Category/Topic
Emergency Services
State or Federal?
Federal
Summary
The 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. 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.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, State Government
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants include fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA). Applicants must operate within the 56 states.

A nonaffiliated EMS organization is an agency or organization that is a public or private nonprofit emergency medical service entity providing medical transport that is not affiliated with a hospital and does not serve a geographic area in which emergency medical services are adequately provided by a fire department.

For SFTAs, applicants must be designated either by legislation or by a Governor’s declaration as the sole state fire service training agency within a state. The designated SFTA shall be the only State agency/bureau/division, or entity within that State.

Eligible activities under AFG are: Operations and Safety; Vehicle Acquisition; and Regional Projects.

Each activity has its own eligibility requirements outlined in Appendix B: Programmatic Information and Priorities. See page 24 in the NOFO at the following link: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1513700166120-971c2a34335f2ca00ac13df4759d0286/FY2017AFGNOFO.pdf
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Feb 02, 2018
Due Date Notes
The application open period starts 12/26/2017 at 8:00 a.m. ET.
The application deadline is 2/2/2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Dec 19, 2017
Max Award
$3,450,000
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
$3,450,000
# of Awards
2500
Annual or Multi-Year?
Annual
Match Required?
Yes
Match Notes
In general, eligible applicants shall agree to make available non-federal funds to carry out an AFG award in an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded. In-kind cost share is not allowable for AFG.

Exceptions to this general requirement apply to entities serving smaller communities as follows:
- When serving a jurisdiction of 20,000 residents or fewer, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 5 percent of the grant awarded;
- When serving a jurisdiction of more than 20,000 residents, but not more than 1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 10 percent of the grant awarded;
- When serving a jurisdiction of more than 1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to provide non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded.
Funder
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$310,500,000
Competition Notes
For fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations, the total amount of funding a recipient may receive is limited to maximum amounts based on two factors: population served and a one percent aggregate amount of available grant funds.

Maximum Awards:
No more than $1 million for serving 100,000 or fewer people.
No more than $2 million for serving 100,001-500,000 people.
No more than $3 million for serving 500,001-1,000,000 people.
No more than $3,450,000 for serving 1,000,001 or more people.

There is a statutory waiver available subject to extraordinary need for recipients serving 1,000,001 people or more. With the waiver, for 1,000,001-2,500,000 people, the maximum award is $6 million; for more than 2,500,000 people, the maximum award is $9 million.

Regional applicants will be subject to the funding limitations based on the total population served by the host and participating partners
Further Information
2017 AFG Guidance materials, including the notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) can be found here: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/153366
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