The purpose of the AFG Program is to provide critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.
There are three types of eligible applications:
As of September 28, 2022, FEMA has made 2,012 awards totaling $720.7 million. For information regarding recipients of this award, please see: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/assistance-grants
A nonaffiliated EMS organization is an agency or organization that is a public or private nonprofit emergency medical service entity providing medical transport that is not affiliated with a hospital and does not serve a geographic area in which emergency medical services are adequately provided by a fire department. FEMA considers the following as hospitals under the AFG Program: Clinics; Medical centers; Medical college or university; Infirmary; Surgery centers; and any other institution, association, or foundation providing medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and/or treatment for the sick or injured.
Eligible applicants include municipal fire departments and nonprofit EMS organizations. EMS organizations cannot be affiliated with a hospital. State Fire Training Academies are also welcome to apply.
Applications are to be submitted by February 10, 2023. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.
Up to $324,000,000 is available to fund up to 2,000 awards. Awards will extend for 24 months. Maximum award amounts vary based upon population of the jurisdiction served by the recipient:
Cost sharing requirements vary based upon population of the jurisdiction served by the recipient: