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Pre-AFG application submission planning

Here are 5 things you need to do before you submit your application

By Sarah Wilson

As you get ready to submit your application for Vehicles, Operations & Safety, and Regional Projects, there are several items you can prepare ahead of time to ensure your department’s success.

The AFG Grant Application Process can be intimidating, but our FireGrantsHelp team hopes to give you and your department not only encouragement, but also the proper guidance and resources to keep the Grant Application Process positive and — most importantly — rewarding.

5 things you need to do before you submit your application
1. Read the entire Solicitation: Download the available PDF for reference.

2. Register with the Online Application System: Applications under the FY 2010 AFG will be accessible at Please note that the application can be saved and retrieved as many times as needed to complete it, up to the application deadline or the submittal of the application.

3. NIMS Compliance: Each active member of your department is strongly encouraged to take or have taken the NIMS 700 basic course by May 28. The course, “National Incident Management System, An Introduction — IS 700" is offered free of charge online through the Emergency Management Institute at

4. DUNS: The Duns Universal Numbering System allows the government to track where federal money is being distributed and how it’s being utilized. It can take 24 to 48 hours to get a DUNS number. If you need one, call 866-705-5711 or apply online at

5. Take the Online Tutorial: This not only takes you through program guidance, but it also goes over the entire application for 2009, step by step

Sarah Wilson is the Vice President of the Grant Division at Lexipol. She has been with the company since 2007 and started the Grant services division in 2009. The mission of Lexipol is to use content and technology to create safer communities and empower the men, women and organizations that serve them. Sarah’s team is responsible for generating nearly $500M in funding and currently servicing a network of 60k departments and municipalities for grant help as well as supporting 60 corporate sponsors. Prior to Lexipol, Sarah held various marketing and organizational management positions within financial services. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis. A west coaster her entire life, Sarah was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, raised in Southern California and currently calls Sonoma County home.