FEMA announces second AFG-COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) Application Period for Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments this Fall

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FEMA is providing an additional chance for volunteer and combination fire departments to apply for funding under the FY 2020 AFG-S. Through this funding opportunity, FEMA will directly award funding for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies to support COVID-19 response. This includes reimbursement for expenditures made since Jan. 1, 2020. Grants will be awarded, using a competitive process, to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of AFG-S.

FEMA will provide more information on the application period soon.

Why are only volunteer and combination fire departments eligible?

By law, 25 percent of available AFG-S funds must be awarded to volunteer fire departments and another 25 percent must be awarded to combination fire departments. This second application period will be limited to those categories of fire departments to fulfill this requirement.

Can I apply again?

Volunteer and combination fire departments are eligible to apply in this round even if they had a successful application in the first round. However, applications must support new capabilities. Departments that applied in the first round but were unsuccessful must reapply to be considered for funding in this round. Applications from the first round will not automatically carry forward to this round for consideration.

Find more information on this funding opportunity at https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters

Webinars will start on Aug. 18, 2020, and run three times a week for three weeks. Please see our Webinar Schedule page in the days ahead for information on upcoming webinars.

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FEMA announces AFG fire grant winners

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6 First Responder Grants clients and students awarded over $680,000

Award rounds have begun for the Assistance To Firefighters Grants. On Friday, July 31, FEMA began posting AFG fire grant winners to their website. To-date hundreds of grant winners have been announced, primarily in the Operations and Safety program.

In the first award round, six First Responder Grants clients and students were awarded over $680,000:

  • Pittsboro Fire Rescue, North Carolina, Vehicle Exhaust System, $101,429
  • Dwight Fire Protection District, Illinois, New Pagers, $35,943
  • Berlin Fire Department, Berlin, New Hampshire, SCBA, $176,350
  • Holderness Fire Department, Holderness, New Hampshire, SCBA, Compressor $ 152,854
  • New Hampton Fire & Rescue, New Hampton, New Hampshire, Auto Extrication Equipment $ 50,000
  • Pittsfield Fire Department, Pittsfield, New Hampshire, SCBA $ 163,550

FEMA will continue posting awards at FEMA.gov. Check back regularly for more updates.

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$800,000 Heavy Rescue Vehicle in Service for Washington Fire Department Thanks to AFG Fire Grant

In March 2020, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Washington, took delivery of an $800,000 Rescue 61 (GSO 11050) from KME thanks to an AFG grant

In March 2020, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Washington, took delivery of an $800,000 Rescue 61 (GSO 11050) from KME. CPFR won an FY 2017 fire grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, with grant writing and consulting assistance from Kurt Bradley at First Responder Grants.

Dubbed “Clyde,” the Heavy Rescue has already seen service on the old bridges, forest roads, and rugged terrain of Washington state. During a cliffside rescue incident outside of Mount Rainier National Park, in the middle of the night Clyde provided scene lighting, personnel transport, and rehab (not to mention fresh coffee, thanks to a Kuerig coffeemaker added by the CPFR team after taking delivery of Clyde.)

“Central Pierce is a key reminder that fire service organizations nationwide can get crucial funding for their operations, training, and equipment, including vehicles and apparatus,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grant Consultant with First Responder Grants. “Their needs assessment, understanding of the data needed to back up their application, and ability to state a clear case made them stand out. Now they have a new vehicle crucial to protecting their community and personnel.”

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AFG COVID-19 Supplemental Awards Underway

Supplemental grants help Fire Service Organizations nationwide against coronavirus

FEMA has begun announcing award rounds for Fire Service Organizations awarded Supplemental AFG grants to aid their operations against the novel coronavirus. Awards will continue until all funding is exhausted.

View the award list

Recipients will be notified through email and must log into the FEMA GO portal to review their award package and accept the award. Information on all AFG grant awards is posted on the AFG website at www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program and updated on a regular basis.

May 27 is new FY2019 NEW SAFER Application Period Deadline

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

In recognition of the economic hardships facing local jurisdictions and fire departments across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf has waived the cost share, position cost limit, supplanting, and minimum budget requirements for FY19 SAFER grant applicants. For more information, see Information Bulletin 450 which can be found here.  In addition, the application period is being extended to May 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET. 

