Become a AFG/FP&S/SAFER Peer Reviewer for ISFSI

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors, along with other fire service organizations are asked periodically to provide volunteer peer reviewers for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S), and Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) programs. ISFSI members interested representing the Society as a volunteer peer reviewer can be pre-approved by submitting the below application.

Once entered into the peer reviewer database, you will be contacted by ISFSI each time we receive a request for peer reviewers for a program (AFG, FP&S, or SAFER) that you have expressed an interest in reviewing applications for. If you indicate that you are available and interested to participate in the upcoming session, your contact information, along with other pertinent information will be forwarded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant office. Please note, ISFSI does not guarantee you will be selected by FEMA to participate even if your name is forwarded to them. Additionally, ISFSI does not have final say in who is selected for each session, FEMA makes the final selection based on space available.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who manages the AFG, FP&S, and SAFER grant process has shared a number of supporting material to help grant writers develop applications. You can access all of the help documents for each of the grant programs by visiting the FEMA Rules & Tools page.

Help documentation includes:

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) which contains key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.
  • Narrative Ready Guides prepares applicants to thoroughly answer the application questions.
  • Self Evaluation Sheets are designed to help applicants understand the criteria that you must address in your Narrative Statement when apply under the grant program. 
  • Application Checklist will ensure you collect all information beforehand for your grant application to save time when completing future applications.
  • Cost Share Calculator assists with determining your organizations Local Cost Share for grants. Applicants should be familiar with FEMA's administration of cost sharing requirements. 
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Webinars and workshops are scheduled periodically to serve as a training tool to assist applicants and grant recipients in completing applications, understanding program priorities, understanding grant applications, and completing grant tasks. View the list of current webinars and workshops by visiting the FEMA Webinar and Workshop Schedule page.