The 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants application period is open!

The 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) application period is now open! This period will close on Friday, October 26. There’s a lot of information that needs to be gathered. Contact WSN to start the application process today!

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

Grants are available for fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Service organizations, and State Fire Training Academies.

The primary goal of the AFG is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

All funding assistance is provided through grants. Cost sharing requirements under the FY 2018 AFG Program will be announced when guidance is published. Historically, it has been based on the population protected by the grantee. In most cases for communities in our region, a 5% local match is required, with 95% provided by the AFG program.

If you are considering applying, now is a great time to make sure you have everything in order and ready to go.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you get ready to start your application:

  • Make sure you have a FEMA ID username and password set up and active.
  • Make sure your System for Award Management (SAM) account is completely up-to-date.
  • A Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) Number is required. This unique nine-digit number identifies your business.
    • DUNS Number assignment is free for all businesses required to register with the federal government for contracts or grants.
    • Visit to obtain a DUNS Number of your own.
  • Double-check that your IRS information is current.

FEMA AFG Website

If you have a project that needs funding, contact Widseth Smith Nolting’s funding specialist today.

Pat Conroy