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FY 2016 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Application Period Opening Soon

FEMA sent out an email this past Friday, 9/2/2016, indicating the next application period for Assistance to Firefighters Grants will open in about a month on Tuesday, 10/11/2016. Applications will be due Friday, 11/18/2016 at 5pm ET. Applicants are advised to begin preparing to apply ASAP and can do so using several tools provided by FEMA which are available now and accessible here, including:

  • FY 2016 Notice of Funding Opportunity  (NOFO)
  • FY 2016 AFG Grant Application Get Ready Guide
  • FY 2016 AFG Narrative Get Ready Guide
  • FY 2016 AFG Self-Evaluation – Operations and Safety
  • FY 2016 AFG Self-Evaluation – Vehicle Acquisition
  • FY 2016 AFG Application Checklist
  • FY 2016 AFG Cost Share Calculator

For the latest information on the Assistance to Firefighters program and all of the details, visit the official program site.


Featured Grant Opportunity: SAFER

Fire departments in need of funding for staffing should be aware that application period for FEMA’s staffing grant opportunity–Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)–will open in the near future. The following information is quoted from an email blast issued by FEMA on 2/10/2016. 

The FY 2015 SAFER application period is right around the corner.  The open application period dates will be released as soon as the information becomes available.

Start planning your FY 2015 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the technical assistance tools below.  These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2015 applications ahead of the application period.  The tools can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

SAFER Grants Help Desk:  If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk.  The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is


The FY 2015 SAFER application period will be here before you know it. All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can submit an application. Per 2 CFR § 25.205, FEMA may not make an award to an entity until the entity has complied with the requirements to provide a valid DUNS number and maintain an active registration with current information. consolidates federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

To register, or validate your information, please visit: Registration Tips:

Please ensure the following items are current in and the DUNS number used in is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:

  • Organization’s name
  • Address
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Banking information (type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number
  • Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in is FREE
  • registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually
  • FEMA has prepared a technical assistance document, the Get Ready Guide. This document is designed to walk you through the registration process
  • This information should be consistent in all registration documents

Should you need assistance with your account, there are several ways to get

If you have questions or concerns about your registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at

AFG Home Page:
AFG Regional Representatives:
AFG Help Desk: E-mail:
Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960

Featured Grant Opportunity: Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is now open with applications due 1/15/2016.

“The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.”

For complete information on the AFG Program visit the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program on

We are offering three different AFG services: narrative writing and uploading and submission of the full application, narrative writing only, and editing for a narrative written by a member of your fire department or eligible EMS organization. If you are interested in discussing your project and our services please contact us by filling out our online form here or emailing

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