There are numerous state and federal grant programs available to assist local organizations in meeting certain of their emergency preparedness needs. Listed below are some of the programs more commonly used by Panhandle jurisdictions for this purpose. his is not an exhaustive list; it is merely a sampling of the types of programs potentially available to support preparedness initiatives in the region.
Each year, the Panhandle region receives an allocation of federal homeland security funding through the Texas Division of Emergency Management. The Panhandle Regional Emergency Management Advisory Committee (PREMAC) is responsible for developing recommendations as to how those funds should be used to support regional preparedness goals. The types of projects typically supported by the PREMAC are those that will have regional impact and help to improve the Panhandle’s overall preparedness capabilities. The PREMAC seeks to target these funds toward projects that will improve the region’s ability to detect, deter and respond to disasters; both man-caused and natural.
The Texas Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program is a cost-share program funded by the Texas State Legislature. It provides funding to rural volunteer fire departments for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, county fire radio system components, dry-hydrants, computer systems and firefighter training. Approximately $13,950,000 is distributed annually under the program.
Any chartered, non-profit volunteer fire department operated by its members is eligible. Any part-paid/part-volunteer fire department is also eligible provided the number of paid members is 20 or less.
The Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) complements the department's other major grants programs to enhance regional response capabilities, mutual aid, and interoperable communications by providing technology and equipment, along with the training required to operate that equipment, to law enforcement and emergency responder agencies in smaller jurisdictions and certain metropolitan areas.
This competitive program is a direct assistance program, not a grant program, and FEMA will provide the equipment and technical assistance directly to the selected jurisdictions. CEDAP awards are not monetary awards; applicants select one item from the menu of available equipment choices and successful applicants receive the item they specified in their application.
The Texas Commission on Fire Protection administers the Fire Department Emergency Program to make grants and low interest loans to Texas fire departments with critical equipment needs.
The emergency funding program provides loans, training scholarships and grants to fire departments with critical equipment needs. Fire fighting facilities, apparatus and equipment are eligible for assistance under this program. Rescue, EMS, Haz-Mat and communication devices (except hand-held radios) are not eligible for funding under this program pursuant to the provisions in the statutes.
The purpose of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program, formerly known as the Rural Community Fire Protection (RCFP) Program under the U.S. Forest Service, is to provide federal financial, technical, and other assistance to state foresters to train and equip fire departments in rural areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires. The state forester passes the money along to the fire departments.
Departments must serve a community with 10,000 or less population. This 10,000 population limit helps get available VFA funding to the neediest fire departments. Most grants will be less than $5,000. Funding must be matched on a 50-50 basis by non-federal dollars or in-kind, and can be used for fire equipment, training and start-up organization of fire departments.
The office of Justice Programs of the Department of Justice provides funding to the states and local governments to equip fire and emergency medical services, law enforcement agencies, and hazardous materials units to respond to weapons of mass destruction terrorist incident.
The Texas Facilities Commission disposes of salvage and surplus personal property from Texas state agencies. Eligible entities such as other Texas state agencies, political subdivisions, and assistance organizations may contact the agency offering the property to arrange a transfer at a price established by the agency. If property is not transferred to an eligible entity, the general public is invited to purchase the property by competitive sealed bid, live auctions, internet auctions or at one of our retail storefronts.
Firefighting equipment, Life-saving training, Critical programs-Fireman's Fund awards grants to fire departments of all sizes across the country. We focus on providing funds for needed equipment, firefighter training, and community education programs
Not certain who hosts this site but it appears to a non-commercial site supported for and by individuals who are or who have an interest in firefighting. There’s a grant tab on the home page that should be checked occasionally for updates.
This site should be checked regularly. It provides postings on grants awarded to fire departments around the state; not only state/federal grants but foundation grants as well. This could be a 4-star site.
U.S. Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The purpose of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program is to award one-year grants directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services (EMS) organizations of a state to enhance their abilities with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. Our primary goal is to provide assistance to meet fire departments' and nonaffiliated EMS organizations' firefighting and emergency response needs. This program seeks to support organizations that lack the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards they may face.
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Office of Emergency Medical Services Trauma System Coordination (OEMS/TS)
Under this program funds may be used to support and improve the development of the Texas Emergency Health Care System and increase the availability and quality of emergency pre-hospital health care.
Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs
This program provides grants to support the development and improvement of rural EMS response, delivery, and service capacity. Funding priority is given to Critical Access Hospitals that own and operate EMS and to EMS providers located in a frontier area of the State. For this grant program, a frontier area is defined as an area with a population density of six or few people per square mile of land area.
Funding is available from several sources to support tuition, fees, and some related expenses for Texas agencies and departments. This site provides a listing of various fire service training-related grant sites.
John KiehlRegional Services Director
Criminal Justice Planning Fund (Fund 421) Source: A biennial
appropriation by the Texas Legislature from funds collected through court costs
and fees. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, §102.056 and §102.075. Section
772.006 of the Texas Government Code designates CJD as the Fund's administering
FY Appropriation: Set annually
Purpose: Support a wide range of projects designed to reduce crime and improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
Eligibility: State agencies, units of local government, independent school districts, nonprofit corporations, Native American tribes, COGs, universities, colleges, hospital districts, juvenile boards, regional education service centers, community supervision and corrections departments, crime control and prevention districts, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for grants under this fund. Faith-based organizations must be certified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt nonprofit entities. Grantees may not use grant funds or program income for proselytizing or sectarian worship.
Award Criteria: Meet the criteria codified in the TAC, Title 1, Part 1, Chapter 3, Subchapter C, Division 1
Frequency of Award: Annual