Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Grant Application Period Opens February 3

January 29 • 2020

The FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant application period is February 3-March 13, 2020.

AFG grants provide fire departments with funding for critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

Learn more about the AFG application process, as well as resources to assist you in preparing your application. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. (ET) on March 13.

Preparing Your Grant Application

For additional assistance, guidance in preparing your application or a review of your application prior to submission, contact the IAFF Grants Department at [email protected] or (202) 824-1575.

The IAFF can provide specific guidance for applications for funding the following IAFF programs:

  • IAFF Peer Support Training Program
  • Fire Ground Survival Training Program (FGS)
  • Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI)
  • IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer Certification Program (PFT)
  • Hazardous Materials Training for First Responder Operations (FRO)
  • Training for Hazardous Materials Response: Technician (HM Tech)
  • Confined Space Rescue Training (CSR)

Note that key changes to the FY 2019 grant program include:

Micro Grants

  • Wellness and Fitness is now eligible as a micro and regional grant.
  • Modifications to Facilities activities are now eligible as a micro grant.


  • Training props are limited to $50,000, except for a State Fire Training Academy request.
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS) to include software and computer programs for local departments and states to track training and certifications were added as high priority.

Operation and Safety and Regional

  • Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH), Protection for Fire Investigators (single-use respiratory protection) is added as high priority.
  • Definition of Primary First Due Response Area is updated to be consistent with NFPA 1710 Current Edition. The geographic area surrounding a fire station in which a company from that station is projected to be the first to arrive on the scene of an incident.
  • Application will include data/statistics on fire departments implementation of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 physicals. This information is not included in the peer review determination.

Vehicle Acquisition

  • Brush vehicles are now a high priority for urban, suburban and rural communities. The only exception is for urban communities – a brush truck may not exceed Type III in specifications. This does not preclude a department from applying for a Type I urban interface pumper. Type I pumpers should be requested as a pumper and specified in the request as Type I.

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