The FY 2017 SAFER application period is right around the corner. The application will open on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Start planning your FY 2017 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and technical assistance tools below. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2017 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) – UPDATED: Updated pages 33 -38 with high, medium, and low program priority details.
- FY 2017 SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Application Checklist: This checklist will help you prepare your SAFER grant application
- 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
- 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.
SAFER Grants Help Desk
If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, 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 email@example.com.
SAM.gov 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 SAM.gov registration with current information. SAM.gov consolidates federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).
To register, or validate your information, please visit: https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/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
- 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 SAM.gov is FREE
- SAM.gov registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually
- This information should be consistent in all registration documents
Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help:
- Submit your SAM.gov question online to the Federal Service Help Desk at https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/home.do
- 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 SAM.gov registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at https://www.fsd.gov
AFG Home Page: www.fema.gov/firegrants
AFG Regional Representatives: http://www.fema.gov/fire-grant-contact-information
AFG Help Desk: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960