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.

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Assistance to Firefighters Grants

AFG

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.

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Staffing For Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)

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.

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Fire Prevention & Safety Grants

FP&S

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.

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Assistance to Firefighters Station Construction Grants (SCG)

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 RULES And TOOLS

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.

 

GRANTS INFORMATION UPDATES

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

FY 2013 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Funding
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


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Last Updated: 
08/20/2014 - 12:09
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