Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

Posted: November 2, 2021

Deadline: January 21, 2022

Grantor: Department of Homeland Security - FEMA

Additional Information

Mark your calendars: applications open Monday, November 8, 2021 at 8:00am EST

The AFG Program is one of three grant programs that constitute the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) focus on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

The AFG Program provides financial assistance directly to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTAs) for critical training and equipment. The AFG Program has awarded approximately $7.7 billion in grant funding to provide critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

Three types of eligible activities:

  • Operations and Safety
  • Vehicle Acquisition
  • Regional Projects

Start planning your FY 2021 AFG grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on the AFG website. For applicants interested in learning how to apply for funding under the AFG program, sign up for a workshop:

NOTE: If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), or your SAM registration is not active, please take immediate action to obtain an EIN and DUNS Number, if applicable, and then register immediately in SAM or, if applicable, renew your SAM registration. It may take four weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM.


If you have questions about the NOFO, call or email the Fire Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is The Fire Grants Help Desk is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET.  

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