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 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:

    • Operations and Safety - This includes five fundable activities -
      • 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.
    • Vehicle Acquisition - New, custom, or stock AFG Program-compliant Vehicles are eligible for funding
    • 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

    As of July 28, 2023, FEMA has made 766 awards totaling $144.5 million. For information regarding recipients of this award, please see:

    Additional Information

    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. 


    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 municipal fire departments and nonprofit EMS organizations. EMS organizations cannot be affiliated with a hospital. State Fire Training Academies are also welcome to apply.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by February 10, 2023. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    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:

    • 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 $3,200,000
    • Jurisdiction of more than 2,500,000 residents - Maximum award of $3,200,000

    Cost sharing requirements vary based upon population of the jurisdiction served by the recipient:

    • Jurisdiction of less than 20,000 residents - Cost sharing/matching of 5% is required.
    • Jurisdiction of 20,000 to 1,000,000 residents - Cost sharing/matching of 10% is required.
    • Jurisdiction of more than 1,000,000 residents - Cost sharing/matching of 15% is required.

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