FY 2012 SAFER Grant Application Period Opens July 16
June 27, 2012 – The application period for Fiscal Year
2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants opens
Monday, July 16, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. (EDT) and ends August 10, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.
More than $337 million is available for FY 2012 grants to help fire departments
rehire and retain fire fighters, as well as hire additional personnel.
Municipalities with fire departments facing reduced emergency response
capabilities in particular should apply for SAFER funding. The IAFF urges
affiliates to work with their fire chiefs and local lawmakers to file for the
grants. City management must submit the application, but the IAFF is available
to assist your community in applying for the grants.
The FY 2012 SAFER grant
Guidance and Application Kit is posted on the Assistance to Firefighters
web site. The Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also posted a
Ready Guide to help with the application process. All SAFER
applicants should read the Guidance to fully understand the FY 2012 award
criteria, funding priorities and important special application instructions for
completing the application.
The IAFF Grants Department is available to assist IAFF affiliates and their fire
through the application process. To request a review of an application by the
IAFF for feedback and comments prior to submission, affiliates can send their
completed application, including both the data entry and narrative portions, to
the IAFF Grants Department. IAFF Grants Department staff will also be available
for consultation at the
Convention in Philadelphia. For more information, contact the IAFF Grants
Department at (202) 824-1575 or email email@example.com.
Administered through FEMA, SAFER has put thousands of fire fighters back to
work, giving a much-needed boost to public safety in countless struggling
communities. SAFER waivers, which were first enacted in 2009, allow fire
departments to use SAFER grants to rehire fire fighters who have been laid off
and excuse a number of budgetary restrictions
under SAFER that fire departments struggle to meet in a weak economy.