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Assistance to Firefighters Grants. National Training Exercise Symposium Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Clayton Thompson Jr. Fire Program Specialist [email protected] Office: 202-786-9575. Program Objectives.

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Assistance to firefighters grants

Assistance to Firefighters Grants

National Training Exercise Symposium

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Assistance to firefighters grants

Clayton Thompson Jr.

Fire Program Specialist

[email protected]

Office: 202-786-9575


Program objectives

Program Objectives

  • •The objective of the AFG Program is to award grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and state fire training academies for critically needed resources to protect the public, to train emergency personnel, and to foster interoperability and support community resilience.

  • • The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance through direct financial assistance, the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel and to provide a continuum of support for emergency responders regarding fire, medical, and all hazard events.


Fy 13 total appropriation 641 840 166

FY 13 Total Appropriation $641,840,166

$ 288,828,075

$ 320,920,083

$ 32,092,008


Fy 14 total appropriation 680 000 000

FY 14 Total Appropriation $680,000,000

$ 306,000,000

$ 340,000,000

$34,000,000


Fy 2013 application totals

FY 2013 Application Totals

10,694

1,509

1,175


Eligible applicants

Eligible Applicants

  • Fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations (as defined by 15 U.S.C. § 2229(a)(7)),operating in any of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or authorized tribal organization, or an Alaskan native village, Alaska Regional Native Corporation, or the Alaska Village Initiatives. 


State fire training eligibility

State Fire Training Eligibility

  • Any State Fire Training Academy operating in any of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico shall be eligible to apply for and receive an AFG Grant of direct financial assistance. 


State fire training eligibility1

State Fire Training Eligibility

  • No more than $500,000 of available grant funds per applicant and 3 percent (3%) or less of available grant funds shall be collectively awarded to state fire training academy applicants. Eligible SFTA applicants may apply for all activities under the AFG Component Program Vehicle Acquisition, but are only eligible to apply for the activities of Equipment and PPE under the component program Operations and Safety, and are not eligible to apply for any activities under the component program Joint/Regional. http://www.usfa.fema.gov/pocs/


How to apply

How to Apply

The AFG e-Grant application system is only accessible through the AFG Application Portal at https://portal.fema.gov/.

There are several ways to get AFG Application information:

•AFG Web site (http://www.fema.gov/firegrants)

• Grants.gov(http://www.grants.gov)

• US Fire Administration (http://www.usfa.fema.gov)


Cost share requirements

Cost Share Requirements

Cost Share Requirements Based on Population

In general, an eligible applicant seeking a grant to carry out an activity shall agree to make available non-federal funds to carry out such activity in an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded, except for entities serving small communities:


Cost share requirements1

Cost Share Requirements

When serving a jurisdiction more than 20,000 residents, but not more than 1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 10 percent of the grant awarded, serving a jurisdiction of 20,000 residents or fewer, the non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 5 percent of the grant awarded and State fire training academy and Joint/Regional projects’ Cost Share will be based on the total population of the entire region, not the population of the host organization.


Afg eligible training activities

AFG Eligible Training Activities

  • Firefighter I and II Certifications

  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

  • Community Paramedics

  • Driver/Operator

  • Fire Officer I-IV

  • Hazardous Materials Wildland firefighting


Afg eligible training activities1

AFG Eligible Training Activities

  • Vehicle Rescue

  • Rapid Intervention Team

  • NIMS/Incident Command

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Alternative fuel firefighting

  • Response to natural disasters


Project activities

Project/Activities

5 Project Activity Areas:

  • Training

  • Equipment

  • Personal Protective Equipment

  • Wellness and Fitness

  • Modification to Facilities


Applicant support

Applicant Support

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement

  • (Program Guidance)

  • Applicant Tutorial

  • Help Desk:1-866-274-0960

  • E- Mail: [email protected]

  • Website:www.fema.gov/firegrants


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