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AFG Assistance to Firefighters Grants

Grant Details:
Amount: $310.5 million available
Open Date for Application: 10/11/2016
Application Due Date: 11/18/2016



Purpose: Protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and all other hazards.


The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) provides financial assistance directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations and State Fire Training Academies to enhance response capabilities to fire and fire-related hazards. The primary goal is to provide organizations with training and equipment to meet firefighting and related response needs. AFG supports organizations that lack the tools and resources necessary to effectively protect the public and emergency personnel during fire-related incidents.

While needs may be local, projects funded by the AFG program should enhance regional and national response capabilities. Successful requests will enhance personell safety, foster interoperability, improve operational efficiency and support community resiliency.

Eligible Applicants

  • Fire departments
  • Nonaffiliated EMS organizations
  • State Fire Training Academies

Funding Priorities:

AFG funding priorities are determined based on the type of organization requesting funds. Please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) document with this in mind and make sure that you are referencing the appropriate sections for your organization type.

1. Fire Department Priorities

  • Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety*
    • Training
    • Equipment
      • Basic firefighting and response equipment
      • Communications
      • EMS/Rescue equipment
      • Extrication equipment
    • PPE & SCBA
    • Wellness and Fitness initiatives for personnel
    • Safety modifications to stations and facilities
  • Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition

2. Nonaffiliated EMS Organization Priorities

  • EMS Operations and Safety*
    • EMS Training
    • EMS Equipment
    • EMS PPE
    • Wellness and Fitness initiatives for personnel
    • Safety modifications to stations and facilities
  • EMS Vehicle Acquisition

3. State Fire Training Academies Priorities

  • Operations & Safety
    • Training
    • Equipment
    • PPE & SCBA
  • Vehicles

*Under the Fire Department and Nonaffiliated EMS applications, special consideration will be given to Operations & Safety applications requesting less than $25,000 federal share. These are considered Microgrant requests and are focused on essential training, equipment and PPE needs.

Cost Sharing:

Cost sharing requirements under the FY2016 AFG Program breakdown as:

  • Fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations serving populations of over 1M = 15% of the total project cost.
  • Fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations serving populations between 20,000 and 1M = 10% percent of the total project cost.
  • Fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations serving areas with a population of 20,000 or fewer = 5% of the total project cost.

Important AFG Application Assistance Tools:

AFG Application System

FY 2016 Notice of Funding Opportunity  (NOFO) – Available Now

FY 2016 AFG Grant Application Get Ready Guide

FY 2016 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide

FY 2016 AFG Self-Evaluation - Operations and Safety

FY 2016 AFG Self-Evaluation - Vehicle Acquisition

FY 2016 AFG Application Checklist

FY 2016 AFG Cost Share Calculator

Organization Information:
Organization: U.S. Department of Homeland Security - FEMA Grant Programs Directorate
Website: http://www.fema.gov/grant-programs-directorate

Contact Information:
Contact Email: firegrants@dhs.gov
Contact Phone: 1-866-274-0960

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