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
THE FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2013 STAFFING FOR ADEQUATE FIRE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE (SAFER) GRANTS APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.
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FY 2013 SAFER Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) available now!
FY 2013 SAFER FAQs
FY 2013 SAFER Get Ready Guides
These guides will help you be prepared to answer Hiring, Recruitment and Retention application questions.
- 2013 SAFER General Get Ready Guide
- 2013 SAFER Hiring General Get Ready Guide
- 2013 SAFER Recruitment & Retention Fire Departments Get Ready Guide
- 2013 SAFER Recruitment & Retention Interest Organizations Get Ready Guide
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.
- 2013 SAFER Recruitment & Retention Interest Organizations Self Evaluation
- 2013 SAFER Hiring Self-Evaluation
- 2013 SAFER Recruitment & Retention Fire Departments Self-Evaluation
System for Award Management (SAM) Registration is Required to Apply or Receive a Grant Award
- Please click here and complete the SAM registration as soon as possible. Applicants that have not completed the SAM registration process, or have not completed the required annual renewal and revalidation of data, will not be able to draw grant funds.
- As part of the SAM.gov registration process, every eligible grantee must have their SAM.gov account validated through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and have their CAGE (Commercial and Government Entity) code validated in order to be eligible for award. These validations are conducted as part of the registration process after the organization has submitted their SAM.gov registration. A valid SAM.gov registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award. A valid SAM.gov registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award. If your department has not yet registered within SAM.gov, you are encouraged to do. SAM.gov is administered through the Government Services Administration (GSA). Technical assistance may be obtained through the Federal Service Desk at 866-606-8220. Please be advised
- Register your organization in the System for Award Management (SAM) (SAM.gov), which has replaced the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) system. You may submit an application without being registered in SAM, but you will not be awarded a grant until you are registered in SAM. If you registered in the CCR previously, you don't have to do anything until that registration expires. Then you will validate and update your data, which will have been moved to the SAM.gov system. For questions about SAM, contact your State Assigned Grants Management Specialists.
- SAFER Grant Recruitment and Retention Video
- FY 2010 SAFER Grant Program Video
SAFER Grants Management 101 Webinar
- Topics discussed include:
- Periods of performance
- Payment requests
- Performance report requirements