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Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)

Grants to USA Fire Departments and Tribes to
Increase Firefighting Capacity in Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Grant Programs Directorate (GPD)

Conf. Date:

02/04/22

Deadline Date:

03/12/21 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories fire departments, tribes, and tribal organizations to increase the number of firefighters available in communities throughout the nation. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities.

The SAFER program accomplishes this by providing 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. 
In awarding these grants, the Administrator of FEMA is required to consider:
  • The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP);
  • The degree to which an award will reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage by reducing the risks associated with fire related and other hazards; and
  • The extent of an applicant’s need for a SAFER grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole. 
  • The number of calls requesting or requiring a firefighting or emergency medical response received by an applicant.
SAFER offers grants to support projects in two areas:
  • Hiring Activity: The Hiring Activity offers grants to support applications to hire new, additional firefighters (or to change the status of part-time or paid-on-call firefighters to full-time firefighters), rehire laid off firefighters, or to retain firefighters facing layoff. 
  • Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters (R&R Activity): The R&R Activity offers grants to support applications to assist fire departments with the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters who are involved with or trained in the operations of firefighting and emergency response. 

Objectives

The objectives of the SAFER grant program are to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to respond to emergencies and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Local fire departments accomplish this by improving staffing and deployment capabilities, so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced staffing levels, recipients should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene.

Priorities

Each activity has specific priorities and objectives. For additional details, please see: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_FY-2020_SAFER-NOFO.pdf#page=48

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169633

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$355,000,000

Number of Grants:

Projected number of Awards: 300

Term of Contract:

- Period of performance: 12-48 Months
- Hiring of Firefighters Activity: The period of performance will be 36 months for all grants awarded under the Hiring of Firefighters Activity.
- Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity: The period of performance will be between 12 and 48 months for all grants awarded under the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity.
- Projected period of performance start date(s): August 24, 2021 (will vary based on award date and activity type)
- Projected period of performance end date(s): August 24, 2022 - 2025 (will vary based on award date and activity type)

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Hiring Activity:
Fire departments operating in any of the 50 states, as well as fire departments in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,1 or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A fire department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, local, tribal, or territorial authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area. National, regional, state, local, tribal and nonprofit interest organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters are not eligible to receive a SAFER Program award under the Hiring Activity.

R&R Activity:
Volunteer and combination fire departments operating in any of the 50 states, as well as fire departments in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,1 or any federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization. A fire department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, local, tribal, or territorial authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area. National, regional, state, local, tribal and nonprofit interest organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to receive a SAFER Program award under the R&R Activity. Career fire departments are not eligible to apply for funding under the R&R Activity.

For information on ineligible applications and organizations, see: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_FY-2020_SAFER-NOFO.pdf#page=42

Pre-proposal Conference:

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs Workshops

For applicants interested in learning how to apply for funding under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs (AFGP), FEMA will host workshops covering the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant program and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants.

- Feb 4, 2021 2:00 PM EST - Feb 4, 2021 4:00 PM EST Virtual - FY 20 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Webinar
- Feb 9, 2021 1:00 PM EST - Feb 9, 2021 2:30 PM EST Virtual - FY 20 AFG Application Walkthrough
- Feb 9, 2021 2:00 PM EST - Feb 9, 2021 4:00 PM EST Virtual - FY 20 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Webinar
- Feb 11, 2021 3:00 PM EST - Feb 11, 2021 4:30 PM EST Virtual - FY 20 AFG Application Walkthrough
- Feb 16, 2021 2:00 PM EST - Feb 16, 2021 4:00 PM EST Virtual - FY 20 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Webinar

For more information and to register, see: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/workshops

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times:

- Date Posted to Grants.gov: February 1, 2021
- Application Start Date: February 8, 2021 at 8 a.m.
- Application Submission Deadline: March 12, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Other Key Dates/Event Suggested Deadline for Completion:

- Obtaining DUNS Number: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid EIN: Eight weeks before actual submission deadline
- Updating SAM registration: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering Organization in FEMA Grants Outcomes (FEMA GO) System: Prior to beginning application
- Submitting complete application in FEMA GO: One week before actual submission deadline

FY 2020 SAFER Grant Program applications must be submitted in the FEMA GO system.

NOTE: If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM. It may take four weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for Grants.gov to recognize your information. Information on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM is available from Grants.gov at: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html.

Rules and tools: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/rules-tools

Program documents: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/safer/documents

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331276

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://go.fema.gov/

The FEMA GO Helpdesk can be reached at (877) 585-3242 or by email at femago@fema.dhs.gov.

For programmatic or grants management questions, please contact your Program Analyst or Grants Management Specialist. If applicants do not know who to contact or if there are programmatic questions or concerns, please contact the SAFER Help Desk at (866) 274-0960 or by e-mail at firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

DHS-FEMA-GPD-AFG
400 C Street S.W., 3N
Washington, DC 20472-3635

CFDA Number:

97.083

Funding or Pin Number:

DHS-20-GPD-083-00-99

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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