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Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S)

Grants to USA Fire Departments for Equipment and
Supplies to Address the Coronavirus Crisis

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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11/13/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA and territories fire departments for equipment and supplies needed to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Grant funds may be used for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – COVID-19 Supplemental Round 2 (AFG-S 2) is a supplemental funding opportunity under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). AFG 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.

    This NOFO allows eligible applicants to apply for critical Personal Protective Equipment and supplies needed to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The AFG-S 2 Program represents 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-S 2 Program supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience. In awarding grants, the Administrator of FEMA is required to consider:

    • The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel;
    • The extent of an applicant’s need for an AFG-S 2 grant and the need to protect America as a whole; and
    • The number of calls requesting or requiring a firefighting or emergency medical response received by an applicant.

    AFG-S 2 has three activities:

    • Operations and Safety – PPE;
    • Regional Projects; and
    • Micro Grants.

    Each activity has its own eligibility requirements. These requirements are outlined in Appendix A: Programmatic Information and Priorities at

    For Funding Priorities, see

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 189503

    Estimated Total Program Funding:


    Number of Grants:


    Estimated Size of Grant:

    Award Ceiling: $9,000,000
    Award Floor: $0

    See page 10 of the NOFO document for a table of maximum award amounts according to the population of the jurisdiction.

    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): Jan. 15, 2021
    Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): Jan. 14, 2022

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    Eligible Applicants
    - Volunteer Fire Departments
    - Combination Fire Departments

    Applicant Eligibility Criteria
    Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments: Volunteer and Combination 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.

    Combination Fire Department, as defined in 15 U.S.C. § 2229, means a fire department that has paid firefighting personnel and volunteer firefighting personnel. Departments that pay fees or stipends to firefighting personnel for each event to which they respond (paid on call) are also considered under this category.

    Volunteer Fire Department, as defined in 15 U.S.C. § 2229, means a fire department that has an all-volunteer force of firefighting personnel.

    Due to a lack of qualifying applications in the initial application cycle, the AFG-S will have a second application round for volunteer and combination fire departments only; NAEMS and SFTAs are not eligible to apply under AFG-S round 2

    For ineligible applications and/or organizations, see

    No AFG-S 2 funds may be used to support hiring (part-time or full-time), salaries, benefits, or fringe benefits (including but not limited to contributions for social security, insurance, workman’s compensation, pension, or retirement
    plans) for any personnel.

    Ineligible Items
    - Thermometers
    - Narcotics and medications
    - N95 Fit Tester
    - Separation barriers or flexi glass
    - COVID-19 Testing Kits
    - Pulse Oximeters

    Pre-proposal Conference:

    - AFG-S Turndown Webinar: Tuesday 10/20/2020 1 p.m. Eastern Time - Join at
    - AFG-S Turndown Webinar: Thursday 10/22/2020 3 p.m. Eastern Time - Join at
    - AFG-S Application Walkthrough: Tuesday 10/27/2020 1 p.m. Eastern Time - Join at
    - AFG-S Application Walkthrough: Thursday 10/29/2020 3. p.m. Eastern Time - Join at

    For more information, see

    Pre-Application Information:

    FY 2020 Application Period: Open until November 13, 2020, 5 P.M. (EST)

    Key Dates and Times
    - Application Start Date: Oct. 6, 2020 at 8 a.m. ET
    - Application Submission Deadline: Nov. 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET
    - Anticipated Funding Selection Date: Jan. 15, 2021
    - Anticipated Award Date: Jan. 15, 2021

    Other Key Dates
    - 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: Detailed information regarding DUNS
    and SAM is also provided in Section D – Application and Submission Information of the NOFO, subsection, Content and Form of Application Submission. See Supporting Documents below. An active registration is required in order to apply for funding.

    Cost Share or Match: In general, eligible applicants shall agree to make available non-federal funds to carry out an AFG-S 2 award in an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded. Exceptions to this general requirement apply to entities serving smaller communities as follows:
    - When serving a jurisdiction of 20,000 residents or fewer, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 5 percent of the grant awarded; and/or
    - When serving a jurisdiction of more than 20,000 residents, but not more than 1 million residents, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 10 percent of the grant awarded.
    FEMA has developed a cost share calculator tool in order to assist applicants with determining their cost share. The cost share tool is available at: For information about types of cost share, see

    FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) guidance documents:

    FEMA GO Guides:

    Rules and Tools:

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

    Contact Information:

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

    DHS makes all funding opportunities available on the internet, accessible at If applicants experience difficulties accessing information or have any questions, please call the Contact Center at (800) 518-4726.

    The website will direct applicants to FEMA GO, at, which contains the online AFG-S 2 application. The online AFG-S 2 application incorporates all required forms.

    Contact the AFG Program Help Desk toll-free at 866-274-0960, or send an email to

    Fire Program Specialists in FEMA’s regions respond to questions about the program and conduct grant monitoring activities. View regional contacts at

    For technical assistance with FEMA GO, please contact the Enterprise Service Desk at (877) 611-4700. Regular hours of operation are also from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday

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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

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