Application Period Dates Announced for the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe FY 2017 SAFER application period will open on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8 am ET and will close on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5 PM ET.

Start planning your FY 2017 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and Economic Hardship Waivers Information Bulletin (IB). These documents can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

Technical assistance tools, to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2017 applications ahead of the application period, will be coming soon.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Economic Hardship Waivers

SAFER Grants Help Desk

If you have questions about the NOFO or the Economic Hardship Waiver, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is registration is required to apply and receive grants

The FY 2017 SAFER application period will be here before you know it. All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can submit an application. Per 2 CFR § 25.205, FEMA may not make an award to an entity until the entity has complied with the requirements to provide a valid DUNS number and maintain an active registration with current information. consolidates federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

To register, or validate your information, please visit: Registration Tips

Please ensure the following items are current in SAM and the DUNS number used in SAM is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:

  • Organization’s name
  • Address
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Banking information (type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number
  • Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in the is FREE
  • registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually.
  • FEMA has prepared a technical assistance document, the Get Ready Guide. This document is designed to walk you through the registration process
  • This information should be consistent in all registration documents account assistance

Should you need assistance with your account, there are several ways to get help:

If you have questions or concerns about your registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at