Get ready for AFG: What does your department need?

Conduct a needs assessment now

AFG is coming.

The question is, will your department be ready to hit the ground running when the Fire Service’s biggest grant opens for applications?

Get. Ready. Now.

And the way you get ready, is to know what you need. To know what you need, it’s time to conduct a needs assessment. We’re going to walk you through how.

Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) 2019 K9 Grant

Dogs, dog safety vests, and other K-9 needs for US police and fire K-9 units

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines and Application

Grant Deadline: Thurs., Aug. 15, 2019

K-9 units of police and fire departments in Pittsburgh, PA and in the city/surrounding area of each regular season 2019 Steelers away game are eligible

Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF)

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, founded by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, welcomes grant inquiries for support until August 15, 2019.

What this grant does for your agency

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will disperse grants to police and fire department K-9 units throughout the U.S. This is the 13th grant cycle for The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. The majority of the grants distributed will help K-9 units to purchase dogs and dog safety vests, but other types of K-9 related needs are considered.

Agencies awarded the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) 2019 K9 Grant receive funds to support K-9 units in the Fire Service and at Law Enforcement Agencies.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible Communities And Estimated Announcement Date

  • Boston, MA (Thursday, September 5, 2019)
  • San Francisco, CA (Thursday, September 19, 2019)
  • Los Angeles, CA (Thursday, October 10, 2019)
  • Cleveland, OH (Wednesday, November 13, 2019)
  • Cincinnati, OH (Thursday, November 21, 2019)
  • Phoenix, AZ (Thursday, December 5, 2019)
  • New York City, NY (Thursday, December 19, 2019)
  • Baltimore, MD (Thursday, December 26, 2019)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (After Super Bowl 2020)

K-9 units of police and fire departments in Pittsburgh, PA and in the city/surrounding area of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2019 regular season are eligible.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation can only distribute grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations.

Although police and fire departments are tax-exempt organizations, they do not typically hold 501(c)(3) designation and thus, must show support from a 501(c)(3) organization that is willing to accept funding on the department’s behalf.

Each application must come from a police or fire department with support from a charity or police foundation.

Charities outside the police and fire department are not eligible to apply on their own.

About the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) at The Giving Back Fund (GBF) seeks to support police and fire departments throughout the U.S. with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs and to enhance the quality of life for residents of Pittsburgh, PA. Plans for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation also include grantmaking to nonprofit organizations assisting children in need in cities where Ben has lived and played football. The Giving Back Fund is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, and corporations. More

Grant Deadline

All Applications much be postmarked by Thursday, August 15, 2019. Applications that are emailed or faxed will not be accepted.

Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Applications will be evaluated on the following: thoroughness of presentation and inclusion of all requested materials; project readiness; demonstrated need; proof of sustainability through both external and internal support; and level of proposed impact.

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Apply for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) 2019 K9 Grant (PDF)

FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

$350,000,000 in fire jobs grants

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application Period: 8:00 a.m. ET, Friday, February 15, 2019 — 5:00 p.m. ET., Friday, March 22, 2019

NOFO Number: DHS-18-GPD-083-000-99

300 awards estimated for US Fire Service Organizations

The purpose of the SAFER Grant Program is to provide 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.

The objective of the SAFER grant program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to respond to emergencies and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Local fire departments accomplish this by improving staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.

Kurt says…

These are the areas where the NOFO indicated that the information is different from previous years

Applicants may now request to waive the position cost limit for new firefighters.

Pursuant to IB 427, applicants must indicate when they apply for an award whether they are requesting a waiver and what requirement they seek to waive.

The simplified acquisition threshold increased to $250,000.

The definition of “new recruit.”

Updated prioritization and eligibility tables.

What this grant does for your agency

Although not required for a SAFER grant, it is preferable that the enhanced staffing levels of all SAFER recipients should ensure that all first-arriving apparatus are staffed with a minimum of four qualified personnel (to meet National Fire Protection Association.

(NFPA) 1710/1720 standards) who are capable of initiating the suppression response. Ultimately, SAFER recipients should achieve more efficient responses and safer incident scenes, thereby ensuring communities have improved protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

SAFER offers grants to support projects in two activities. This NOFO provides potential eligible applicants with application requirements and details for processing and evaluating applications for financial assistance for both of these activity areas:

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

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 & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) receive funds to recruit and hire firefighters.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded:

Available funding for the NOFO: $350,000,000

Projected number of Awards: 300

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines.

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, Mar. 22, 2019.

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Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-18-GPD-083-000-99

Apply for the FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)

JUST ANNOUNCED! FY 2018 SAFER Application Period: Feb. 15–Mar. 22, 2019

The FY 2018 SAFER application period will open on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Start planning your FY 2018 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), and Economic Hardship Waivers Information Bulletin (IB), and technical assistance tools below. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2018 applications ahead of the application period. The tools can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

SAFER Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

FY2018 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Application Webinars & Assistance Tools


Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsRemember: The FY 2018 FP&S grant application period will open on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 8 AM ET and will close on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5 PM ET.

