Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): SAFER Funding Opportunity AnnouncementDeadline: March 6, 2015
The SAFER Grant Program provides funding directly to fire departments and national, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters to assist them in increasing the number of firefighters to help fire departments meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to protect communities from fire and fire related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments.
The goal of the SAFER Grant Program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. SAFER intends to improve or restore local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced or restored staffing levels, grantees should see a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene. The SAFER Grant Program is comprised of two categories:
- Hiring of Firefighters: Including subcategories for rehiring, retention, attrition, and new hires; career, combination, and volunteer fire departments are eligible to apply.
- Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters: Combination fire departments, volunteer fire departments, and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to apply.
Amount: A total of $340,000,000 is available for up to 300 grants.
Eligibility: Volunteer fire departments, combination fire departments, career fire departments, and national/state/local/tribal organizations that represent the interest of firefighters.