State or Federal?
The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The program provides direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA). The funds provide critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards,
enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

The FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program is set against the backdrop of a year in which the United States faced numerous and unprecedented homeland security challenges. These included the three major hurricanes that devastated parts of Texas, Florida, and much of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands, as well as massive wildfires across the State of California. In addition to these natural disasters, the Nation also responded to multiple incidents as part of the evolving threat landscape, including witnessing the first known terrorist attack executed against mass transportation on our soil; cyberattacks against critical port infrastructure; and mass casualty events involving both vehicles and active shooters.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are: fire departments, state fire training academies, non-affiliated emergency medical services.

AFG has three program activities: Operations and Safety, Vehicle Acquisition, and Regional Projects. Each activity has its own eligibility requirements.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Oct 26, 2018
Due Date Notes
Applications due 10/26/2018 by 5:00pm EST.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Sep 19, 2018
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
# of Awards
Match Required?
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 not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded. Exceptions to this general requirement apply to entities serving smaller communities.
Department of Homeland Security - FEMA
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Additional Notes
Maximum funding for recipients is determined by the population of the jurisdiction served by the recipient.

100,000 of fewer people: No more than $1 million
100,001 - 500,000 people: No more than $2 million
500,001 - 1,000,000 people: No more than $3 million
1,00,001 - 2,500,000 people: No more than $3.5 million, no more than $6 million with a statutory waiver subject to extraordinary need
More than 2,500,000 people: No more than $3.5 million, no more than $9 million with a statutory waiver subject to extraordinary need
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