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Assistance to Firefighters Grant

This section is for fire departments and nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Service organizations, and contains information on the firefighter grant program, grant application assistance tools, previous grant awards, grant statistics and more.


The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (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 obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

AFG Program Update:

The FY 2019 AFG Open Application Period is right around the corner (Dates TBA), begin preparing now by reviewing the available guidance materials below.

FY 2019 AFG Application Guidance Materials:  

  • FY 2019 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - Coming Soon
  • 2019 AFG Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • 2019 AFG Cost Share Calculator
  • 2019 AFG Application Checklist
  • 2019 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide - Narrative
  • 2019 AFG Organization Evaluation - Vehicle Acquisition
  • 2019 AFG Organization Evaluation - Operations & Safety


AFG Application Guidance Materials

FY 2018 AFG Application Portal

AFG Award Announcements

FEMA GO Webinars

AFGP staff will host a series live webinar to educate organizations on how to manage their grant in FEMA GO. The webinars will teach attendees about the FEMA GO system, how to register, and accept a pending grant award. FEMA staff will be available to answer any questions concerning transitioning to the new system. View the webinar schedule for dates and times.

Assistance to Firefighters Grants - Turndown Webinar Schedule


The Assistance to Firefighters Program will be hosting a series of webinars for applicants who have received a turn-down notification recently.  This webinar is specifically designed for fire and non-affiliated EMS organizations whose applications were not funded for FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant.  We are hoping that by attending this webinar unsuccessful applications will be able to review their own applications and determine how they can improve in the future. 


For additional information, visit the Webinar Schedule Page.

AFG Economic Hardship Waiver Policy

The purpose of this guidance is to provide AFG,  FP&S and SAFER 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

AFG Program Videos

Although the AFG Program Office strives to make the information contained in these videos as timely and accurate as possible, the videos were not intended to be used as substitutes for reading the latest Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) or guidance documents. The AFG program office makes no promises, claims or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the contents of these videos, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of these videos.

  • AFG Vehicle Grants
    This video was produced to provide an overview of how to apply for a vehicle grant, AFG's most competitive grant activity.
    Duration: 17 minutes
  • Procurement Integrity
    This video was produced to provide an overview of proper contract procurement for grantees.
    Duration: 17 minutes
  • Getting a Grant
    This video was produced to provide an overview of how to prepare a competitive grant application.
    Duration: 22 minutes


Last Updated: 
01/16/2020 - 15:52