Grants Department

The IAFF Grants Administration Department oversees the IAFF’s national grant programs, which total more than $20 million per year. Over the years, the IAFF has funded partnerships with a number of federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and others.

In addition to overseeing national grant programs, the Grants Administration Department coordinates grant reports; manages the program and financial oversight of grant awards; ensures compliance with all federal laws, regulations and executive orders; identifies new sources of funding; and assists with questions and requests for information from IAFF affiliates interested in grants for their departments.

Contact Us

Federal grants partners:
Gifty Cobblah​, Grants Accountant
(202) 824-1562
[email protected]

Take Our Survey!
The IAFF Grants Department is conducting this survey to better direct our grant outreach efforts, specifically with regards to FEMA’s Assistance to Fire Fighters Grants (AFG). The survey should take about three minutes to complete and only those who request so will be contacted for follow up information. Your responses and time are very much appreciated!

Federal Grants FAQs
​We have gathered important resources for those interested in obtaining a federal grant, including how to get started, what can be requested, the FEMA application process, grant writing and more.

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “​frontline” fire fighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720). The SAFER Grant Guidance and Application Kit will be posted on FEMA’s SAFER Assistance to Firefighters web site near the start of the application period. All SAFER applicants should read the Guidance to fully understand any changes to the program, award criteria, funding priorities and important special application instructions for completing the application.​

Assistance to Firefighters (AFG or FIRE Act) Grant Program
The AFG or FIRE Act grant helps fire departments purchase equipment and receive training that departments could not otherwise afford. Equipment and training funded by the FIRE grant program help fire fighters do their jobs safely and effectively by improving the effectiveness of fire department operations and protecting the health and safety of local fire fighters.

Grant Application Guidance Documents
There are a number of IAFF training programs that are eligible for grant funding. These documents will assist your department with completing the application and provide many of the necessary narrative details.

Frontline Blog: Grants and Funding
The IAFF Frontline Blog provides commentary, news and updates on issues important to our members and the IAFF, including grants and funding.

Elizabeth Del Re, Assistant to the General President for Grants Administration and HazMat Training
(202) 824-1564
[email protected]

Angie Wanner, Executive Secretary for Grants Administration and HazMat Training
(202) 824-1564
[email protected]

Gifty Cobblah, Grants Accountant
(202) 824-1562
[email protected]