The application can be found here. All required forms and supporting documentation are due at the time of submission. Applications must be signed by the requested appointed authorities.
The Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) is pleased to announce the Request for Application period for the Commonwealth of Kentucky – FY 17 Search and Rescue Aid Program. The total amount available for distribution under this grant is estimated at $80,000 statewide.
The purpose of the Rescue Aid Program is to (1) Reduce and prevent the loss of life by creating a better equipped, trained, and coordinated rescue force throughout the Commonwealth; (2) Upgrade the capabilities of local rescue squads by providing financial assistance to be used to purchase equipment and obtain training; (3) Encourage the development of rescue squads where none exist. These funds will be allocated by the Division of Emergency Management through this competitive grant process. For additional information squads should refer to the FY 17 Rescue Aid Program Guidance.
The FY 17 cycle opens on July 29, 2016. Applications are due to the applicable KYEM Area Office by the close of business on September 1, 2016.
Estimated Total Program Funding, FY 2017
•Advanced funding, up to 100% of the approved project cost.
Rescue squads within the Commonwealth of Kentucky that meet the requirements outlined in KRS 39F.120.
Key Application DatesApplication period opens:
July 29, 2016 Grant Development Webinar Posted Online:
July 29, 2016 SAR Leadership Forum / Grant Committee Meeting:
August 27, 2016 Applications due to the KYEM Area Offices:
September 1, 2016 KYEM Area Office review period:
September 1 - 30, 2016 Applications due to Frankfort:
COB September 30, 2016 SAR Grant Manager Review:
October 3 - 13, 2016 Committee Meeting to Assess Applications (Minimum / and Optional):
October 14, 2016 *Alternate Meeting Date to Assess Applications (Optional):
October 21, 2016 Award Recipients Notified of Awards/Denials
: November 4, 2016Contracting and scope of work execution:
November 4th, 2016 - April 30th, 2017
*dates are subject to change.
Rescue Squads must meet the following criteria in order to qualify and submit an application:
- Comply with KRS 39F.120 (1-13)
- Submit quarterly reports to KYEM within required time frame
- Shall have written bylaws and SOP’s. A current copy of the bylaws and SOP’s must be filed with the Regional Office of each squad.
- Have a vehicle dedicated solely to rescue service (unless waived by statute). The make, model, year, VIN, and license number shall be supplied to the Local EM Director and KYEM Area Office.
- Have a minimum of twelve (12) persons identified by name as active members of the rescue squad (these members are separate from fire service members for squads operating in conjunction with a fire division). Rescue squad members cannot be counted for more than one squad.
- Conduct a formal training program that consists of not less than two (2) hours of formal rescue training per month and one hundred sixty-eight (168) man-hours of training for members annually.
- Be formally affiliated with the local disaster and emergency services organization as described by KRS 39F.120 (9).
- Shall maintain a full complement of required minimum equipment appropriate to the type of rescue to be undertaken as stated in their mission statement.
Kentucky Revised Statute: Chapter 39F Search and Rescuehttp://www.lrc.ky.gov/KRS/039F00/CHAPTER.HTM
Kentucky Administrative Regulations: Title 106http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/TITLE106.HTM
Terms and Conditions
1. Funds awarded for the FY 17 KYEM Search and Rescue Aid Program will be advanced to the grantee. The rescue squad shall order or purchase with state grant funds only approved equipment, services, or training, and no other, within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of the grant funds and shall provide a copy of all paid invoices as well as proof of payment, (cancelled check, cash paid receipt, or similar document), within ninety (90) days of the receipt of the grant funds. Reference KRS 39F.140 (1)
2. Within (30) thirty calendar days of award notification, the county must submit a duly executed Master Agreement (PON2) and acceptance of Terms and Conditions provided by KYEM to the Area Manager. The agreement will be between the state (1st party) and the county (2nd party); therefore only a person with signature authority for the applicable county may sign the Master Agreement.
3. Work cannot begin until the Master Agreement has been executed and received by KYEM. The squad’s senior official and the county fiscal representative will be notified by the KYEM Administrative Branch.
4. Purchases will be made according to the funding amount, item description, and quantity listed on the Rescue Aid Program award letter. Any purchases made outside of the scope are subject to repayment of funds.
5. No later than April 30, 2017 the grantee shall submit to their KYEM Area Manager:
- A completed KYEM 160 Form
- A copy of the invoice(s) for the approved items for purchase under the grant award.
- A copy of the cancelled check, cashier’s check, or other proof of payment of the submitted invoices. A cancelled check is said to be canceled once it has been processed by a financial institution and all accounts have been credited. Once a check has been cancelled, it is typically stamped by a bank, marking the check as being cleared. If cancelled checks are not available a printed bank statement or ledger demonstrating the funds as “cleared” is acceptable.
- Any funds not encumbered or expended during the grant period shall be returned to the Division with the expenditure documentation, unless authorized in writing by the Director to make additional purchases with encumbered funds. Reference 39F.140 (1)
- Any grantee who fails to meet this requirement will be considered out of compliance and are subject repayment of the funds.
6. KYEM reserves the right to request additional information to ensure state allowable cost and auditing compliance.
7. The Area Manager will retain a copy of the documents for use during the site visit and shall submit the original documents to the KYEM Administrative Branch.
8. The County (grantee) agrees to:
Assure that the purchases are made in accordance with County purchasing policies and or county code;
Assure appropriate purchases are made and documentation (Purchase Orders, Invoices, Cancelled Checks) is maintained for all purchases;
Assure timely payment for purchases are made and provide documentation of the payment to the Rescue Squad for submission to the Area Manager or facilitate the transfer of the grant funds awarded to the Rescue Squad so that payment may be made by the rescue squad.
Assure no personal checks or personal credit card purchases are made.
9. The grantee shall notify the Area Manager when all of the equipment has been received by the rescue squad and make the equipment available for inspection on a date proposed by the Area Manager.
10. Upon notification by the grantee that all of the equipment has been received, the Area Manager within thirty (30) calendar days will:
- Conduct a site visit with the rescue squad;
- Verify that the equipment for which the rescue squad was invoiced is in fact what was ordered and is physically in the possession of the rescue squad;
- Attach property tags to equipment requiring such;
- Take a photograph of the equipment and a photograph showing the property tag attached to the equipment;
- Complete an equipment inventory record; and
- Submit such to the State Search and Rescue Coordinator.
11. The rescue squad shall be responsible for maintaining possession of all equipment purchased pursuant to the requirements outlined in KRS 39F.140.
Equipment will be made available for inspection upon request until such time ownership is transferred to the rescue squad.
Equipment purchased in part or in whole with rescue squad grant funds will be surrendered to Kentucky Emergency Management on request if not being properly used or maintained.
12. At any point in time during the FY 2017 grant cycle if the grantee ceases to meet the requirements in KRS 39F.120 the grantee will withdraw their request for funding or grant award.
13. A member of the search and rescue squad command and a representative from the county agree to participate in an award briefing.