Application Period Now Open for FY 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grants

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Grant Programs Directorate is now accepting applications for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). Applications must be received by April 4 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The grants will be distributed in phases throughout FY 2008 and will ultimately award approximately $500 million.

Fire Corps members can take this opportunity to help their department and program secure additional funds and expand their activities by writing the department’s AFG application. With Fire Corps members assisting in the grant-writing process, the department’s first responders can remain on the front lines and focus on emergency situations. Fire Corps volunteers should work with the department chief and other leaders to identify funding needs that may be met through an AFG award.

To help with the grant-writing process, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has created an online AFG and SAFER Grant Narrative Resource Center with copies of narratives from past successful grant applications. These narratives are extremely useful examples for departments that have significant need but have had trouble expressing it in past applications. Applicants are reminded to use the posted narratives as a reference only and not plagiarize from them. In addition to the model narratives, the NVFC has posted a grant-writing guide created by DHS.

Access the FY 2008 AFG application through the AFG web site at www.firegrantsupport.com, the U.S. Fire Administration's web site at www.usfa.fema.gov, and the Grants.gov web site at www.grants.gov. The AFG web site contains important information about the program, including the FY 2008 funding priorities and program guidance, a web-based tutorial on the application process, a listing of frequently asked questions, and other materials. Questions regarding this grant opportunity can be addressed to the Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . During the application period, Help Desk hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Eligible applicants for the FY 2008 AFG are limited to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations operating within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Interested applicants may submit two separate applications for consideration under each of the following two program areas:

  • Operations and Safety Program Area: Eligible activities for fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations are limited to training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to facilities.

  • Vehicle Acquisition Program Area: Eligible apparatus available to fire departments under this program area include, but are not limited to, pumpers, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.

The FY 2008 AFG will also allow eligible applicants to submit an additional application for a regional project through which multiple organizations, serving more than one local jurisdiction, may benefit directly from the activities implemented with the grant funds.

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