Washington, D.C. – Beginning March 6, 2005 at 8:00 a.m. eastern standard time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began accepting applications for Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). The deadline for receipt of the AFG “fire grant” applications is 5:00 p.m. eastern daylight time on April 7, 2006.
AFG applications are automated and accessible via http://www.firegrantsupport.com. The Web site contains useful background information on AFG funding priorities and program guidance, as well as a tutorial on applying and other useful materials. Fire departments that have questions regarding these grant opportunities should contact the Help Desk at (866) 274-0960 or at [email protected].
The AFG is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Grants and Training (G&T) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The AFG program assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. In addition the AFG allows for non-fire based EMS organizations to apply for grants.
The program office offers three grant opportunities. The AFG funds are used by the nation’s firefighters to increase the effectiveness of firefighting and emergency response operations, to improve firefighter health and safety programs. The application period for SAFER Grants is scheduled for June of 2006. SAFER Grants provide funding for the hiring of firefighting personnel and incentives for volunteer recruitment and retention. The third grant opportunity will be in September 2006 when AFG opens an application period for fire prevention and safety grants. These grants support not only fire departments, but also other experienced organizations in fire prevention and in firefighter safety research. Through the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2006, Congress provided $648 million for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants, with $108 million of the funding specified for SAFER and a minimum of $27M for fire prevention and safety.