Application Period for FY2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Opens Nov. 4

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

Opens Mon., Nov. 4, 2013, 8 a.m. EST. Closes Dec. 6, 2013, 5 p.m. EST

Start planning your FY 2013 AFG Grant application now!

FEMA recommends that you start your application today by reviewing the Application Assistance Tools located on the AFG website. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2013 applications ahead of the application period. The tools can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

System for Award Management (SAM) registration is required to submit your application. Please follow the guidance below and maintain your organizations eligibility to receive grant awards. registration may take up to two weeks to complete.

FY2013 AFG Application Period

The AFG Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about any of the FY2013 AFG Application Assistance Materials below, call or e-mail the AFG Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is [email protected]. Hours of operation Monday- Friday 8:00 am until 4:30 pm eastern time. The help desk will be open on Friday December 6th until 5:00 pm eastern time.

FY2013 Application Assistance Tools Registration Required to Submit Your FY2013 AFG Application

Starting with the upcoming FY2013 AFG application period, a valid registration in the System for Award Management (SAM), formerly the Central Contractor Registry, or CCR, will be required in order to submit an AFG application.

Federal law now requires that applicants to Federal grant programs have a valid registration within at the time of registration. Applicants will be asked to affirm that they have a current registration prior to submitting their application.

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 conducted as 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. A valid registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award.

If your department has not yet registered within, you are encouraged to do so. is administered through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Technical assistance may be obtained through the Federal Service Desk at 866-606-8220. Please be advised that during peak activity periods, it may take more than 2 weeks to complete the registration process.

FY2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Workshops Schedule

FEMA is providing ongoing technical assistance to help organizations prepare for the upcoming FY 2013 application period schedule to run later this fall. Workshops are designed to provide valuable information and insights to potential applicants understand the FY 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and its funding priorities.

Workshops will be delivered by 2 methods:

  • Live Presentations
  • Conference Call with Webinar

View Schedule by FEMA Region

The schedule is dynamic and workshops will be added, repeated and varied in day and time to allow for the widest possible participation and anticipated demand. The online schedule is updated frequently, so check back often, or contact your local FEMA Regional Fire Program Specialists for the current schedule in your area.

$875,001 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 46 AFG 2012

Oct. 25, 2013 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the forty-sixth award round for the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

FEMA awarded 3 Operations and Safety Fire grants, totaling $875,001, to departments and organizations around the country:

  • South Plattsburgh Fire District, Plattsburgh, NY, Operations and Safety (Equipment and Personal Protective Equipment, PPE), $70,590
  • Apollo Hose Company #2, Apollo, PA, Operations and Safety (Personal Protective Equipment, PPE), $88,084
  • City of Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale, CA, Operations and Safety (Equipment), $716,327

To-date 2,490 fire grants totaling $282,658,177 have been awarded, with 2,389 awards for $251,745,378 for Operations and Safety Grants, and 101 awards for $30,912,799 for Vehicle Acquisition Grants. The average award size has been $105,376 for Operations and Safety, and $306,067 for Vehicle Acquisition. The total appropriation for FY2012 AFG is $285,625,000, with $214,218,750 allocated for Operations and Safety Grants, and $71,406,250 allocated for Vehicle Acquisition Grants. Thanks to user onebugle at the Forums for compiling these statistics.

See the full AFG award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!

NIMS Alert 08-13: FEMA Releases the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Intelligence/ Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management AgencyThe NIMS Intelligence/Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide provides guidance on utilizing and integrating the Intelligence/Investigations Function while adhering to the concepts and principles of the NIMS doctrine. The document includes information and tools intended for the Incident Command System practitioner that will assist in the decision-making process regarding the placement and implementation of the Intelligence/Investigations Function within the command structure. This document can be used by jurisdictions and agencies for planned events, incidents, and the development of emergency planning efforts. This guidance does not replace emergency operations plans, laws, regulations, or ordinances.

The NIMS Intelligence/Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide has involved stakeholder input from 34 agencies across multiple communities of practice to include the three fields most affected by the implementation of the function: law enforcement, medical, and the fire service. The Intelligence/Investigations Function has aspects that cross disciplines, including traditional law enforcement, epidemiological investigations, regulatory investigations, and medical examiner/coroner investigations, as well as those conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board or other investigatory agencies.

The NIMS Intelligence/Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide can be found at the following website:

This guidance aligns with the NIMS to provide a common and standard understanding about the tools and resources needed to sustain, build, and deliver the core capabilities necessary to achieve a secure and resilient nation. For more information on the NIMS and its implementation, visit FEMA’s NIMS website.

Questions can be submitted to the National Integration Center through e-mail at: [email protected] or by telephone: (202) 646-3850.

This effort is part of the National Preparedness System, a process that organizes the tools and resources needed to promote unity of effort and achieve the National Preparedness Goal. For more information on national preparedness efforts, visit FEMA’s National Preparedness website.

Government Shutdown Has Ended. AFG Offices Are Now Open

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)A Notice from AFG FEMA:

Late Wednesday night, President Obama signed into law the enactment of a continuing resolution which provides funding for the Federal government to resume normal operations.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is open and is working to resume normal operations. We fully understand that this has been a difficult and challenging time for many and are happy to be back at work and diligently serving the needs our grantees.

One of our first priorities will be to review and process pending amendment and payment requests so that grantees may be continue with the successful completion of their awards. Starting on October 21, we anticipate having additional help desk staff on duty to assist with processing these requests and to providing additional assistance to those who need it.

If you have a pending payment or amendment request, please know that this is one of our top priorities and we will get them processed as quickly as possible. Please note, however, that it will take some time to review and process all pending requests, so we kindly ask for your continued patience as we work through the backlog.

FY2013 AFG Application Period

The recent government shutdown has had an impact on the timing of the upcoming AFG application period. The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is nearly ready and will be published soon, with the application period to follow soon thereafter.

Please watch closely for further updates to the application schedule as it is our intent to run the application period as soon as legally possible.

FY2013 SAFER Awards

The shutdown has also impacted our ability to complete reviews of funding recommendations for FY2013 SAFER applications. The staff are back to work reviewing applications recommended by the Peer Reviewers for award, and once completed we will begin to announce awards, on a rolling basis, each week.

Should you have any questions about how your application or grant award may have been impacted by the recent government shutdown, please don’t hesitate to call the Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or by emailing [email protected]. Thank you.

Winning the 2013 AFG

Join us for a FREE Fire Grants Webinar: Nov. 1, 2015 , 1:45 p.m. EDT

Sponsored & Hosted by Stryker EMS

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Is your department trying to figure out how to win an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)? The FY2013 program opens soon. Make sure your application stands out from the bunch and wins the funding your department needs!

Sponsored and hosted by Stryker EMS, join Kurt Bradley of First Responder Grants for a FREE fire grants webinar: Winning the 2013 AFG. We’ll meet online on Friday, November 1, 2013, at 1:45 p.m. EDT.

This webinar is open to all Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services grant-writing personnel. There is no cost to attend. We’ll discuss…

  • How this year’s program will be different from previous years
  • The tips you need to make your AFG application stand out
  • Your questions about applying to AFG
  • And more!

Use the information below to join the webinar on Nov. 1. (Click here to join our mailing list for reminders—and get a free copy of our Grant Prep Checklist.)

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  • Meeting Number: 829 175 222
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