Grant Application Webinars

The FP&S Program Office will host 2 webinars to help you with your FY 2018 FP&S grant application. The webinars will provide potential applicants with general information about the FP&S grant program, how to navigate the grant application, and tips for preparing an application. FP&S Program Officers will be available to answer questions.

Details and more: AFGP Workshop Schedule at FEMA.gov

FY 2018 Fire Prevention & Safety Application Assistance

Please make sure to thoroughly review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) prior to beginning your application, as it contains the latest updates to the FY 2018 FP&S Grant Program. Begin preparing your application now by using the following application assistance tools:

  • FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – This document contains key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Application Checklist – This checklist will help you prepare to answer questions within the grant application. Collecting this information will reduce the time and energy needed to complete your application.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – This document contains answers to frequently asked questions about the FP&S Grant Program.
  • FY 2018 Research & Development (R&D) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – This document contains answers to frequently asked questions specifically about the Research and Development Activity within the FP&S Grant Program.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Self Evaluation Sheet – This Self Evaluation Sheet will help you understand the criteria that you must address in your Narrative Statement when applying for FP&S grants.
  • FY 2018 FP&S Cost Share Calculator – This calculator will help you understand and determine your organization’s cost share for FP&S grants.

All FEMA FP&S application assistance tools and resources

More about FY2018 FP&S

FY2018 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants


Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsUp to $35,000,000 in fire grants available

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application Period: Monday, November 12, 2018, 8 a.m. ET – Friday, December 21, 2018, 5 p.m. (EST)

Grants for Fire Prevention, Fire Safety, and Firefighter Safety Research and Development (R&D)

The purpose of the FP&S Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development.

The objective of the FY 2018 FP&S Grant Program is for grantees to carry out fire prevention education and training, fire code enforcement, fire/arson investigation, firefighter safety and health programming, prevention efforts, and research and development.

What this grant does for your agency

FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in two activities. This NOFO provides potential eligible applicants with application requirements and details for processing and evaluating applications for financial assistance for both of these activity areas.

Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S)

The FP&S Activity is designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death, injuries, and property damage caused by fire and fire-related hazards.

Accordingly, the four project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:

  • Community Risk Reduction;
  • Code Enforcement/Awareness;
  • Fire & Arson Investigation; and
  • National/State/Regional Programs and Studies.

Each category within this activity has specific priorities. For additional details, please see Appendix B – Programmatic Information and Priorities, Section II. Funding Priorities.

Firefighter Safety Research and Development (R&D) Activity

The R&D Activity is aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.

The 6 project categories eligible for funding under this activity are:

  1. Clinical Studies;
  2. Technology and Product Development;
  3. Database System Development;
  4. Dissemination and Implementation Research;
  5. Preliminary Studies; and
  6. Early Career Investigator

Agencies awarded the FY2018 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants receive grant funds to mitigate the incidence of death, injuries, and property damage caused by fire and fire-related hazards; and to improve firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Available Funding for the NOFO: $35,000,000

Projected Number of Awards: 150

Period of Performance: 12–36 months.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Fire departments; and national, regional, state, local, federally recognized tribal, and non-profit organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Both
private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity.

For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive an FP&S Grant Award under the FP&S Activity.

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., Dec. 21, 2018.

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Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-18-GPD-044-000-98. Apply for the FY2018 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants

FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG)


Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)Enhance the safety of the public and firefighters

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Application Period: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 8 a.m. EST — Fri., Oct. 26, 5 p.m. EST

$315,000,000 available for Fire Service Organizations

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.

What this grant does for your agency

The AFG Program also addresses the following “Core Capabilities” of the National
Preparedness Goal:

  • Fire Management and Suppression
  • Environmental Response/Health and Safety
  • Threats and Hazards Identification
  • Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
  • Operational Coordination
  • OperationalCommunications
  • Mass Search and Rescue Operations
  • Community Resilience
  • Long-term VulnerabilityReduction

Agencies awarded the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) receive fire grants to help them enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

2,500 awards are projected to be awarded (but this number is only an estimate).

Application resources and materials

The application assistance tools below can help you understand the AFG program and prepare your application:

  • 2018 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • 2018 AFG Cost Share Calculator
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Application
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Narrative
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Vehicle Acquisition
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Operations Safety
  • 2018 AFG Application Checklist

AFG resources at FEMA.gov

Kurt says…

First Responder Grants Senior Consultant Kurt Bradley has helped fire service organizations nationwide win hundreds of millions of dollars in AFG funds. Here are his tips for 2018 AFG:

