Welcome to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

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This page contains links to the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) grant programs: Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Fire Prevention & Safety (FP &S), and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). The intended audiences are AFG stakeholders, which include but are not limited to award recipients and the communities they serve.

AFG Breaking News

The FY 2014 ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANTS (AFG) Award Announcements Are Underway

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. For additional information, please visit our SAM.gov resource page

Upcoming Events

June 2015

  • E705 Fundamentals of Grants Management  
    June 29-July 1, 2015 & October 6-8, 2015
    Application Deadlines: May 22 & September 4, 2015
    Emergency Management Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD
    FEMA's Grant Programs Directorate will conduct the Fundamentals of Grants Management course for recipients currently receiving FEMA federal financial assistance. 
    View training announcement 

AFG Help Desk

Contact the AFG Program Help Desk toll-free at 866-274-0960, or email us at firegrants@dhs.gov.

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



The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program SealAssistance to Firefighters Grants

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 & Emergency Response Grants SealStaffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)

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 and Safety Grants SealFire Prevention & Safety Grants

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 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants SealAssistance to Firefighters Station Construction Grants (SCG)

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.

AFG Quick Links

Popular AFG links


Visit the Rules and Tools page for information about:

  • Application Assistance
  • Grants Management Assistance
  • Alternative Grant Funding Sources
  • Environmental Historic Preservation

AFG Economic Hardship Waiver Policy

The purpose of this guidance is to provide AFG and FP&S grantees with guidance on requesting a waiver or reduction of their non-federal funds cost share requirement, maintenance of effort requirement, or both, in cases of demonstrated economic hardship (an "Economic Hardship Waiver").  This guidance provides the minimum requirements for eligibility to request an Economic Hardship Waiver and the process and mechanism for requesting an Economic Hardship Waiver.

Please contact the AFG Program Help Desk with questions or comments by calling 1-866-274-0960 or email at firegrants@dhs.gov.



AFG Funding and Application Schedule

FY 2014 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Funding
An appropriation of $680 million has been approved for FY 2014

  • $340 million will support Fire and EMS Operations and Safety Grants, Firefighting and Emergency Vehicle Grants and Fire Prevention and Safety Grants
  • $340 million will support SAFER grants
Last Updated: 
05/27/2015 - 10:23
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