The FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) Application Period Opens Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 8 AM ET and Closes on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 5 PM ET

Regarding training in the 2018 AFG program and Action Training Systems (ATS) training materials

  • AFG will fund online training materials
    So, whichever fits your department training the best, Action Training Online Courses or DVDs, either format is fundable

  • A bright spot in the AFG process has been micro grants
    If you have a project that requires a federal share of less than $25,000, this category of funding deserves a long and hard look.

From the FY 2017 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)      

Micro Grants: The selection of the voluntary Micro Grant option (cumulative federal participation of $25,000), for eligible
Operations and Safety activities does not impact an applicant’s request or federal participation under the Vehicle Acquisition or
Regional projects. Applicants that select Micro Grants as a funding opportunity choice may receive additional consideration for an award.

  • In 2017 almost half of the micro-grant requests went to peer review
    Many applications never make it to peer review, being eliminated by the electronic scoring process
    • AFG applications are reviewed through a multi-phase process
      • First, electronically pre-scored and ranked
      • Then scored competitively by (no less than three) members of the Peer Panel Review process

Requesting a micro-grant does not guarantee getting an award but it can up the odds that your application will get past
the electronic scoring phase and make it to the peer review.

  • ATS has some great online training options (see below) that come in under the $25K threshold and line up with grant priorities
      • Fire Department, Regional, and State Fire Training Academy Training Priorities
        Highest Priority:
        • Training evaluated using national or state standards
        • Training that brings a department into compliance with recommended NFPA or other national standards
          ATS course teach to current NFPA standards
        • Instructor-led training that requires student testing to demonstrate academic competence or practical proficiency
          ATS courses are designed to be used as part of a program of instruction overseen by a certified instructor
        • Training that benefits the highest percentage of applicable personnel, such as the hazardous materials training within a fire department or training that will be open to other eligible organizations


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AFG Resources


AFG Tools: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/153366


AFG Home Page:https://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program


AFG Regional Representatives: www.fema.gov/fire-grant-contact-information 


AFG Help Desk Email firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960