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AFG Grants Writing 101 – Don’t Let This Free Money Disappear

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has been extended again to September 23rd. This is the second extension offered this year. From what I am hearing, there have not been an abundance of grant applications this year.

As a fire service, we have a duty to make sure every attempt is made to utilize these grants. If we do not, the funding might not be there next year. Plus, free money? Who doesn’t want that. Maybe you don’t even know where to begin when writing a grant. There are several grant writing firms out there. Some offer customized grant writing, others offer samples of successful grants. What is $50 – $2000 (the higher for custom grant writing) when you could recieve thousands and maybe tens of thousands of dollars in grant money?

Yeah, I said $50. It could be that cheap. Currently, Firehouse Grants  is offering two great deals on The deals offer twenty one (21) AFG narratives, 3 narratives per topic. The topics are: PPE (structural turnout gear), SCBA, Exhaust Systems, Pumper Apparatus, Radios, Rescue Tools, PPE Washer/Dryers. One of the deals is offering each individual topic (3 narratives) for $59 which is a 40% discount. The other deal offers all 8 topics (21 narratives) for $399 which is a 50% discount.

You can get started now! As soon as you purchase the deal, the narratives will be emailed to you. You don’t have to wait. These deals end soon!

Fire Chiefs and Administrators owe it to their firefighters to apply for these grants.

If you are a firefighter who cares about your department, and have identified a need within your agency, you owe it to your fellow firefighters to forward the above information to your Chiefs. Ensure they are aware of this opportunity.

The Secret List put it so eloquently:

Let’s make this REAL clear: 
THE associations YOU pay dues to such as IAFF, IAFC, NFPA, NVFC and many others have all busted their organizational tails to get and maintain this program.  If we don’t get applications in, the non-supportive politicians will use the lack of applications to cut these programs-leaving our supportive politicians empty handed. Read more

The following is from FEMA:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces that the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period will be extended for one additional week. The NEW deadline for AFG applications is September 23, 2011 at 5:00 P.M. EST. The earthquake that affected so many communities in the eastern United States, as well as the continued responses related to hurricane Irene, tropical storm Lee and the active wildfires in southwestern United States have had a direct impact on organizations ability to prepare and apply for grant assistance under the AFG program. We hope this extension will provide valuable time required to complete and submit your application.

The AFG Program Help Desk is ready to assist with any questions applicants may have and can be reached by calling 1-866-274-0960 or email at

The current AFG application deadline is September 23rd

Links to more AFG grant information and guidance:


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  • Blake Bowers

    Seeing as FEMA had changed the way the narratives are done on this round of grants, any “successful narrative” would be a total waste of money. Anybody selling or helping the sales of these would NOT have the best interests of the fire service at heart.

    Sort of like selling SCBA that you know will not work – it is going to kill someone. in their forums has the same stuff, for FREE, and lots of GOOD grant advice for FREE

    • firecritic


      You somewhat contradict yourself. If they changed their process then there isn’t any “good” information free or not.

      Sure, the process may have changed a bit, but the years of successfully written grants still give credence to the process.

      Any professional help departments can get is likely very well received. The deals offered are at a cut rate of the normal price.

  • Dave Schwartz

    I saw this post about Firehouse Grants and figured it was a good time to clarify our services and shed some more light on the subject.

    We offer sample AFG narratives as a tool to help fire and EMS departments prepare their own successful applications. Our goal is to provide departments, many of whom have never written an AFG narrative before, with a basic framework for the key concepts and issues that should be communicated to FEMA and the peer reviewers. We absolutely encourage departments to incorporate these concepts into a narrative that is unique to their own department, community, call volume, equipment status, etc. In fact, our samples are .pdf documents that do not allow copying and pasting. Lastly, we recognize that the location of the narratives and the character limits have changed slightly in the 2011 application, yet the sections regarding department/community overview, demonstration of financial need, project description, cost/benefit, and statement of effect have always been core elements of our successful narratives.

    Firehouse Grants is made up of firefighters and EMTs who are committed to helping fire departments, EMS departments, and other public safety agencies successfully obtain grant funding. Find more info about us at and learn more about our sample narratives at

    I am also happy to answer any other questions on this forum or through a personal message. After all, we are all in this together!