Rapid Response: What’s the story with the AFG turndown letters?

2017 AFG applicants get an unwelcome surprise from FEMA


A number of 2017 AFG applicants got an unexpected surprise in their email yesterday. No, it wasn’t an award notice, it was a turndown letter from FEMA for the 2017 application.

What happened: Unfortunately, even though the letters were dated incorrectly, the letter is legitimate. FEMA uses a contractor to generate and disseminate these notices, and they released them without letting FEMA know that they were doing so.

Why it’s significant: A number of people wondered if this was a computer error or some type of mistake, because the letter was dated for this coming Friday. Never in the past has FEMA issued a turndown notice before awards had been announced.

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