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Whats New for FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

The FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) contains changes to definitions, descriptions, and priority categories from FY 2020. Changes to the FY 2021 AFG Program NOFO include:

  • Under the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Activity:
    • Inclusion of pre-scoring emphasis for this Activity to ensure replacing out-of-service and non-compliant PPE is of high priority
    • The following PPE priorities and definitions have been updated:
      • Increase supply for new hire/existing firefighters that do not have one set of turnout gear (PPE) or allocated seated position (self-contained breathing apparatus [SCBA]); this includes replacing out-of- service PPE and SCBA as High Priority
      • Replace in-service/in-use/damaged/unsafe/unrepairable PPE or SCBA to meet current standard as High Priority
      • Replace in-service/in-use/expired/noncompliant PPE or SCBA to current standard as High Priority
      • Upgrade technology to current standard as Low Priority
  • Additional considerations for PPE and SCBA:
    • The applicant’s call volume has a lesser impact on scoring and therefore the final funding decision
  • Under the Equipment Activity, the following priorities and definitions have been updated:
    • Obtain equipment to achieve minimum operational and deployment standards for existing missions as High Priority
    • Replace non-compliant equipment to current standard as High Priority
    • Obtain equipment for new mission as Medium Priority
    • Upgrade technology to current standard as Low Priority
  • Under Supporting Definitions:
    • Paid on-call/stipend departments are added to the definition of Combination Fire Department
    • Firefighting personnel definition is added
  • Under Modifications to Facility Activity:
    • New first-time installation of exhaust, sprinkler, carbon monoxide and/or smoke/fire detection systems are now listed as High Priority, while replacement or update/upgrade to existing systems is considered Low Priority
  • Under Equipment Activity List:
    • Respirator decontamination system is added as Medium Priority
  • Under Additions to the Application:
    • Question about frequency of live fire training is added for statistical purposes only
    • Question about self-inflicted fatalities within the department is added for statistical purposes only
    • Question regarding quantity of equipped advanced life support response vehicles (transport and non- transport) is added
  • Under Allocations and Restrictions of Available Grant Funds by Organization Type:
    • Outlined the funding available for Micro Grants applications
  • Under Application Tips:
    • Recommendation to consider non-Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) gear purchase