02 Aug 2013

Grant money available to staff your fire department – apply by Aug 30

Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants

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The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720). For details visit http://www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

FY 2013 Program Update


Starting Monday, July 29, 2013, online applications will be accepted for FY 2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants. The deadline for all SAFER grant applications will be Friday, August 30, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

FY 2013 SAFER Grant application tools are now available for download. Start preparing today by reading the newly updated SAFER Get-Ready Guides and by completing the Self-Evaluation Sheets.

Check this website frequently for updates. If you are not currently receiving the free biweekly AFG E-Mail Alerts, be sure to sign up now on the E-Mail Alert signup page.


FY 2013 SAFER Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) available now!


FY 2013 SAFER Get Ready Guides

These guides will help you be prepared to answer Hiring and Recruitment and Retention application questions.


FY 2013 SAFER Grant Self-Evaluation Sheets

SAFER Self-Evaluation Sheets have been developed based on the scoring criteria used by peer reviewers. These tools will help you assess your organization’s readiness to apply for a grant.


System For Award Registrations (SAM) Is A Requirement For All Applicants

Please click here and complete the SAM registration as soon as possible. SAFER applicants that have not completed the SAM registration process, or have not completed the required annual renewal and revalidation of data, will not be eligible to be awarded.

For questions about SAM, contact your State Assigned Grants Management Specialists.

  • SAM registration requirement alert notification. Learn more
  • Register your organization in the System for Award Management (SAM) (SAM.gov), You will not be awarded a grant unless you are registered in SAM.
  • If your organization is already registered, no action is required until that registration has expired.
  • If your registration is expired, validate and update your information at SAM.gov


SAFER Videos


SAFER Grants Management 101 Webinar

Material from the SAFER Grants Management 101 Webinar for FY 2009/2010 is now available for download. (PDF 609kB, TXT 18kB)

  • Topics discussed include:
    • Periods of performance
    • Payment requests
    • Performance report requirements

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