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Fire Service Grants and Funding

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.

Need help with your grant application or award? Contact the AFG Help Desk

Assistance to Firefighters Grants programs

Under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) grants programs, career and volunteer fire departments and other eligible organizations can receive funding through three different grants to:

  • Enhance a fire department’s/safety organization’s ability to protect the health and safety of firefighters and the public.
  • Assist fire prevention programs and support firefighter health and safety research and development.
  • Increase or maintain the number of trained "front line" firefighters available in communities.

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 benefited from a grant award under the AFG program.

Read AFG success stories

Firefighting on federal property

If your fire department recently responded to a fire on federal property, it may be eligible to file a claim under the Reimbursement for Costs of Firefighting on Federal Property Program.

How to file a claim

Guide to funding alternatives

Updated November 2023

This comprehensive resource tackles the challenges faced by EMS agencies and fire departments, providing vital information on funding sources, grants, and alternative revenue options.

Download the funding alternatives guide PDF

Cost recovery tools

Disaster response

Use these worksheets to track incidents and their combined personnel, equipment and materials costs.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) rate calculator

Use these worksheets to track how quickly PPE is used at your facility.