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The IAFF Grants Administration Department oversees the IAFF’s national grant programs, which total more than $20 million per year, as well as coordinates grant reports, manages the program and financial oversight of grant awards, ensures compliance with all federal laws, regulations and executive orders, and identifies new sources of funding.  

Department Staff

  • Elizabeth Harman, Assistant to the General President for Grants Administration and HazMat Training

  • Ron Benedict, Grants Coordinator

  • Gifty Cobblah, Grants Accountant

Over the years, the IAFF has enjoyed funding partnerships with a number of federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), among others. In addition to overseeing national grant programs, the Grants Administration Department also fields questions and requests for information from IAFF affiliates interested in grants for their departments. 

Effects of Sequestration

The IAFF has developed this FAQ related to the sequestration and its effects on both current and prospective grant recipients. The IAFF anticipates that many of its affiliates that received grants in Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 are still facing economic challenges and may be looking to re-apply for additional funding in the Fiscal Year 2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)  grant cycle. Click here for the FAQs.

IAFF Assistance with SAFER Grant Applications and FEMA Turndown (Rejection) Notices
Fire departments that have received turndown notices for the 2012 SAFER application period are encouraged to contact FEMA for feedback on your application. FEMA staff can provide additional details about how the application scored and which section(s) did not score favorably for both the pre-score (data entry section) and narrative. Call FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or email firegrants@dhs.gov

Once FEMA has provided feedback, the IAFF staff is available to assist with the development of Fiscal Year 2013 SAFER applications. To request assistance, affiliate presidents must provide a copy of the complete grant application, along with FEMA’s comments, to grants@iaff.org

Submitted grant applications are available directly from the FEMA grants portal. To print the document, log in and locate the “Print Application” tab on the left-hand menu. Please submit the document as a PDF electronic file for easier tracking of incoming applications. For directions on printing PDF documents, click here. Applications can also be FAXed to the IAFF to the attention of Ron Benedict), along with your contact information. 

New SAFER and FIRE Act Grant Applicants 

Since only officials from your jurisdiction can apply for a grant, it’s critical that affiliates immediately begin working with their jurisdiction and elected officials to prepare and submit applications for the next round of federal funding. While IAFF locals cannot apply on behalf of their jurisdiction, affiliates can make decision-makers aware of the grant process, generate support and offer IAFF assistance in developing the application. The IAFF is prepared to help the appropriate designee for the jurisdiction to complete the application and maximize chances of receiving grant awards. 

The application period for federal grants is typically four (4) weeks; therefore, it is critical to begin the application process as soon as a thorough vulnerability analysis is complete. All IAFF locals struggling with layoffs, pending layoffs, attritions and staffing shortages should apply for SAFER funding. Affiliates applying for training and equipment should apply for Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) grants. Applications for additional funding for fire prevention and safety projects should apply under the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. 

Please contact Ron Benedict at (202) 824-1575 with any questions. Send applications that are ready to be reviewed to grants@iaff.org.

Grant-Funded HazMat Training

For more information on grant-funded HazMat training, click here.     

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