This is a friendly reminder to fire departments that the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant opportunity opened on Monday and that applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on March 25. On the front lines, each and every fire fighter makes a difference; being short-staffed can jeopardize the safety of the community and first responders themselves. Designed to help departments stay in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association operational standards, the SAFER grant can help prevent layoffs, rehire department veterans, or recruit and train new personnel. FEMA has made available $340 million for this year’s competition for approximately 300 awards. Click here for more general information.
Tuesday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of the highly successful Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. As with the previous seven rounds, FY 2016 TIGER discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.
Since 2009, TIGER has provided nearly $4.6 billion to 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 134 projects to support rural and tribal communities. Demand has been overwhelming, and during the previous seven rounds, the Department received more than 6,700 applications requesting more than $134 billion for transportation projects across the country.Read more here.