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Get Ready for FEMA's SAFER Grant

Get Ready for FEMA's SAFER Grant

FEMA's SAFER Grant application period is expected to open on March 11, 2024 at 8:00am ET and close on April 12th at 5:00pm ET. Now is your chance to enhance your recruitment and retention efforts with high-quality signage.

What is the SAFER Grant?

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant program by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides financial assistance to fire departments in need through two main components - recruitment and retention. These awards help fire departments help maintain and grow staff, as well as staying compliant with regulations established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The Power of Outdoor Signage at Your Fire Department

Here's why outdoor signage is a game-changer for recruitment and retention:

  • 1. Visibility: Outdoor signage acts as a beacon, drawing attention to your fire station and making it easily identifiable within the community. It's the first step in grabbing the attention of potential recruits and community members alike.
  • 2. Recruitment: With strategically placed signage, you can effectively communicate recruitment information, such as volunteer opportunities, training programs, and benefits of joining your department. It's a powerful tool for attracting new members who are passionate about serving their community.
  • 3. Retention: Outdoor signage isn't just about attracting new recruits; it's also about keeping your current members engaged and motivated. Displaying messages of appreciation and recognition on your signs can boost morale and reinforce a sense of belonging within your department.

How to Apply for the SAFER Grant?

Now, onto the important part – applying for the SAFER Grant. Here's a basic overview of the application process:

Review the Guidelines

Familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria and guidelines outlined by FEMA for the SAFER Grant program. Ensure that your department meets all requirements before proceeding with the application. Keep in mind, if you are using these funds for a sign, you must apply for a recruitment and retention grant, and you must be a volunteer fire department.

Prepare Your Proposal

Craft a compelling proposal outlining how your department plans to utilize the grant funding for recruitment and retention efforts. You’ll also want to include a detailed description of current recruitment and retentions issues and how an LED sign will improve those, the specific sign you’re interested in, and its cost.

Submit Your Application

Before you can start your application, you will need to know your Unique Entity ID, EIN, and SAM registration status. Once you have this information and your proposal is ready, submit your application through FEMA's designated online portal during the open application period. Be sure to double-check all information and documentation to avoid any errors or delays.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your recruitment and retention strategies with the help of FEMA's SAFER Grant. Invest in high-quality outdoor signage that not only attracts new recruits but also inspires loyalty and dedication among your current members.

For additional help, contact the SAFER Program Help Desk online or toll-free at 866-274-0960.

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