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Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

Grants to USA Fire Departments and EMS
Providers to Improve the Safety of Firefighters

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US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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03/20/20 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories fire departments, nonprofit or public EMS organizations, and academies to improve the safety of firefighters. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations at least several weeks prior to the deadline. Funding is intended to support equipment purchases and training.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program is one of
three grant programs that constitute the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),
Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) focus on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The AFG Program accomplishes this by providing financial assistance directly to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critical training and equipment. The AFG Program represents one part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, the AFG Program supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience. 

In awarding grants, the Administrator of FEMA is required to consider the following:

  • The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP);
  • The degree to which an award will reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage by reducing the risks associated with fire related and other hazards;
  • The extent of an applicant’s need for an AFG grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole; and
  • The number of calls requesting or requiring a firefighting or emergency medical response received by an applicant.

The objectives of the AFG program are to provide critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience. 

AFG has three activities: 

  • Operations and Safety
  • Vehicle Acquisition
  • Regional Projects

For details on training priorities, see Appendix B:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148687

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Projected number of Awards: 2,500

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $9,000,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: Twelve months from the date of award. For additional information on period of performance extensions, refer to Section H.
Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): May 1, 2020
Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): April 30, 2021


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Fire Departments: Fire departments operating in any of the 50 states, which include any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A fire department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, territory, local, or tribal authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area.

Nonaffiliated EMS organizations: Nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 56 states including the continental United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of P u e r t o Rico; or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. 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:

-Medical centers
-Medical college or university
-Surgery centers
-Any other institution, association, or foundation providing medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and/or treatment for the sick or injured.

State Fire Training Academies: A State Fire Training Academy (SFTA) operates in any of the 50 states, which includes any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Applicants must be designated either by legislation or by a Governor’s declaration as the sole state fire service training agency within a state. The designated SFTA shall be the only State agency/bureau/division, or entity within that State, territory or the District of Columbia, to be an eligible AFG SFTA applicant.

For information on ineligible applications and/or organizations, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Beginning Friday Jan. 31, 2020 at 2 p.m., FEMA will hold a series of live application walk-throughs to assist applicants navigate through the new FEMA GO online grant application. Live webinars will take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the open application period. Please refer the Webinar Schedule below for all dates and times, additional dates will be posted on Feb. 7, 2020.

For more information and the complete schedule, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times:

- Date Posted to January 27, 2020
- Application Start Date: February 3, 2020 at 8:00 AM ET
- Application Submission Deadline: March 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET
- Anticipated Funding Selection Date: April 30, 2020
- Anticipated Award Date: April 30, 2020

Other Key Dates:

- Obtaining DUNS Number: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid EIN: Eight weeks before actual submission deadline
- Updating SAM registration: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Register Organization in FEMA GO: Prior to beginning application
- Submitting complete application in FEMA GO: One week before actual submission deadline

NOTE: If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM. It may take four weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information. Information on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM is available from at:

Recipient cost sharing is generally required as described below and pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 2229(k)(1). In general, eligible applicants shall agree to make available non-federal funds to carry out an AFG award in an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the site above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application Access Portal:

Applicants experiencing technical issues should notify the FEMA Help Desk as soon as possible. The AFG Help Desk can be reached at:


Complete the AFG EHP Screening form and submit to the EHP Office at:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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