Application Period Now Open for FY 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grants

Monday, 26 April 2010

The Department of Homeland Security’s FY 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program opened on April 26. Applications for these grants must be received by Friday, May 28, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

Nationally, the AFG awards, which will be distributed in phases, will ultimately provide approximately $390 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country. AFG awards aim to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public with respect to fire and other hazards. The grants enable local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations to obtain training, conduct first responder health and safety programs, and buy equipment and response vehicles.

Fire Corps members can help their department and program secure additional funds and expand their activities by helping to write the department’s AFG application. Fire Corps volunteers should work with the department chief and other leaders to identify funding needs that may be met through an AFG award.

An applicant tutorial is available at The tutorial provides valuable grant information and will walk you through the preparation and submittal of competitive applications. The tutorial will also provide an overview of the funding priorities and evaluation criteria. In addition, read the Program Guidance available at carefully before preparing the applicaiton.

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) also has resources to help departments prepare AFG applications, including the AFG and SAFER Grant Narrative Resource Center. Learn more at

The AFG Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Grant Programs Directorate in coordination with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Applicants who have questions regarding the Assistance to Firefighters Grants opportunity should contact the help desk at 1-866-274-0960 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . During the application period, the help desk will operate Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EDT), but is prepared to revise hours of operation based on volume and demand.

For access to the FY 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program Guidance or FAQs, visit

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