Apply Now: FY 2019 Funding for Staffing Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER)

Application Period For The FY 2019 Staffing For Adequate Fire And Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Is Now Open

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 SAFER Grant application period is now open and will close on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Please make sure that you have thoroughly reviewed the FY 2019 SAFER Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), prior to beginning your application. The SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) should also be reviewed as they provide more detailed information and explanations.

SAFER Application Guidance Materials


SAFER Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the technical assistance tools listed below, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is


The online FY 2019 SAFER Grant Program application is available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program’s FEMA GO (FEMA Grants Outcomes) application portal at

All users 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 AFGP website or downloaded to your computer.

FEMA GO is compatible with Internet Explorer (version 11 or higher), Firefox (version 73 or higher), or Chrome (version 80 or higher). Users who attempt to use tablet type devices or other browsers may encounter issues with using FEMA GO.


FEMA will host live Adobe Connect webinars to provide an overview of the FY 2019 SAFER Grant Program, including both the Hiring of Firefighters activity and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters activity. The presentations will outline important information and reminders about cost share requirements (hiring activity), program priorities, eligible costs, how to navigate the grant application, and tips for preparing a SAFER application. FEMA Fire Program Specialists will be available to answer your questions.

Webinar Schedule:

Topic Day of Week Date Time
FY 2019 SAFER Recruitment and Retention Activity Wednesday 04/22/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
FY 2019 SAFER Hiring of Firefighters Activity Thursday 04/23/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
FY 2019 SAFER Hiring of Firefighters Activity Wednesday 04/29/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
FY 2019 SAFER Recruitment and Retention Activity Thursday 04/30/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Live Webinars

Webinar sessions will be broadcast using an Adobe Connect webinar link. We suggest that you save this link to your browser’s favorites.

The Adobe Connect webinar can be found at

To access the webinar follow these steps:

  1. Click on the webinar link;
  2. Select “enter as a guest” and provide your name and your department’s name. Click on enter the room;
  3. Agree to the terms of the Adobe Connect system, Click on “OK”.

There is no call-in number for the webinars; audio will be through the Adobe Connect link. Need assistance, contact the AFGP Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before you may test your connection and audio at

Not sure if the webinar is working on your computer? Test your webinar access now by signing in as a guest, just visit:


The FY 2019 SAFER application period will open Monday, April 13 at 8:00am ET. All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can both begin and submit an application. To register, or validate your information, please visit:

Should you need assistance with your account, there are several ways to get help:

If you have questions or concerns about your registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at

AFG Home Page:

AFG Regional Representatives:

AFG Help Desk: E-mail:

Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960