Emergency Services
State or Federal?
SAFER grants provide financial assistance to help fire departments increase frontline firefighters, rehire firefighters that have been laid off, retain firefighters facing immanent layoff, or filling positions vacated through attrition. Grants are offered in two categories: 1) Hiring of Firefighters, and 2) Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters. Funding is provided to ensure that fire departments have the capacity to respond to emergencies safely and effectively, ensuring that communities have improved protection from fire and fire-related hazards.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations, State Government
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants for projects to hire firefighters are: volunteer fire departments, combination fire departments, and career fire departments.

Eligible applicants for projects to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters are: volunteer fire departments, combination fire departments, national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters, and individual fire departments.
Municipalities and fire districts may apply on behalf of fire departments lacking the legal status to do so.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Feb 10, 2017
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Dec 22, 2016
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Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
Optional pre-application webinars are scheduled for: January 4, 6, 9, 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time at (800-320-4330. Passcode #: 530853.

Pre-recorded webinars are available for applicants online at
Match Required?
Match Notes
Matching funds are not required for applicants proposing recruitment and retention projects.
Applicants proposing hiring projects must provide nonfederal cash match:
Year 1: at least 25 percent of actual costs incurred
Year 2: at least 25 percent of actual costs incurred
Year 3: at least 65 percent of actual costs incurred

Applicants proposing hiring projects may request a waiver or reduction of the matching requirements in the case of economic hardship.
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
Previous recipients include:
North Tahoe Fire Protection District (Tahoe City, CA)
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Mather, CA)
City of Newark (OH)
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (Tigard, OH)
Further Information
Program Staff
(866) 274-0960
Fax: (866) 274-0942
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