Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Program

The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Program is an important component of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the Nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards.


The purpose of the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Program is to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate incidences of deaths and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards. Funding under FP&S also supports Firefighter Safety, Research and Development (R&D) activities. The allocation of FP&S awards is a highly competitive process; awards are determined based on an applicant’s ability to both address FP&S program priorities and provide the most compelling justification for their need. Applicants whose requests meet these criteria are reviewed by a review panel composed of fire service personnel.


Funding for the Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Program is through the Assistance Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. In 2018, $350 million is the FY 2018 appropriation for the AFG initiative. From this appropriation, $35 million will be allocated to the FY 2018 FP&S Grant Program.


Eligible applicants for the FP&S activity include fire departments; and national, regional, state, local, tribal, territorial, or nonprofit organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities.

Eligible applicants for the R&D activity include national, regional, state, and local non-profit organizations, such as academic (i.e., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions, especially those that are recognized for their experience and expertise in firefighter safety research and development programs or whose applications otherwise demonstrate strong research and development experience and expertise with potential to improve firefighter safety. Under AFG’s authorizing statute, fire departments are not eligible to apply for funding in the R&D FY 2018 FP&S Fact Sheet 2 activity.

Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. For-profit organizations are not eligible to receive a FP&S grant award.

Program Highlights

Fire Prevention

  1. Community Risk Reduction
    • Smoke Alarms: Including addressing the needs of the disabled in your community (i.e., deaf/hard of hearing smoke alarms).
    • Sprinkler Awareness
    • Public Education
    • Training
    • General Prevention/Awareness:
    • Wildland Fire Prevention Programs
    • Risk Assessments
    • Juvenile Firesetter Projects
  2. Code Enforcement/Awareness
  3. Fire & Arson Investigation
  4. National/State/Regional Programs and Studies

Firefighter Safety Research and Development

  1. Behavioral, clinical, and social science studies
  2. Technology and product development studies
  3. Research regarding dissemination and implementation of effective programs and products
  4. Database Systems
  5. Early Career Investigators
FP&S Resources

To learn about the application process and evaluation criteria, please see the below document, or visit visit the grant website at You may also contact the AFG Program Help Desk 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday by calling 1-866-274-0960 or via email at

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