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Grant Opportunities

Fire departments and local governments have grant opportunities with the federal government, state government, and other organizations. These grants can help fund projects, purchase equipment, and train personnel. This list is not exhaustive but is intended to provide helpful information in securing additional resources. 

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. More information on the AFG grant can be found on FEMA’s website.

The application period for FY2019 is NOW OPEN. The application period will close on March 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET.

AFG Program Help Desk: 1-866-274-0960 or firegrants@fema.dhs.gov

The Assistance for Firefighters Grant cost share is eligible for reimbursement through the Tennessee Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program. See below for more information.  

Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S)

The Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. More information on FP&S grants can be found on FEMA’s website.

For information on the application period, visit FEMA's website

AFG Program Help Desk: 1-866-274-0960 or firegrants@fema.dhs.gov

USDA

Rural fire departments may be eligible for grants through the United States Department of Agriculture. These include Forest Service grants, Rural Development grants, and others. For a full list of resources, visit USDA’s website.

Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program

The Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant was passed by the General Assembly in 2019 and became effective on January 1, 2020. The grant program has two components: 

  1. Reimburse the local cost share (typically 5% or 10% of the total award depending on population) of a federally awarded grant to a volunteer fire department for the purchase of firefighting equipment and training.
  2.  Allows volunteer fire departments to apply directly to the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) for firefighting equipment.

Completed applications can be sent to Greg Adams at Greg.Adams@tn.gov.

Resources for the Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program:

Department of Agriculture Volunteer Fire Assistance Program

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture administers the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program. Fire departments serving a population of 10,000 or less are eligible to apply. More information on the Department of Agriculture Volunteer Fire Assistance Program can be found on  BurnSafeTN.org.

For help with the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program grants, contact forestry.nashville@tn.gov.

The grants in this section are offered through the following organizations. Please contact them directly for details regarding the programs and requirements.

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grants

State Farm provides grants to a variety of fire service entities. Grants include safety, community development, and education. More information on State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grants can be found here.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has grants for lifesaving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and continuing education. More information can be found on the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program

FM Global offers support to organizations working to combat fire. Eligible organizations can apply for funding to support fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts, fire prevention education/training, and arson prevention/fire investigation. More information on FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program can be found here.