FY 2022 SAFER Grant Application Period: Feb. 13 – Mar. 17, 2023

FY 2022 SAFER Grant Application Period: Feb. 13 – Mar. 17, 2023 The FY 2022 SAFER Application period will open February 13, 2023 at 8 a.m. ET and close March 17, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET.

Start planning your FY 2022 SAFER Application by viewing the FY 2022 SAFER Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) now available at Staffing For Adequate Fire And Emergency Response (SAFER) Documents | FEMA.gov

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities.

The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720). For details, review the National Fire Protection Association’s codes and standards.

APPLICATION PORTAL The online SAFER grant application will be available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program’s FEMA GO (FEMA Grants Outcomes) application portal at https://go.fema.gov.

All users must have their own FEMA GO account. Each account is specific to the authorized user and must not be shared with other personnel. A FEMA GO Account Creation User Guide can be viewed on the SAFER Program website or downloaded to your computer.

Web Browser Information: FEMA GO will only support the most recent major release of the following browsers:             
Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Apple Safari
Microsoft Edge

Users who attempt to use tablet type devices or other browsers may encounter issues with using FEMA GO.


All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can start an application. Per 2 CFR § 25.205, FEMA may not make an award to an entity until the entity has complied with the requirements to provide a valid DUNS number and maintain an active SAM.gov registration with current information. To register, or validate your SAM.gov information, please visit https://www.sam.gov/SAM/.

SAM.gov Registration Tips:

Please ensure the following items are current in SAM and the DUNS number used in SAM is the same one you use for all FEMA applications:
Organization’s name
Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Banking information – type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number

The above information should be consistent throughout all registration documents.

Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in the SAM.gov is FREE.

SAM.gov registration is only active for one year and must be renewed annually.

Should you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help: View Federal Service Desk FAQs at  https://www.fsd.gov/gsafsd_sp
Call the Federal Service Desk toll free at (866) 606-8220
Quick Start Guides for Grant Registrations and SAM Video Tutorial for New Applicants are tools created by the General Services Administration to assist those registering with the System for Award Management (SAM).


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AFG Home Page: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters AFG Regional Representatives:  https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/regional-contacts AFG Help Desk: E-mail: firegrants@fema.dhs.gov Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960

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