Fire service grants and funding

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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.

Assistance to Firefighters Grants grant 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:

For more information, including eligibility criteria and application deadlines, select one of the grants below.

Need help with your grant application or award?

Watch this short video to learn how the Warwick (Rhode Island) Fire Department benefitted from a grant award under the AFG grants program.

Read AFG success stories

Leveraging FEMA grants to maximize community wildfire mitigation

Download this free report to learn about recommendations for various FEMA grant programs to improve community wildfire mitigation and increase resilience to wildfire.

Critical Success Factor – FEMA Grants: Final Report and Action Plan PDF 619 KB

Guide to funding alternatives

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

We're updating this guide to provide local-level EMS and fire departments with comprehensive information about funding sources. Estimated release date: October 2020.

Reimbursement for 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

More information about grants and funding alternatives