Service expectations placed on emergency services organizations are increasing, including the fire service’s role in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) delivery, response to natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, technical rescue, and acts of terrorism. This expanding mission comes at a time when local government budgets are stretched increasingly thin, which translates into more duties with fewer dollars to support them.
Explore the resources below to identify federal grants and other innovative alternatives that can help provide funds for expenses such as the equipment, apparatus, training and salaries necessary to protect and serve communities.
Under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP), career and volunteer fire departments and other eligible organizations can receive funding through three different grants to:
For more information, including eligibility criteria and application deadlines, select one of the grants below.
Watch this short video to learn how the Warwick (Rhode Island) Fire Department benefitted from a grant award under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
Highlights the pros and cons of funding sources being used by fire agencies throughout the nation. Includes financing alternatives for all types of fire and EMS departments.Download the funding alternatives guide PDF 3.7 MB
If your fire department recently responded to a fire on federal property and your claim meets these criteria PDF 159 KB, your department may be eligible for reimbursement of firefighting costs.
For more information, please contact the USFA's Dennis Gentzel at 301-447-7574.
Grants.gov is your place to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. Here you'll find more than 1,000 different grant programs across all 26 federal grant-making agencies awarding more than $500 billion annually. Search for funding opportunities on Grants.gov.