Application Period for the FY 2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants is Coming Soon

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsThe FY 2016 SAFER application period is right around the corner. The open application period dates will be released as soon as the information becomes available.

Start planning your FY 2016 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the technical assistance tools below. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2016 applications ahead of the application period. The tools can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – COMING SOON
  • FY 2016 SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • FY 2016 Application Checklist: This checklist will help you prepare your SAFER grant application
  • FY 2016 Self-Evaluation – Hiring of Firefighters: Career, combination, and volunteer fire departments
  • FY 2016 Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Fire Departments: Combination and volunteer fire departments
  • FY 2016 Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Interest Organizations
    National, State, Local, or Tribal Volunteer Firefighters Interest Organizations

SAFER Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, call the toll-free number at 1-866-274-0960; or send email questions to [email protected]. Registration is Required to Apply and Receive Grants

The FY 2016 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

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

  • Submit your question online to the Federal Service Help Desk at
  • Call the Federal Service Help Desk toll free at 866-606-8220
  • SAM Quick Start Guide For New Grantee Registration and SAM Video Tutorial for New Applicants are tools created by the General Services Administration to assist those registering with the System for Award Management (SAM).

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