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Grants to USA Fire Departments, EMS Providers, and
Fire Training Academies for Equipment and Training

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Deadline Date:

01/21/22 5:00 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories fire departments, nonprofit or public EMS organizations, and fire training academies for equipment and training for emergency personnel. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations several weeks prior to the deadline.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program is one of three grant programs that constitute the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) focus on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The AFG Program accomplishes this by providing financial assistance directly to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTAs) for critical training and equipment. The AFG Program represents one part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, the AFG Program supports the goal to Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience.

In awarding grants, the FEMA Administrator is required to consider:

  • The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP);
  • The degree to which an award will reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage by reducing the risks associated with fire-related and other hazards;
  • The extent of an applicant’s need for an AFG Program grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole; and
  • The number of calls requesting or requiring a firefighting or emergency medical response received by an applicant.

The objectives of the AFG Program are to provide critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience. 

The AFG Program has three activities: 

  • Operations and Safety
  • Vehicle Acquisition
  • Regional Projects

Funding Priorities: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_fy21-afg-nofo.pdf#page=49

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148687

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$414,000,000

Number of Grants:

Projected number of Awards: 2,500

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 24 months
Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): May 1, 2022 (will vary based on award date)
Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): April 30, 2024 (will vary based on award date)

Extensions to the period of performance are allowed.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Fire Departments: Fire departments operating in any of the 50 states, as well as fire departments in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A fire department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, local, tribal, or territorial authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area.

Nonaffiliated EMS organizations: Nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A nonaffiliated EMS organization is an agency or organization that is a public or private nonprofit emergency medical service entity providing medical transport that is not affiliated with a hospital and does not serve a geographic area in which emergency medical services are adequately provided by a fire department.

FEMA considers the following as hospitals under the AFG Program:
- Clinics;
- Medical centers;
- Medical college or university;
- Infirmary;
- Surgery centers; and
- Any other institution, association, or foundation providing medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and/or treatment for the sick or injured.

State Fire Training Academies: A SFTA operates in any of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Applicants must be designated either by legislation or by a Governor’s declaration as the sole fire service training agency within a state, territory, or the District of Columbia. The designated SFTA shall be the only agency, bureau, division, or entity within that state, territory, or the District of Columbia, to be an eligible SFTA applicant under the AFG Program.

Funding Restrictions: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_fy21-afg-nofo.pdf#page=14

Ineligible Applications and/or Organizations: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_fy21-afg-nofo.pdf#page=45

Pre-proposal Conference:

For applicants interested in learning how to apply for funding under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP), FEMA hosts workshops.

View the current workshop and webinar schedule here: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/workshops

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times:
- Application Start Date: Nov. 8, 2021
- Application Submission Deadline extended to January 21, 2022 at 5 PM ET
- Anticipated Funding Selection Date: No later than April 30, 2022
- Anticipated Award Date: Beginning on approximately April 30, 2022 and continuing thereafter until all FY 2021 AFG Program grant awards are issued (but no later than September 30, 2022)

Other Key Dates:
- Obtaining DUNS Number: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid EIN: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Creating an account with login.gov: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering in SAM or Updating SAM registration: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering Organization in FEMA GO: Prior to beginning application
- Submitting complete application in FEMA GO: One week before actual submission deadline

NOTE: If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), or your SAM registration is not active, please take immediate action to obtain an EIN and DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM or, if applicable, renew your SAM registration. It may take four weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM.

Information on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM is available from Grants.gov at:
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html.

Recipient cost sharing is generally required pursuant to 15 U.S.C.§ 2229(k)(1). In general, eligible applicants shall agree to make available non-federal funds to carry out an AFG Program award in an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded.

AFG Application Guidance Materials: https://www.fema.gov/media-collection/fy-2021-assistance-firefighters-grant-afg-application-guidance-materials

Rules and Tools: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/rules-tools

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336440

For a list of relevant documents, see the Related Documents tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov site above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications are processed through the FEMA GO system. To access the system, go to https://go.fema.gov/.

For technical assistance with the FEMA GO system, please contact the FEMA GO Helpdesk at femago@fema.dhs.gov or (877) 611-4700, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET.

The AFG Program Help Desk can be contacted at (866) 274-0960 or by email at FireGrants@fema.dhs.gov.

CFDA Number:

97.044

Funding or Pin Number:

DHS-20-GPD-044-00-98

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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