Fire Management Assistance Grant

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department Of Homeland Security
CFDA #: 97.046

Purpose of this program:

To provide grants to States, Indian tribal governments and local governments for the mitigation, management and control of any fire burning on publicly (nonfederal) or privately owned forest or grassland that threatens such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Fire Management Assistance Grants are made in the form of cost-sharing grants for the mitigation, management, and control of any fire on publicly (nonfederal) or privately owned forestland or grassland that threatens such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The Fire Management Assistance Grant Program, authorized by the Stafford Act and amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, provides for the mitigation, management and control of fires that threaten such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.

Who is eligible to apply...

State governments and Indian tribal governments are eligible for fire management assistance grants. The State or Indian tribal government may be the Grantee. The Grantee is the government to which a grant is awarded, and is accountable for the use of funds provided.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

Costs will be determined in accordance with FEMA Regulations, 44 CFR Part 204. Federal funds will be awarded to subgrantees in accordance with State law and procedure and in compliance with 44 CFR Part 13 and 204. Grant awards will be determined in accordance with OMB Circulars No. A-87 and No. A-102 for State and local governments.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

The Governor, Governor's Authorized Representative, or Indian tribal government may request a fire management assistance declaration through the FEMA Regional Director. To expedite the request, the State or Indian tribal government may submit a telephone request to the Regional Director, promptly followed by a confirming message or letter. The Assistant Director of the Readiness, Response and Recovery Directorate, shall render a decision on the State's request and notify the Regional Director of this decision. This decision may be relayed by telephone, to be followed by a written determination.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:


Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


Requests for fire management assistance declarations must be submitted while a fire is burning uncontrolled and threatens such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 hour to 72 hours.

Preapplication Coordination

A FEMA-State Agreement and/or Indian tribal Agreement for the Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (the agreement)is signed by the Governor/Indian tribal government and the Regional Director at the beginning of the calendar year or after a State's first fire management assistance grant declaration in a calendar year. The agreement is amended for subsequent approvals of assistance for the remainder of the year. This agreement outlines the level of fire management assistance to be provided for all fires declared during the calendar year, and contains the necessary terms and conditions for requesting and receiving assistance. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


States have the recourse to two types of appeals under the Fire Management Assistance Grant Program. Under the first type of appeal, a Governor, Governor's Authorized Representative, or Indian tribal government may appeal a denial of its request for a fire management assistance declaration. The State/Indian tribal government should submit this one-time request for reconsideration in writing, with additional information, to the Assistant Director of the Readiness, Response & Recovery Directorate through the Regional Director. The appeal must be submitted within 30 days of the date of the letter denying the State's/Indian tribal government's request. The Assistant Director will render the final determination on this type of appeal within 90 days of receipt of the appeal or receipt of the additional information requested. The Assistant Director may extend the 30-day period provided that the Governor, the Governor's Authorized Representative, or Indian tribal government submits a written request for a time extension within the 30-day period. The decision of the Assistant Director is the final decision for the Agency. Under the second type of appeal, an applicant or subgrantee may appeal any determination FEMA makes under an approved fire management assistance declaration through a two level appeal process. Appellants must file appeals within 60 days after receipt of a notice of the action that is being appealed. The Grantee will review and forward appeals from an applicant or subgrantee, with a written recommendation, to the Regional Director within 60 days of receipt. The Regional Director will render a determination on first appeals for fire management assistance grant- related decisions within 90 days following receipt of the appeal or requested additional information. In the event the Regional Director denies the appeal, the applicant may submit a second-level appeal to the Assistant Director of the Readiness, Response and Recovery Directorate. Within 90 days following receipt of a second appeal, the Assistant Director, will notify the grantee in writing of the disposition of the appeal or of the need for additional information. If the decision is to grant the appeal, the Regional Director will take appropriate implementing action. The decision of the Assistant Director at the second appeal level shall be the final administrative decision for FEMA.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Not applicable.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

The State Government and/or Indian tribal government, acting as the Grantee, is the government to which the grant is awarded and which is accountable for the use of the funds provided. Other State entities, Indian tribal governments and local governments are eligible to apply for subgrants.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

Provision of Specialized Services

Programs which provide Federal personnel directly to perform certain tasks for the benefit of communities or individuals. These services may be performed in conjunction with nonfederal personnel, but they involve more than consultation, advice, or counseling.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants and Services) FY 03 $70,580,916; FY 04 $49,460,000; and FY 05 est not available.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Not applicable.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

During the first and second quarters in fiscal year 2001, 15 fire management assistance grants were authorized.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Not applicable.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The time interval for which a declared fire occurs is the incident period. Generally costs must be incurred during the incident period to be considered eligible. Pre-positioning of resources may be approved for Federal funding up to a maximum of 21 days before a declared fire. Mobilization and demobilization also occur outside the incident period and are eligible for Federal funding. Temporary repair work must be completed within 30 days of the close of the incident period for the declared fire.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Fire Management Assistance Grants may be available to States on a 75 percent Federal/25 percent nonfederal cost-sharing basis when we determine that the State's application demonstrates either of the following: total eligible costs for the declared fire meet or exceed the individual fire cost threshold or total costs of all declared and non-declared fires in a given calendar year meet the cumulative fire cost threshold. The individual fire cost threshold for a State is the greater of $100,000 or five percent x $1.07 x state population. The cumulative fire cost threshold for a State is the greater of $500,000 or three times the five percent x $1.07 x State population. Both formulas are adjusted annually for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers published annually by the Department of Labor.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Within 90 days of the Performance Period expiration date, the State must submit a Financial Status Report (FEMA Form 20-10) which reports all costs incurred within the incident period and all administrative costs incurred within the performance period. The performance period, defined on the SF-424, may be 9 months from the close of the incident period and may be extended for an additional 3 months by the Regional Director. During the performance period the Grantee will submit the subgrants, which document eligible costs; FEMA will review the eligibility of costs, and process, obligate, and close- out the grant.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


Audits will be performed for both the Grantee and the subgrantees under 44 CFR 13.26. FEMA may elect to conduct a program specific Federal audit on the Fire Management Assistance Grant or subgrant.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Expenditure records and related documents must be retained for 3 years from the date the Grantee submits its final financial status report.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5204c; Executive Order 12148; Reorganization Plan No. 3, 1978. On October 30, 2001, the Fire Management Assistance Grant Program replaced the Fire Suppression Assistance Program.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Federal Disaster Assistance, Fire Management Assistance Grant Program Regulations, 44 CFR Part 204.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

See Additional Contact Information - FMR Help for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security 245 Murray Drive, SW., Washington, DC 20528. Telephone: (202) 282-8000.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: