Final Week to Apply. The FY 2013 AFG Application Period Closes on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM, EST
- FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)
- FY 2013 AFG Self Evaluation Operations and Safety
- FY 2013 AFG Get Ready Guide Application Narrative
- FY 2013 AFG Self Evaluation Vehicle Acquisition
- FY 2013 AFG Regional Workshop Presentation
- FY 2013 AFG Get Ready Guide Application Information
FY 2013 AFG Program, What’s New?
- System for Award Management (Sam.gov) registration is required of all AFG Program applicants and awardees. Please go to SAM.gov/portal/public/SAM/ and follow the FAQs and User Guides for help completing the registration process
- Micro Grants. This is a voluntary funding limitation choice, made by the applicant within the application, not an additional funding opportunity. Micro grants awards have a $25,000 federal participation (share) maximum
- New EMS Category: Community Paramedics (EMT-Ps with Primary Care certification)
- New Standard for Ambulances: Ambulances must meet NFPA 1917: Standard for Automotive Ambulances, Edition 2013.
- Vehicle Acquisition: Fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations can apply for vehicles under the component program Joint/Regional.
- State Fire Training Academies are eligible for all AFG vehicle acquisition activities.
Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Overview
Grants are awarded to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. Start learning about the three grants programs below and utilize the provided resources to help prepare and submit grant requests.
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.
The Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) provided the Department of Homeland Security with $210,000,000 to fund the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants (SCG). This one-time grant opportunity provided 120 fire departments with financial assistance to build new fire stations or modify existing stations in order to enhance response capabilities and protect the community from fire and fire-related hazards.
Model Performance in Fire Prevention Symposium Call for Papers
Vision 20/20 is seeking proposals for presentation at the third national Model Performance in Fire Prevention Symposium. Vision 20/20 is a collaborative effort to bridge the gap in fire prevention in the US. It is sponsored by the Institution of Fire Engineers (US Branch) and funded through Fire Prevention and Safety Grants by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Proposals must be submitted by December 1, 2013. Further explanation of the Vision 20/20 initiative is available at www.strategicfire.org.
Presentations may be submitted from local and state fire prevention officials, researchers or other prevention advocates. Proposed presentations can address all disciplines of fire prevention:
- Engineering (plan review programs, new technologies, etc.)
- Enforcement (adoption, administration or enforcement of fire codes)
- Education (may include multi-hazard education as long as fire is part of the program)
- Fire investigation
- Infrastructure (training, data collection and analysis, use of resources, etc.)
Examples of model programs can be found at the Model Programs section of the United States Fire Administration's Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange (www.lrc.fema.gov/exchange.) and on the Vision 20/20 website at www.strategicfire.org.
Fundamentals of Grants Management (E705)
FEMA's Grant Programs Directorate will conduct a Fundamentals of Grants Management course (E705) for grantees currently receiving FEMA funding. The course, part of the Grants Management Technical Assistance (GMTA) Program, is designed to enhance the grantees' ability to administer and manage their FEMA grant award(s).
- DATE: December 17-19, 2013
LOCATION: Emergency Management Institute (EMI), Emmitsburg, MD
THE FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2013 SAFER GRANTS APPLICATION PERIOD HAS ENDED.
- SAM.gov Webinar Now Available
- Create a new System For Award Management (SAM) user account
- Migrate permissions from the legacy CCR system into SAM; and
- Update/renew an existing registration
- Learn more
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) E-Mail Alert Archive
GRANTS INFORMATION UPDATES
AFG Funding and Application Schedule
An appropriation of $640 million has been approved for FY 2013
- $320.3 million will support Fire and EMS Operations and Safety Grants, Firefighting and Emergency Vehicle Grants and Fire Prevention and Safety Grants
- $320.3 million will support SAFER grants
Grant Closeout Updates
Grant Closeout Tutorial
- AFG award recipients are required to submit a final Closeout Report at the end of their grant period of performance. This tutorial will assist grantees with understanding and filling-out the various sections of the Closeout Report.
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Available Grantee Closeout Modules
- FY 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)
- FY 2009 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S)
- FY 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)
- FY 2010 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S)
All Other AFG and FP&S Grantees
- All other AFG and FP&S awardees should submit their grant closeout reports on schedule, that is, within 90 days of the end of the grant's period of performance.
- If you have questions or problems about closing out your grant, please contact the AFG Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or by e-mail: email@example.com.
The Help Desk is Available to Answer Your Questions
The AFG Program has Fire Program Specialists in 10 federal regional centers. These Regional Fire Program Specialists respond to questions about the AFG program and carry out grant monitoring activities. View regional contacts
Contact the AFG Program Help Desk with questions or comments by calling 1-866-274- 0960 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.