Changes You Need to Know About the 2013 AFG Program

Learn about some of the 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program changes, including the way the funding is alloted, some of the matching funds policies and the new vehicle rules.


For 2013 these caps have changed to:

Under 100,000 permanent residents: $1 million in federal assistance
100,000-500,000 permanent residents: $2 million in federal assistance
500,000 to 1 million permanent residents: $3 million in federal assistance
1 million to 2.5 million permanent residents: $6 million in federal assistance or 1% of total AFG awards ($3,209,200 for 2013)
Over 2.5 million permanent residents: $9 million in federal assistance or 1% of total AFG awards ($3,209,200 for 2013)

These population breakdowns are for the total population in an application, so whether it’s an individual or a regional application, in the case of the latter it’s the sum of the populations of all involved partners, not just the host. And as the above says, the caps are higher than the allowable funding for the highest two population categories, but that should give us hope that more funding is voted into the program over the next few years so we at least get back to where we were a few years ago when AFG alone had $650 million to $750 million in it.

Check back tomorrow for another article that covers priorities, allowable applications and the scoring matrix.

Get the 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grants program guidance here.

BRIAN P. VICKERS, has been in the fire service for 18 years with numerous state and national certifications for Fire, Rescue and EMS disciplines. He is a former Department Training Officer and District Captain, as well as a Chapter Author for Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival, Brady Publishing's textbook on the NFFF 16 Life Safety Initiatives (published April 2011). He is CEO of Vickers Consulting Services (VCS), one of the country’s leading public safety consulting firms specializing in strategic financial planning and grants. VCS has helped over 3,500 clients receive over $450 million in grant awards in the last 7 years. Their website is www.vickersconsultingservices.com