Information Bulletin Number 0806218

Department of Homeland Security Application Period for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) Grants Now Open – Available Funds Increased

Under the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2008, Congress appropriated $190 million for SAFER Grants. The grants are competitive but the increase of funding in FY2008 provided by the Congress is more than 60% higher than the FY2007 level -- equally increasing the applicant's chance for success.  

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has several tools available at the website for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program ( to assist applicants in preparing a competitive application for SAFER grants.  Of special note is the applicant tutorial.  A user may view the entire tutorial, or access the application section it specifically needs help with.  Also at the site are Frequently Asked Questions and the Program Guidance – an essential document for all applicants.

Beginning May 27, 2008, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began accepting applications for SAFER Grants.  The deadline for receipt of the SAFER Grant applications will be 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 27, 2008.

The applications are automated and accessible from

The SAFER Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.