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This section provides quick access to popular links on the AFG website and is intended for fire departments and nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Service organizations (EMS).

Frequently Asked Questions

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants

System for Award Management (SAM) Registration is Required to Apply or Receive a Grant Award

  • Applicants that have not completed the SAM registration process, or have not completed the required annual renewal and revalidation of data, will not be able to draw grant funds. Please click here to complete the SAM registration as soon as possible. For questions about SAM, contact your State Assigned Grants Management Specialists
  • As part of the registration process, every eligible grantee must have their account validated through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and have their CAGE (Commercial and Government Entity) code validated in order to be eligible for award. These validations are part of the registration process after the organization has submitted their registration. A valid registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award.
  • is administered through the Government Services Administration (GSA). Technical assistance may be obtained through the Federal Service Desk at 866-606-8220.

Environmental Historic Preservation

Environmental Historic Preservation (EHP) Screening Form

  • This form is designed to initiate and facilitate the environmental and historic preservation (EHP) compliance review for your FEMA preparedness grant-funded project(s). FEMA conducts its EHP compliance reviews in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other EHP-related laws and executive orders. Learn more
  • There is no need to complete and submit this form if the grant scope is limited to planning, management and administration, classroom-based training, tabletop exercises and functional exercises or purchase of mobile and portable equipment where no installation is needed.
  • Information Bulletin 345, Grant Programs Directorate Programmatic Environmental Assessment, September 1, 2010, provides details on these activities. For more information, visit the Grant Programs Directorate Information Bulletins.

Grants Management Assistance

As of January 9, 2019, FEMA’s Lockbox address has changed. Recipients who wish to pay by check, please mail payments, along with relevant documents, to the new lockbox locations below. Checks must not be mailed to offices or other locations.

For payments sent by regular mail, the address is:
P.O. Box 6200-16
Portland, OR 97228-6200

For payments sent via courier (e.g. UPS, DHL, and FedEx), the address is:
U.S. Bank
Attn: Government Lockbox – FEMA Finance Center #6200-16
17650 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97230

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Last Updated: 
02/19/2020 - 15:37