2009 June 15 Stimulus Funds Now Available for Fire Station Construction

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Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Homeland Security has announced the Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants. This program provides $210 million for construction or modification of fire stations and aims to help communities bolster their emergency response capabilities while stimulating the economy through construction.

Key components of the program include:
  • All public fire departments are eligible
  • Maximum individual project request is $5 million
  • Maximum community request is $15 million
  • Funds must be used within 36 months
  • Selection criteria include:
    • Community’s jobless rate
    • Site readiness (is land zoned properly?)
    • Potential benefits of project
    • Previous efforts to accomplish project

Applications due July 10, 2009 Communities that have already been working toward or thinking of building or improving fire stations will be in the driver’s seat with this application. But the timeline is not so short as to exclude others who may benefit as well.

For questions about the grant, eligibility, or McKenna’s grant preparation services, contact your McKenna planner or John Jackson 888.226.4326 or jjackson@mcka.com.