In late June, Detroit mayor David Bing announced an 18% cut in the city’s firefighter ranks as a result of the city’s dire budget outlook. Predictably, that decision received a fiery response from the firefighters union. The mayor hoped that the city would win a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to rehire 108 of the laid-off firefighters.
Well, that hope and grant application paid off two weeks later. Those firefighter jobs will be saved thanks to a $22.5 million SAFER grant from FEMA. The story is a stark example of the need to be on top of grants for basic city services.
The grant submission period for the next SAFER cycle begins today and ends August 10. So get going if you’re interested in this highly competitive grant. And remember that eCivis is ready to assist you at any stage of the grant writing or management process. If your city or fire department is interested in applying for this SAFER grant opportunity and seeks assistance (whether with full grant writing or peer review services), contact Dr. Bev Browning and her team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (877) 232-4847, option 1.
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