  • Review the NOFO carefully 2-3 times. I cannot emphasize this enough. The #1 reason grants are rejected is failure to read and follow directions.
  • Read the questions several times. Then answer the questions, being careful to take full credit for the answer you give.
  • High priority items only. Do not bother going after anything that is marked as medium or low priority. AFG will only fund high priority items, and that high priority is set by AFG, not you.
  • Requesting funds for turnout gear? If going after turnout gear, you need to be replacing at least 50% of your department’s gear. The gear being replaced also needs to be at least 13-14 years of age to get any priority at all.
  • Choose your answers carefully. Be careful about your selection for why you are replacing equipment or PPE. Read all choices clearly before selecting. There are new choices this year, so read the NOFO carefully before selecting your answer. The wrong answer can cause your request to be instantly rejected. This was a top reason for grants being rejected by computer last year.
  • Vehicle acquisitions? Even though only about 100 fire trucks are given away per year, apparatus is AFG’s most requested item. Even if you have the strongest need, trucks are a roll of the dice. AFG only funds about 10-15 trucks over the $500,000 mark per year. Have a plan B in mind to replace trucks. Also, be sure your request is “reasonable” in cost, no bells or whistles.
  • Check your math. Be sure numbers that you put down in answer boxes add up correctly to totals listed elsewhere. They should also agree with what you are stating in your narratives. Inconsistencies are cause for rejection.
  • Don’t procrastinate. Get your application done, make sure it’s rock solid, and submit it as soon as possible. Don’t wait till a week before it’s due. Start now: get it composed, proof-read, entered, and submitted.
  • Structure micro-grants to new funding limits. Micro-grants now have a $50,000 maximum, so make sure your micro-grant is specific and keeps under that limit.

Need help with your AFG application?

Contact Kurt today

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Fire Departments
Fire departments operating in any of the 50 states, as well as fire departments in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A fire department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, territory, local, or tribal authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area.

Nonaffiliated EMS organizations
Nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. 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.

State Fire Training Academies
A State Fire Training Academy (SFTA) operates in any of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Applicants must be designated either by legislation or by a Governor’s declaration as the sole fire service training agency within a state, territory, or the District of Columbia. The designated SFTA shall be the only agency/bureau/division, or entity within that state, territory, or the District of Columbia.

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Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than Fri., Oct. 26, 5 p.m. EST.

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Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-18-GPD-044-00-99. Apply for the FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG)

FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) opens Sept. 24, 2018


Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)The 2018 AFG application period will open at 8:00 AM Monday, September 24, 2018 and will close on Friday, October 26 at 5:00 PM EST.

Begin preparing for the FY 2018 open application period by reviewing the available application assistance tools below.

FY 2018 AFG Application Guidance Materials Available Now

  • 2018 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • 2018 AFG Cost Share Calculator
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Application
  • 2018 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide – Narrative
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Vehicle Acquisition
  • 2018 AFG Self Evaluation Operations Safety
  • 2018 AFG Application Checklist

Application Period Dates Announced for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants


Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe FY 2017 SAFER application period will open on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8 am ET and will close on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5 PM ET.

Start planning your FY 2017 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and Economic Hardship Waivers Information Bulletin (IB). These documents can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

Technical assistance tools, to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2017 applications ahead of the application period, will be coming soon.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Economic Hardship Waivers

SAFER Grants Help Desk

If you have questions about the NOFO or the Economic Hardship Waiver, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

SAM.gov registration is required to apply and receive grants

The FY 2017 SAFER application period will be here before you know it. All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can submit an application. Per 2 CFR § 25.205, FEMA may not make an award to an entity until the entity has complied with the requirements to provide a valid DUNS number and maintain an active SAM.gov registration with current information. SAM.gov consolidates federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

To register, or validate your information, please visit: https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/

SAM.gov Registration Tips

Please ensure the following items are current in SAM and the DUNS number used in SAM is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:

  • Organization’s name
  • Address
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Banking information (type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number
  • Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in the SAM.gov is FREE
  • SAM.gov registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually.
  • FEMA has prepared a technical assistance document, the SAM.gov Get Ready Guide. This document is designed to walk you through the SAM.gov registration process
  • This information should be consistent in all registration documents

SAM.gov account assistance

Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help:

If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at https://www.fsd.gov

FY2017 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants


Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants

Application Period

The FY 2017 FP&S grant application period is open Monday, February 12, 2018, 8 a.m. ET, through Friday, March 16, 2018, 5 p.m. ET.

Get ready

Please make sure to thoroughly review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) prior to beginning your application, as it contains the latest updates to the FY 2017 FP&S Grant Program. Begin preparing your application now by using the following application assistance tools:

FY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

This document contains key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.

FY 2017 FP&S Application Checklist

This checklist will help you prepare to answer questions within the grant application. Collecting this information will reduce the time and energy needed to complete your application.

FY 2017 FP&S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This document contains answers to frequently asked questions about the FP&S Grant Program.

FY 2017 Research & Development (R&D) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This document contains answers to frequently asked questions specifically about the Research and Development Activity within the FP&S Grant Program.

FY 2017 FP&S Self Evaluation Sheet

This Self Evaluation Sheet will help you understand the criteria that you must address in your Narrative Statement when applying for FP&S grants.

FY 2017 FP&S Cost Share Calculator

This calculator will help you understand and determine your organization’s cost share for FP&S grants.

FP&S Grants Help Desk

If you have questions about the NOFO or technical assistance tools listed, call or e-mail the FP&S Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.