The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program is offering funding to support the hiring of firefighters or the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters to help communities meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to provide adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.
The Hiring of Firefighters Activity is to hire new, additional firefighters to improve staffing levels or changing the status of part-time or paid-on-call firefighters to full-time firefighters. Eligible applicants include volunteer, combination and career fire departments. The period of performance will be 36 months. Hiring new firefighters in a fiscal year may not exceed 75% of the usual annual cost of a first-year firefighter in the first 2 years of the grant period, and 35% in the third year.
The Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity is 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. Eligible applicants include volunteer and combination fire departments only; career fire departments are not eligible to receive funding under this activity. The period of performance will be 12 to 48 months and no match or cost share is required.
Municipalities and fire districts may submit applications on behalf of fire departments lacking the legal status to do so, such as those under the support of the municipality or district.
Applications for SAFER grants are due by Friday, March 22, 2019.
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