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 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:

  • 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.

A second AFG COVID-19 Supplemental grant opportunity for volunteer and combination departments will open in October. Workshop schedule

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

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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