FY 2021 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) application period open

Fire jobs grant news from FEMA

The fiscal year (FY) 2021 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program application period will open on Monday, January 3, at 8 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, February 4, at 5 p.m. ET.

Start planning your FY 2021 SAFER grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and application guidance materials. These materials were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2021 grant applications ahead of the application period. These documents can be viewed on the SAFER Program website at www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/safer/documents and/or downloaded to your computer:

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • Self-Evaluation – Hiring of Firefighters
    • Career, combination and volunteer fire departments
  • Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Fire Departments
    • Combination and volunteer fire departments
  • Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Interest Organizations
    • National, State, Local, or Tribal Volunteer Firefighters Interest Organizations
  • SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • FEMA GO Account Creation User Guide
  • Applicant Checklist
    • This checklist will help you prepare to answer questions within the grant application.
  • Recruitment and Retention – Request Details Description Instructions
    • This document will provide Recruitment and Retention applicants with a list of the categories and sub-category available in the application as well as information on the level of details needed for each budget line item.

Fire Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the guidance materials listed above, call or email the Fire Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address is for questions is [email protected].The Fire Grants Help Desk is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET.  


The online SAFER grant application will be available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program’s FEMA GO (FEMA Grants Outcomes) application portal at https://go.fema.gov.

All users must have their own FEMA GO account. Each account is specific to the authorized user and must not be shared with other personnel. A FEMA GO Account Creation User Guide can be viewed on the SAFER Program website or downloaded to your computer.

Web Browser Information

FEMA GO will only support the most recent major release of the following browsers:             

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Microsoft Edge

Users who attempt to use tablet type devices or other browsers may encounter issues with using FEMA GO.


All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can start 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 SAM.gov registration with current information. To register, or validate your SAM.gov information, please visit https://www.sam.gov/SAM/.

SAM.gov 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

The above information should be consistent throughout all registration documents.

Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in the SAM.gov is FREE.

SAM.gov registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually.

Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help

If you have questions or concerns about your SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at  https://www.fsd.gov/gsafsd_sp

Submitting Preparer Information

FEMA requires that all applicants identify any individual or organization that assisted with the development, preparation, or review of the application to include drafting or writing the narrative and budget, whether that person, entity, or agent is compensated or not and whether the assistance took place prior to submitting the application. Please ensure that this information is accurate at the time of submission. As a reminder, all applicants must attest that all information contained within the application, including preparer information, to be true, complete, and accurate to the best of your knowledge. If you contract with a grant writer, and they either advise you to not list them in the preparer information section of the application, or refuse to be listed, please notify the SAFER program office.

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