FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) opens soon

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)September 24 tentative start date

The FY 2018 AFG open application opportunity is right around the corner (September 24 tentative start date) 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 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

Live AFG Webinars

Beginning September 17, 2018, AFGP staff will host two live webinar series to educate organizations on what is new for FY 2018. The Application Workshop webinars will teach attendees about the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, its mission, which organizations and activities are eligible, and how to apply.

A Fire Program Analyst will provide updates that apply to the FY 2018 application and some help tips in preparing your application. We will also have our Application Walk-thru webinars which gives attendees a section by section view of the application with AFG staff to explain and answer questions.

FY 2018 Application Workshop Presentation

Monday, September 17th – October 5th at 9 a.m. EDT and 4 p.m. EDT

FY 2018 Application Walk-thru

Monday September 24th – October 5th at 10 a.m. EDT and 1 p.m. EDT

Fall & winter grant training schedule

Before we know it, summer will be on the wane. Vacations will be ending. School will be starting. Someday the temperature might even cool off…

As we start to think about fall and–can you believe it?–the year to come, it’s also a great time to talk with your department and municipality about getting grant-writing training. Since our training is only for first responders, emergency management, and public safety agencies, it’s tailored exactly for what you need to write and send out the most competitive grants you can.

Check out our schedule and sign up for the in-person or online class that’s best for you.

Carmel, NY, Nov. 16 -17, 2018

Old Bridge, NJ, Dec. 10 – 11, 2018

Shelby, NC, Jan. 24-25, 2019

3 steps to get ready for 2017 grants

Get ahead of the game

It’s time to look ahead to next year. How will your department bridge funding gaps, and acquire critical training and equipment?

Plan. Learn. Train. Here are 3 steps you can take now to get ready for 2017 grants.

Step 1: Plan

What grants will your department go for?

Every year, grants are available from public, private, corporate, and non-profit providers, and those funds can benefit Law Enforcement Agencies like yours.

Take Action

  • Review our list of available Law Enforcement Grants
  • Bookmark programs your agency should try for
  • Review each grant and its requirements
  • Do the work, write the application, and get it done

Step 2: Learn

Solid data and a strong narrative make a big difference.

Just as you need solid evidence to build a good case, grants need solid data and a strong narrative to give you a competitive shot at a program. We maintain comprehensive lists of data and statistical resources plus government websites that you can turn to get that critical information.

Take Action

  • Understand the grant’s requirements
  • Review our resources for the sites you need
  • Pull the data into your application and narrative
  • Follow the rules of the grant

Step 3: Train

Get the training to get the gear.

Whether you are writing your first or your hundredth grant, there is always more to learn and improve. Grants can also be confusing, but solid, “meat and potatoes,” down-to-earth plain-talk training can give you the skills and confidence you need to tackle any grant.

Take Action

  • Discuss with your superiors and administrators how grant-writing training can help your agency
  • Review available resources
  • Check our National Training schedule or take our Online Grant-Writing Course on your schedule and wherever you are

Good luck with 2017 grants!

27 sets of turnout gear & 32 air paks – how did this FD do it?

“I’ve taken your seminar 3 times. Once again I’ve hit a grant, but this time it’s for 27 sets of turnout gear and 32 air paks. Last year I was part of a team that won for a new pumper for the New York State Fire Academy.”
Glen Miller, Bath FD, New York

Glen Miller was a student at one of our national grant-writing training classes. As he said, when he immediately put his new skills to work, it made a big difference.

As we head toward summer, it’s also a good time to start the process on getting the training you need to write strong, competitive grants. We have classes coming up this summer and fall, and you can also take our online training anytime. We have 2 online classes:

Questions about our grant-writing training? Contact us, or check out what past students say.

Training Schedule

New Grant-Writing Class! Join Us in Fayetteville, Ohio, Oct. 8-9

Need training? We have a new grant-writing class on the schedule!

  • Are you tired of getting rejection notices for your grant applications?
  • Are you wondering why your applications to grant programs always seem to fail?
  • Do you need to know more about how to apply for grants to get the money your agency needs to properly train and equip your staff?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then join us in Fayetteville, OH, Oct. 8-9.

You’ll receive 2 packed days of “meat and potatoes” grant-writing training about grants for public safety agencies and first responder organizations.

Come Get the Training, To Get the Grant, To Get the Gear!

This training is appropriate for all Fire, Rescue, EMS, Emergency Management Agency, Law Enforcement, or Corrections staff. The training is led by a retired public safety administrator who has 30 years of “on the streets” experience and who speaks in your language.

Come get the training that gives you the skills you need to write winning grants!

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.

Get Ready for FY2013 AFG: SAM.gov, Workshops, Technical Assistance Tools

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)As part of preparing fire departments and other qualifying agencies for FY2013 AFG, FEMA has released an announcement for the following resources.

SAM.gov Registration Required to Submit Your FY 2013 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 SAM.gov 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 SAM.gov registration process, every eligible grantee must have their SAM.gov 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 SAM.gov registration.

A valid SAM.gov registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award. A valid SAM.gov registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award. If your department has not yet registered within SAM.gov, you are encouraged to do.

SAM.gov is administered through the Government 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.

AFG Regional Workshops and Webinars Now Being Conducted

In preparation for the FY 2013 application period, workshops and webinars are being conducted by AFG Regional Fire Program Specialists.

Whether in person, or through webinars, these presentations provide a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the funding priorities for the upcoming application period as well as provide an opportunity to bring your questions about the AFG grant programs directly to the experts. A current listing of the workshops and webinars scheduled are now available on the AFG website.

Schedules are subject to change and are updated frequently. Visit this website or contact your Regional Fire Program Specialist to confirm the workshop schedule for your region.

FY2013 AFG Technical Assistance Tools Now Available

In preparation for the FY 2013 AFG application period, the following resources are now available on the AFG website:

  • FY 2013 AFG Get Ready Guide
  • FY 2013 AFG Narrative Guide
  • FY 2013 AFG Self Evaluation for Operations & Safety
  • FY 2013 AFG Self Evaluation for Vehicle Applicants
  • FY 2013 AFG Regional Workshop Presentation

AFG has recently introduced a series of videos designed to provide additional technical assistance. Topics include:

  • Getting a Grant
  • Procurement Integrity
  • AFG Vehicle Grants

Additional videos as well as the FY 2013 AFG Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will be available soon.

FY2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Workshops Schedule

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA is currently providing 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 two 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.

FY 2013 AFG Workshops Schedule

Presentation topics will include:

  • Programmatic changes since FY 2012
  • Funding priorities
  • AFG funding opportunities
  • Application evaluation criteria
  • SAM.gov registration

Live Workshops

  • Registration is not required to attend.
  • Each workshop is approximately 2 hours in length

Conference Call with Webinar Workshops

  • Registration is required to participate
  • Each workshop is approximately 1 – 2 hours in length
  • A toll free FEMA 800 conference call phone number with PIN will be provided after you register
  • Selected workshops will also offer visual material via your web browser (Webinar).
  • Download the workshop presentation in PDF