March 10, 2005

Crapo Urges Non-Profits, Fire Departments To Apply For Grants

Fire Prevention and Safety Grant deadline nears

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo urged Idaho fire prevention groups today to apply for a portion of more than $27.5 million being offered by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Association. Applications for the funds, which are being offered as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will be accepted through November 14, 2003. â??The residents of Idaho are intimately familiar with the threats posed by fire,â?? Crapo said. â??The purpose of these grants is to provide necessary funds for fire prevention and safety programs. Private and public organizations dedicated to reducing the effects of fire and fire related incidents are eligible to apply, as well as national, State, local, or community organizations that are recognized for their expertise in fire prevention or safety programs and activities. I urge any organizations in Idaho, including Fire Departments, who think they may qualify for these grants to submit an application. â?? The grant program, administered by the U.S. Fire Administration, seeks to address the nation's fire problem, particularly the death and injury rates to young children, seniors, and the firefighters called to respond to fires. Organizations such as the Red Cross, National Burn Foundation, National Association of Hispanic Firefighters, and National Association of Firefighters have received grants through this program. Interested organizations are encouraged to complete an online application located at https://portal.fema.gov. Additional information is also available online at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fire-service/grants/2003grants/03-prev-grants.shtm, by phone at 1-866-274-0960, or via email at usfagrants@fema.gov. # # #