Assistance to Firefighters Grant

This section is for fire departments and nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Service organizations, and contains information on the firefighter grant program, grant application assistance tools, previous grant awards, grant statistics, and more.

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.



The FY 2017 AFG application period is now open and will close on FridayFebruary 2, 2018 at 5 PM ET. Begin preparing your application now by utilizing the application assistance tools available below.

FY 2017 Application Assistance Tools:

  • FY 2017 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (Revised on 12/22)
  • FY 2017 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guides
  • FY 2017 AFG Self-Evaluation – Operations and Safety
  • FY 2017 AFG Self-Evaluation – Vehicle Acquisition
  • FY 2017 AFG Application Checklist
  • FY 2017 AFG Cost Share Calculator

Application Access Portal

FY 2017 AFG Application Workshop Schedule

(Due to the recent natural disasters, workshop availability may be limited at this time)

AFG Award Announcements

For AFG Application Guidance Materials, please visit our Documents page.


This section is Expanded. Click to CollapseAFG Economic Hardship Waiver Policy

The purpose of this guidance is to provide AFG and FP&S grantees with guidance on requesting a waiver or reduction of their non-federal funds cost share requirement, maintenance of effort requirement, or both, in cases of demonstrated economic hardship (an “Economic Hardship Waiver”).  This guidance provides the minimum requirements for eligibility to request an Economic Hardship Waiver and the process and mechanism for requesting an Economic Hardship Waiver.

Please contact the AFG Program Help Desk with questions or comments by calling 1-866-274- 0960 or email at

This section is Expanded. Click to CollapseAFG Program Tools


Although the AFG Program Office strives to make the information contained in these videos as timely and accurate as possible, the videos were not intended to be used as substitutes for reading the latest Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) or guidance documents. The AFG program office makes no promises, claims or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the contents of these videos, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of these videos.

  • AFG Vehicle Grants
    This video was produced to provide an overview of how to apply for a vehicle grant, AFG’s most competitive grant activity.
    Duration: 17 minutes
  • Procurement Integrity
    This video was produced to provide an overview of proper contract procurement for grantees.
    Duration: 17 minutes
  • Getting a Grant
    This video was produced to provide an overview of how to prepare a competitive grant application.
    Duration: 22 minutes