FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant
UPDATE: Deadline extended to May 27, 2020!
$350,000,000 fire grant for firefighter jobs, hiring, and recruitment for fire departments
NOFO Number: DHS-19-GPD-083-000-99
Grant Application Period:
Opens Monday, April 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. ET
May 15, 2020 May 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Increase the number of firefighters in your fire department
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program focuses on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.
The SAFER program accomplishes this by providing funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to assist in increasing the number of firefighters to help communities meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to provide adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments.
What this grant does for your agency
SAFER offers grants to support projects in 2 areas:
- Hiring of Firefighters Activity is to hire new, additional firefighters to improve staffing levels or changing the status of part-time or paid-on-call firefighters to full-time firefighters.
- Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity is to assist fire departments with the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters who are involved with or trained in the operations of firefighting and emergency response.
Agencies awarded the FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant receive funds to help their department recruit and hire firefighters.
Estimated Total Program Funding: $350,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 300
Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.
For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:
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Grant applications are due no later than 5 p.m. EST, May
15 27, 2020.