Fire department grants are widely used today to provide direct funding to local fire departments to help acquire needed equipment and services. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program was established by FEMA in 2001 and provides fire department grants for necessary equipment, vehicles, training, and other resources to ensure public health and safety. In 2009, $210 million was included in the economic stimulus package for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support fire department grants.
In today’s difficult economy it has become necessary for departments to seek alternative sources of funding. Fire department grants support departments looking to update and replace aging equipment and vehicles, and to hire the staff necessary to protect the health and safety of the public.
Fire departments rely on eCivis grants management software for their funding needs to provide the services required to not only locate grants, but also to assist in managing the grants process from beginning to end. Some of the more popular fire department grants include:
- Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program — General Program: This program enhances national capabilities, risk-based prioritization, and interoperability as it provides support for fire or EMS operations and safety, as well as modifications and improvements to EMS and fire vehicles.
- Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program — Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S): The purpose of this program is to reach high risk target groups and mitigate injuries and death by fire and fire-related hazards, as well as to support research and development activities to improve firefighter safety.
- Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Firefighter Grant Program: This program increases the number of frontline firefighters and rehires laid-off firefighters in order to better respond to emergencies, as well as to ensure communities have adequate protection from fire hazards.