AFBEA established an annual grant in 1998 for the amount of $500 to honor the memory of Ken Fovargue, former firefighter in Bullhead City, Arizona. Ken, a member of the Bullhead City Fire Department from 1984 until 1995, was an active participant in the development of the AFBEA Characterization Conference for many years. He developed a character named “Frogman” to teach water safety. After retirement, he helped develop a clown ministry troupe for Hope Methodist Church. His dedication and inspiration to educational characterization was just one example of how he lived. Ken died in June 1997 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
This grant is for the specific purpose of purchasing fire and life safety equipment or educational materials for community-wide distribution by a fire department of 100 employees or less. It is intended to aid in the development of materials for a new program/event or to supplement an ongoing program/event. Applicant must have been an AFBEA member for a minimum of 6 months. The Fire Chief of the Fire Department applying for the grant must approve of and sign the grant application. (This is a one application per fire department per year and all funds must be dispersed within 12 months of receipt).
A Ken Fovargue Grant Application form needs to be filled out and submitted online, with a projected budget of your program/event. Deadline for receiving completed applications is March 31 of each year. The committee will consider all applications meeting the criteria outlined. The decision of the committee is final. All applicants will be notified of the decision either by mail, fax, or email.
Ken Fovargue Grant Committee
P O Box 7227
Goodyear, Arizona 85338
Evaluation of the program/event will be provided to AFBEA at the completion of the program/event or at the end of twelve-month period.
Submit Application here.