One Week Left in 2008 SAFER Application Period

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program Office is reminding fire departments and state or local organizations that represent the interest of volunteer firefighters that one week remains in the SAFER application period.

The application period for SAFER began May 27, 2008 at 8 a.m. ET and will end 5 p.m. ET on June 27.

If you have started an application, please be sure to complete it and submit it before the deadline. All applications must be submitted to be considered for a grant award (click on the submit button in the online application).

Once an application is submitted electronically, an automatic notification via e-mail will be sent to you indicating that we have received it.

The AFG Program Office makes available competitive grants for the hiring of firefighters or the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

SAFER applications are automated and accessible via the AFG Website: www.firegrantsupport.com. The Web site contains important information about SAFER, including the FY2007 funding priorities and program guidance, a web-based tutorial on the application process, a listing of frequently asked questions (FAQs), and other relevant information.

Fire departments that have questions regarding this grant opportunity should contact the AFG Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or email firegrants@dhs.gov.

SAFER is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. SAFER Grants that support the hiring of firefighters require applicants to provide a funding match; the formula for the funding match is explained in the program guidance documents available on the AFG Program's Website. Recruitment and retention grants do not require a funding match.

The AFG Program Office offers three grant opportunities in each year. AFG "fire grant" funds are used by the nation's firefighters and first responders to increase the effectiveness of firefighting and emergency response operations. The application period for these grants was in the spring, and award decisions for applications that are eligible have begun.

In addition to the SAFER Grant opportunity, a third grant opportunity will be available when the AFG Program Office opens the application period for Fire Prevention and Safety Grants.

These grants not only support fire departments but also support other organizations experienced in fire prevention and in firefighter safety research.

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