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 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, provides financial assistance directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations to enhance their abilities with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. 

Below learn about key changes to Assistance to FireFighters Grants (AFG) in 2007, locate key regional contacts, find valuable AFG links, access an online AFG Grant application tutorial, a complete AFG grant workshop presentation, and more.

Key Assistance to FireFighters Grants (AFG)  Changes in FY 2007
In prior years, applicants were limited to submitting one single application under either the Operations and Safety or Vehicle Acquisition program areas. However, in FY 2007, all eligible applicants may submit two separate applications, i.e., one application under Operations and Safety and a second application under Vehicle Acquisition. Additionally, fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations that provide first responder services to urban and suburban communities may request multiple vehicles on their Vehicle Acquisition application while departments servicing rural communities will still be restricted to a one vehicle per request. Finally, the restriction that precluded previous vehicle awardees from receiving a subsequent vehicle award has been removed. Previous AFG vehicle awardees may receive a FY 2007 AFG vehicle award.

The FY 2007 AFG will also allow eligible applicants to submit a third application for a regional project, in addition to their application(s) for operations and/or vehicles (up to 3 separate applications). The result is that one applicant could address more than one operational need, as well as address issues of interoperability during one grant year.

Assistance to FireFighters Grants (AFG) Key Links
ASG 2007 Program Guidance
2007 ASG Applicant Tutorial
ASG 2007 Grant Application Workshop Online
ASG Regional Contacts

Key Assistance to FireFighters Grants (AFG) Contact Info
Fire departments that have questions regarding this grant opportunity should contact the ASG Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, 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. Additional help desk hours may be added if demand is high.  

Available Funding via Assistance to FireFighters Grants (AFG)

  • No less than 3.5 percent of funds ($19.145 million) must be awarded for EMS equipment and training.
  • No less than 5 percent of appropriated funds ($27.35 million) must be made available to make grants for fire prevention activities (FP&S grants).
  • No less than $3 million must be awarded for foam and foam-related equipment.
  • No less than 33 percent of AFG funds ($180 million) must be awarded to combination organizations (organizations with both paid career and volunteer active duty firefighters).
  • No less than 22 percent of AFG funds ($120 million) must be awarded to all- volunteer organizations (organizations with no active duty paid career firefighters).

Congress also limited award amounts based on population protected by the applicant, as indicated below.

  • Applicants that serve a jurisdiction with a population of 500,000 people or less may not receive grant funds in excess of $1 million in any program year.
  • Applicants that serve a jurisdiction with more than 500,000, but not more than one million, people may not receive grant funds in excess of $1.75 million in any program year.
  • Applicants that serve a jurisdiction of more than one million people may not receive grant funds in excess of $2.735 million in any program year.
  • The authorizing legislation allows for DHS to waive the funding limits for applicants that serve jurisdictions of less than one million people, but DHS will only exercise this discretion for applicants whose application for a regional project causes the applicant to exceed the legislative limits.

Information gathered from and the department of homeland security website.

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