North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for EMS Webinar 

October 6th, 2022

6:00pm Central

To register for the October 6th webinar, click here.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is a federal grant program administered by FEMA since 2001.  This grant program has been a long-standing program that shows no signs of going away anytime soon, but did you know that this grant is open to certain EMS services? 

Many federal grants have complicated processes of distributing funds.  Many large grants are awarded to state and local governments to distribute as they deem appropriate.  From the beginning, this grant program was designed to be awarded directly to individual departments and eliminate the middleman.  This does two things; it delivers federal funds directly to the organization and makes the selection process extremely competitive.  The AFG grant has provisions to support EMS operations by specifically earmarking funds for certain EMS services.  The 2021 AFG grant had a minimum of $8.2 million designated for the operations and safety category and a minimum of $10 million for the purchase of new ambulances.  These funds are available to what are called “non-affiliated” EMS services.  These services are private nonprofit or government services NOT affiliated with a hospital system. 

The AFG grant requires an applicant to specifically request certain items.  Each year, FEMA publishes the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) which highlights eligible products and where they rate on their priority scale.  Applicants can only request items on the FEMA eligibility list. Applications are scored and ranked based on those with the highest priority items on their list. High priority items from the 2021 grant included:

  • EMT Training
  •  AEMT Training
  • Paramedic training for those with AEMT certification
  • BLS/ALS Equipment
  • Training Aids
  • Powerlift cot systems
  • Rehab equipment
  • Diesel exhaust fume capture systems
  • New ambulance

Watch the ND EMS Association for more information on this grant opportunity.  NDEMSA will be hosting a webinar October 6th to provide an overview of the grant application process and the required documentation for applying.  The opening and deadline for the grant is has not been released at this time.

To register for the October 6th webinar, click here.

North Dakota EMS Association

1622 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503


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