surprise. I did a lot of research on what needed to be stated in the grant and what stood the best chance for approval. this year I did pretty much the same thing and we received our questions and updated 1199 the other day. I must be doing something right. I had several people from other departments telling me how I needed to write the grant and what to ask for but I decided if I was writing it and putting my name to it that it was going to be the way I thought it should be.

    The most important thing I determined to have was content. It did not makke a difference how long or short the narrative was. As long as it had the key components and the equipment was needed the grant should be awarded. Other guys have wrote grants that are tremendously long and detailed but they are still waiting for a grant and now, pending the phone call, we have received two in as many years.

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    Well it looks like we're in the ballgame. Just recieved reference to this years grant application in our 1199A.

    If all goes well, we will be looking at buying a new brush truck. Hopefully, the 10 questions come before I go on vacation on Friday. I hate to be on vacation knowing that the questions could be sitting in my e-mail for 2 weeks before I can reply.

    Maybe it was an omen. We just recieved a grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife for forestry equipment.

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    Talking Feelin' GREAT GREAT!

    I submitted an application for a neighboring district for a Pumper - they received their "10 questions" on 7/11 and their 1199A form has been updated with a 2005 award #!

    I also submitted an application for our district for a Water Tender - received the "10 questions" on 7/27 and our 1199A also shows a 2005 award #!

    I've been a "lurker" on this forum for over a year now. I just couldn't hold it anymore!

    Good Luck to those who are still waiting for their "10 questions".

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    Congratulations....Sounds like you will be throwing (or attending) some parties in a few weeks! Not to discount those who are waiting, since I am working with plenty that still are...but boy, is it a rush, to open the box up and see it sitting in there! Again, way to go, everyone, who has heard! Good luck!

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    Smile Got the 1199A email

    Just got the email late last night (08/01/2005) but they haven't updated the link on the application site yet. Going for a pumper-tanker to replace 2 1972 used oil field tankers.

    Keeping the fingers and toes crossed!

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    No questions yet, but our 1199 from last year has a new number by it for 2005. We may be on the way to getting a new tanker just in time - before the dump valve rusts all the way off of the old one.
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    A brand new building AND a new tanker...

    It's a Flatlander Christmas in August!!!

    Fingers still crossed for radios, we need 'em bad.

    Hoping it comes through for you!

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    We received our 10 questions and 1199 last week. All new bunker gear for the dept, new Hurst tool set with airbags, 10 portable radios, 5 full SCBA units, and two tankers getting new tanks, pumps, and toolboxes.

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    Congrats all. And excellent cost-benefit on replacing just parts of the tankers, storm. Like I said in article #2, better chance in the equipment category to get components than a whole new vehicle.

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    Don't you just love it when a good plan (grant) comes together!
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    We got the 1199 today in my inbox, We applied for 35 sets of extrication gear SO BIG CHEESE here fingers and toes also crossed as we would be a first time Grant winner. And this was all for our rescue squad!
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