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FEMA SAFER (Firefighter) Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Wednesday July 31st, 2013

Online applications are now being accepted for FY 2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants. The deadline for all SAFER grant applications is Friday, August 30, 2013, at 5 p.m.


For information on how to apply, visit the SAFER Grants Web Page on the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Website (

The first step is to read the FY 2013 SAFER Funding Opportunity Announcement. This document describes how to apply for a grant, activities that will be funded, types of organizations that are eligible to receive awards, the evaluation criteria for making awards, and the federal requirements for grantees.

Activities Eligible for SAFER Grants: 

  • Hiring of firefighters (career, combination, and volunteer fire departments)
  • Recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters (combination and volunteer fire departments and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters)

FY 2013 SAFER Grant Program Tools and Resources Available:

A number of resources have been developed to help potential applicants plan and submit their SAFER grant applications. The following resources can be downloaded from the SAFER Grant Web Page:

  • SAFER Grants Get Ready Guides. A short guide to help you kick-start your grant application and identify and address the most important elements of all the grant application questions.
  • SAFER Grant Self-Evaluation Sheets. Based on the application scoring dimensions used by peer reviewers, these tools can help you assess your organization's readiness to apply for a grant and help you plan your grant application. 

If you have questions about the FP&S Funding Opportunity Announcement or any of the resources, contact the AFG Help Desk by telephone (toll-free at 1-866-274-0960) or email (