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Welcome to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

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

Assistance to Firefighters Grants Breaking News

OPEN APPLICATION PERIOD ANNOUNCEMENT: The FY 2019 AFG Application Period is now open through March 13 2020 at 5:00 PM ET. Begin preparing now by reviewing the available guidance materials below.

FY 2019 AFG Application Guidance Materials:  

  • FY 2019 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - Available Now
  • 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

Application Portal Access - Apply Now


FY 2019 AFG Application Webinars

Beginning Friday January 31st at 2PM, FEMA will hold a series of live application walk-throughs to assist applicants navigate through the new FEMA GO online grant application. Live webinars will take place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays throughout the open application period. Please refer the Webinar Schedule Page for all dates and times.


Grantee Federal Financial Report (FFR) Notification Notice

For the Dec. 31, 2019 reporting, all grant recipients with an open Period of Performance in the AFG e-grants system must submit a Semi-Annual SF-425 Form Federal Financial Report (FFR) by Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Click here for additional information and instructions.


Training Announcement: E0705 Fundamentals of Grants Management

Location:  National Emergency Training Center, Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD


  • March 30  - April 1, 2020
  • June 8 - 10, 2020
  • Aug. 24 - 26, 2020

Registration Deadline: Eight weeks prior to class start date.

E705 Fundamentals of Grants Management Registration and additional information

Application Period Status Updates

FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Open Application Period - TBA

F Y 2019 SAFER Open Application Period - TBA

F Y 2019 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Open Application Period - TBA

Assistance to Firefighters Grants


The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program SealThe primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations, and State Fire Training Academies. This funding is for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

Assistance to Firefighters Grants Home Page

AFG Grant Award Announcements

AFG Grant Award Data: 2010 - 2018

AFG Application Guidance Materials

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants

The Staffing For Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants SealThe 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.

Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants Home Page

SAFER Grant Award Announcements

SAFER Application Guidance Materials

Fire Prevention & Safety Grants

The Fire Prevention and Safety Grants SealThe Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards.

Fire Prevention & Safety Grants Home Page

FP&S Grant Award Announcements

FY 2018 Fire Prevention & Safety Application Guidance Materials


Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants

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 million to fund the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants. 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 Help Desk

Contact the AFG Program Help Desk toll-free at 866-274-0960, or email us at

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

Assistance to Firefighters Grants Quick Links

Popular AFG links

Assistance to Firefighters Grants Rules and Tools

Visit the Rules and Tools page for information about:

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

Grants Information Updates

AFG Funding Levels -  FY 2019

  • $345 million will support Fire and EMS Operations and Safety Grants, Firefighting and Emergency Vehicle Grants and Fire Prevention and Safety Grants;
  • $345 million will support SAFER grants.
Last Updated: 
02/13/2020 - 08:53