FY 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Application Period is Now Open

April 20, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson announced today that The Department of Homeland Security has posted the FY2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program Guidance on the AFG Website (  Applications for these grants must be received by Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at 5:00 p.m.

 “The AFG program provides a critical and vital service to fire companies across America,” said Thompson, a 30 year veteran of the Howard Volunteer Fire Company. “As a volunteer first responder of 30 years, I know firsthand the financial struggles that many companies encounter. This program, while very competitive in nature, enables fire departments to purchase equipment, receive training, and conduct fire safety and prevention programs in the community. A worthy investment of taxpayer dollars.”

Nationally, the AFG awards, which are distributed in phases, will provide approximately $510 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country. AFG awards aim to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public with respect to fire and other hazards.

An applicant tutorial is available through the website. The tutorial provides valuable grant information and assist in the preparation and submittal of applications. In addition, the applicant tutorial will provide an overview of the funding priorities and evaluation criteria. Applicants who have questions regarding the Assistance to Firefighters Grants opportunity should contact the help desk at 1-866-274-0960 or via email at During the application period, the help desk will operate Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“Along with the professionals at FEMA, my staff and I are prepared to assist emergency service organizations and fire companies in the Fifth District throughout this process,” continued Thompson. “I strongly encourage each qualified organization to pursue these grant opportunities and to contact my office with any additional questions.”  

The AFG Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate in coordination with the U.S. Fire Administration.