This section is for fire departments (state, local, tribal and territorial) and organizations that represent the interests of firefighters. The section contains information on the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program, application assistance tools, previous grant awards, grant statistics and more.
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, review the National Fire Protection Association's codes and standards.
Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants
OPEN APPLICATION PERIOD ANNOUNCEMENT: The FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) Application Period will open on April 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. ET. and close on Friday May 15 at 5:00 p.m.
Begin preparing now by reviewing the available guidance materials below.
- FY 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
- Economic Hardship Waiver for FPS, SAFER, and AFG
- SAFER Self Evaluation for Hiring - Coming Soon
- SAFER Self Evaluation Recruitment and Retention for Fire Departments - Coming Soon
- SAFER Self Evaluation Recruitment and Retention for Interest Organizations - Coming Soon
System for Award Management Registration Requirement
System for Award Management (Sam.gov) registration is required of all AFG Program applicants and awardees. Please go to SAM.gov/portal/public/SAM/ and follow the FAQs and User Guides for help completing the registration.
SAFER Program Tools
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
- SAFER Program Guidance & FAQs
- SAFER Grant Success Stories
- If you are not currently receiving the free biweekly AFG Program E-Mail Alerts, be sure to sign up now on the E-Mail Alert signup page.