Category/Topic
Emergency Services
State or Federal?
Federal
Summary
The purpose of the SAFER Grant Program is to provide 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.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations
Eligibility Notes
Under the FY 2017 SAFER Grant Program, eligible applicants are limited to those entities described below within each activity:
- Hiring of Firefighters Activity
- Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity

Under Hiring of Firefighters Activity:
- Volunteer, combination, and career fire departments are eligible to apply for funding.
- National, state, local, or federally recognized tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters are not eligible to receive a SAFER Grant Award under the Hiring of Firefighters Activity

Under Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity:
- Volunteer and combination fire departments and national, state, local, or federally recognized tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to apply for funding.
- Career fire departments are not eligible to receive a SAFER Grant Award under the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Apr 27, 2018
Due Date Notes
Applications are due 4/27/2018 by 5:00pm EST.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Mar 01, 2018
# of Awards
300
Annual or Multi-Year?
Multi-year
Match Required?
Yes
Match Notes
Match is not required for the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity.

Recipients of SAFER Hiring of Firefighters Activity grants are required to contribute non-federal funds subject to a Position Cost Limit and a Cost Share, further described in the NOFO.
Funder
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$345,000,000
Additional Notes
In 2017, awards ranged from $1,800 to $15,468,782 (Los Angeles Fire Department).
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