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2009 SAFER Grants Information Guide

2009 SAFER Grants Information Guide

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While many different types of recruitment and retention activities may be eligible for funding, it is important to link the R&R activity being requested to an identified R&R issue or problem within the applicant’s department. With proper justification, applications for assistance in the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters could include activities that would require as many as four years to complete. There is no local match requirement for this activity and there are no maximum Federal share limits.

Who is Eligible for SAFER Funding?

Your type of organization affects your eligibility for funding. All volunteer and combination fire departments may apply for either or both of the two grant program activities. Volunteer firefighter interest organizations are eligible for funding only in the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. Career fire departments are eligible for funding only in the Hiring of Firefighters Activity.

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Fire departments with questions regarding the AFG Grants can reach the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Grants Program Directorate (GPD) AFG Program staff at 1-866-274-0960, or via email at For the most current information regarding these grant awards, and any of the many other projects, visit this site or enroll in the FEMA/GPD email newsletter for the most current news releases from the GPD.

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