Please note: Funds under the FY 2019 SAFER Hiring of Firefighters Activity must be used to hire new, additional firefighters, and the costs to hire those firefighters must be at the usual annual costs of a first-year (i.e., entry-level) firefighter. This requirement has not been waived.

Additionally, the waiver of the requirements identified above does not apply to the FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) or to the FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant – COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S).

In consideration of the economic impact of the pandemic, Acting Secretary Wolf has also authorized waivers for certain provisions of the FY 2020 SAFER Grant Program. DHS/FEMA will provide more details on the FY 2020 changes soon.

Applicants no longer need to request an economic hardship waiver within the FY 2019 online application. If you have already submitted your FY 2019 application, no further action is needed at this time. The waiver of these provisions and the adjustments to the requested amount will be handled by the SAFER Program Office during their technical review of applications.

If you have not yet submitted your application, please note that the applications will continue to show the cost share/position cost limit. However, as stated above, there is nothing additional that applicants need to do regarding these provisions. The adjustment will be made by the SAFER Program Office.

The FEMA Grant Outcomes (GO) system automatically records proof of timely submission and the system generates an electronic date/time stamp when FEMA GO successfully receives the application. The individual with the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) role that submitted the application will also receive the official date/time stamp and a FEMA GO tracking number in an email serving as proof of their timely submission. Applications received by FEMA GO after the extended application submission deadline will be deemed as late and typically will not be considered for funding.


DHS/FEMA will not review applications that are received after the extended deadline or consider them for funding except in cases where a technical problem outside of the applicant’s control prevented submission of the application by the deadline.

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FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grants open this summer

Complicated fire grants such as regional projects take extra time to prepare—and AFG is just around the corner.

While we wait for FEMA to release application period details, now is the time to start discussing and working on your regional grant with us. Regional grants are complicated and take considerably more time to bring together successfully.

Don’t delay, get your project on the books with us today! It will give you a head start on everyone for 2020 AFG.

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Firefighter jobs, hiring and recruiting: FY 2019 SAFER Fire Grant open for applications Apr. 13-May 27, 2020

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FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant

UPDATE: Deadline extended to May 27, 2020!

$350,000,000 fire grant for firefighter jobs, hiring, and recruitment for fire departments

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Grant Guidelines

NOFO Number: DHS-19-GPD-083-000-99

Grant Application Period:

Opens Monday, April 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. ET
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020 May 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Increase the number of firefighters in your fire department

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program focuses on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

The SAFER program accomplishes this by providing funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to assist in increasing the number of firefighters to help communities meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to provide adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments.

What this grant does for your agency

SAFER offers grants to support projects in 2 areas:

  1. Hiring of Firefighters Activity is to hire new, additional firefighters to improve staffing levels or changing the status of part-time or paid-on-call firefighters to full-time firefighters.
  2. Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity is to assist fire departments with the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters who are involved with or trained in the operations of firefighting and emergency response.

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant receive funds to help their department recruit and hire firefighters.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $350,000,000

Expected Number of Awards: 300

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 5 p.m. EST, May 15 27, 2020.

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CARES Act and Firefighters: $100M for PPE and supplies to battle Coronavirus/COVID-19

FEMA Announcement: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The CARES Act authorizes $100M in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funds for the purchase of personal protective equipment and related supplies for our nation’s first responders. As fire departments provide lifesaving emergency medical response to more and more communities impacted by COVID-19, FEMA AFG is offering an additional funding opportunity for the fire service community to purchase urgently needed protective equipment and supplies.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. FEMA AFG received $100M in stimulus funding under the CARES Act.
  2. Included in this stimulus is personal protective equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 response efforts.
  3. A new AFG application period will be opening soon.
  4. Please be on the lookout for that announcement which will include additional details.

As we learn more about this funding and when FEMA plans to open up for applications, we will keep you posted. First Responder Grants is available to help your department navigate applying for these special grant funds: