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Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


    The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, non-affiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

    The AFG Program supports the basic mission of Strengthening National Preparedness and Resilience. The AFG Program also addresses the following Core Capabilities of the National Preparedness Goal:
    • Fire Management and Suppression;
    • Environmental Response/Health and Safety;
    • Threats and Hazards Identification;
    • Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services;
    • Operational Coordination;
    • Operational Communications;
    • Community Resilience; and
    • Long-term Vulnerability Reduction
    There are three types of eligible applications:
    1. Operations and Safety - The five fundable activities included in this program are: (a) firefighter training, (b) firefighter equipment, (c) firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE), (d) firefighter wellness and fitness, (e) modifications to fire stations and facilities.
    2. Vehicle Acquisition - New, custom, or stock AFG Program-compliant Vehicles are eligible for funding
    3. Regional Projects - Any eligible entity may act as a host applicant and apply for large-scale projects on behalf of itself and any number of other local AFG eligible organizations that will be participating partners in the award. Joint/Regional projects should achieve greater cost effectiveness and regional efficiency and resilience.

    History of Funding

    For information regarding previous recipients of this award, please see:

    Additional Information

    Details of funding activities are as follow:
    • Training: Requested activities should meet or exceed any national, state, and/or DHS recognized consensus standards (i.e. NFPA, ANSI, OSHA, etc.). If a training request does not meet DHS-recognized consensus standards, applicants must submit an explanation of the reasons their proposed training will serve the needs of the applicant better than training that meets or exceeds those standards. FEMA has determined the most benefit is derived from hands-on, instructor-led training that leads to a national or state certification.
    • Equipment: Requested equipment should enhance the safety and/or effectiveness of firefighting, rescue, and/or the enhancement of emergency medical services provided by EMS, and/or non-affiliated EMS organizations. Equipment requested shall meet or exceed any voluntary national, state, and/or DHS-recognized consensus standards.
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): PPE is defined as those compliant items worn by firefighter/EMS personnel to protect them. PPE requested shall meet or exceed any voluntary national, state, and/or DHS-recognized consensus standards. PPE does not include uniforms or station-wear
    • Wellness and Fitness: Requested activities should assist First Responders, so their mental, physical, and emotional capabilities are resilient enough to withstand the demands of emergency services response.
    • Modifications to Facilities: Requested activities may only retrofit existing structures built prior to 2003 that do not already have those safety features in place that are listed as eligible activities.


    Fire Grant Program Technical Assistance Center

    Fire Grant Program Technical Assistance Center
    DHS/FEMA/Grant Programs Directorate
    800 K Street NW
    Washington, DC 20472
    (866) 274-0960

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include:
    • Fire departments and non-affiliated EMS organizations operating in:
      • Any of the 50 States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories
      • Any federally recognized Indian tribe or authorized tribal organization
      • Any Alaskan native village, Alaska Regional Native Corporation, or the Alaska Village Initiatives
    • Any State Fire Training Academy operating in any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories
    The following applicant types are ineligible to apply under this program:
    • Fire departments that are federal, or contracted by the Federal Government, and are solely responsible under a formally recognized agreement for suppression of fires on federal land
    • Fire stations that are not independent entities, but are part of, or under the day-to-day operational direction of a larger fire department or agency
    • Fire departments that are for-profit departments (i.e., do not have specific nonprofit status or are not municipally based)
    • Auxiliaries, fire service organizations or associations fire marshals and hospitals
    • Dive teams and search and rescue teams, or any similar organizations that do not provide medical transport

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by February 2, 2018. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $310,500,000 is available to fund up to 2500 awards. Awards will last for 12 months. Maximum award amounts vary based upon population of the jurisdiction served by the recipient.  
    • Jurisdiction of less than 100,000 residents - Maximum award of $1,000,000
    • Jurisdiction of 100,001 to 500,000 residents - Maximum award of $2,000,000
    • Jurisdiction of 500,001 to 1,000,000 residents - Maximum award of $3,000,000
    • Jurisdiction of 1,000,001 to 2,500,000 residents - Maximum award of $3,450,000.
    • Jurisdiction of more than 2,500,000 residents - Maximum award of $3,450,000
    No recipient may receive more than $3,400,000. FEMA may waive this aggregate cap of $3,400,000 in jurisdictions with more than 1,000,000 residents where FEMA determines that a recipient has an extraordinary need for a grant that exceeds the aggregate cap. Cost sharing requirements vary based upon population of the jurisdiction served by the recipient.  
    • Jurisdiction of less than 20,000 residents - Applicant must provide non-federal funds equal to and not less than 5% of the grant awarded.
    • Jurisdiction of 20,000 to 1,000,000 residents - Applicant must provide non-federal funds equal to and not less than 10% of the grant awarded.
    • Jurisdiction of more than 1,000,000 residents - Applicant must provide non-federal funds equal to and not less than 15% of the grant awarded.


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