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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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02/12/21 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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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 well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to support equipment purchases and training.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 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’s) 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 (SFTAs) 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 FEMA Administrator 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 Program 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. 

The AFG Program has three activities: 

  • Operations and Safety
  • Vehicle Acquisition
  • Regional Projects

Funding Priorities:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148687

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Projected number of Awards: 2,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: Twenty-four months from the date of award.
Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): May 1, 2021
Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): April 30, 2023


  • 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, as well as fire departments in 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, local, tribal, or territorial 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.

b. Nonaffiliated EMS organizations: Nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,2 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:
- Clinics
- Medical centers
- Medical college or university
- Infirmary
- 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 SFTA operates in any of the 50 states, as well as 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 fire service training agency within a state, territory, or the District of Columbia. The designated SFTA shall be the only agency, bureau, division, or entity within that state, territory, or the District of Columbia, to be an eligible SFTA applicant under the AFG Program.

Funding Restrictions:

Ineligible Applications and/or Organizations:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at 1 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 and Thursday throughout the open application period. Please refer to the Webinar Schedule below for all dates and times.

For more information and the complete schedule, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times:
- Date Posted to December 29, 2020
- Application Start Date: January 04, 2021 at 8 AM ET
- Application Submission Deadline: February 12, 2021 at 5 PM ET
- Anticipated Funding Selection Date: April 30, 2021

Other Key Dates:
- Obtaining DUNS Number: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN): Eight weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering in or Updating SAM registration: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering Organization in FEMA Grants Outcomes (FEMA GO) System: 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.

Recipient cost sharing is generally required 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 Program award in an amount equal to and not less
than 15 percent of the grant awarded.

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

Application Access Portal:

If applicants experience technical issues, they must notify the FEMA GO Helpdesk as soon as possible. The FEMA GO Helpdesk can be reached at (877) 585-3242 or by e-mail at The FEMA GO Helpdesk is open Monday through Friday, 8: a.m. – 6 p.m. ET.

The AFG Help Desk can be contacted at (866) 274-0960 or by email 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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