Public Fire Education/S.A.F.E. & Senior SAFE Programs
The Details of Apply for the SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education) & Senior SAFE Programs
What you need for Apply for the SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education) & Senior SAFE Programs
State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine is pleased to announce that the Fiscal Year 2024 FY24 SAFE and Senior SAFE Grant application is now open. Applications are due no later than Thursday February 15, 2024, at 5:00pm. Fire departments of every city, town, fire district and eligible state authority fire department of the Commonwealth are encouraged to apply.
The total amount of funding available is $1,924,866. The final grant award amounts are likely to change depending on final funding approval and the number of departments that apply for the grants.
All FY22 and prior SAFE and Senior SAFE year-end reports must be on file with the Public Education unit to be eligible. The FY23 End of Year Report is due on January 31, 2024.
Any unexpended SAFE and Senior SAFE grant funds from FY22 and prior must be returned with a completed budget worksheet to:
Department of Fire Services
PO Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775
ATTN: Fiscal Department
Fire departments must be compliant with all MFIRS reporting through December 2022 at the time of application submission deadline to be eligible for funding.
Any questions may be directed to SAFE.FireSafetyDivision@mass.gov.
How to apply Apply for the SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education) & Senior SAFE Programs
- DOWNLOAD the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) this document includes step by step instructions that will support the application being filled out correctly.
DOWNLOAD and SAVE the FY24 SAFE and Senior SAFE Grant Application to your device. Name the document: (your) Department_FY24 Grant
(i.e. DFS_FY24 Grant)
- ATTEND a virtual and/or in-person grant application tutorial to learn how to fill out the grant application.
Virtual- Microsoft TEAMS
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
10:00am-12:00pm Link here Virtual- Microsoft TEAMS Tuesday, January 23, 2024 1:00pm-3:00pm Link here DFS Stow Campus Tuesday, January 30, 2024 9:00am-12:00am Register in LMS
Activity Code: GCP_v1 Session: E1
Virtual- Microsoft TEAMS Wednesday, February 7, 2024 1:00pm-3:00pm Link here
COMPLETE the 6 excel tabs of the grant application in the order the tabs are arranged to avoid application errors.
- Cover Sheet
- Joint Applicants (only required if applying for regional/joint application)
- SAFE Program Summary
- Senior SAFE Program Summary
- Budget Worksheet
- Signature Page
SAVE the application to your device. Name the document: (your) Department_FY24 Grant
(i.e. DFS_FY24 Grant)
Submit the completed excel file by email no later than February 15, 2024 at 5:00 pm as an Excel file.
- Email the COMPLETE application with all supporting documents i.e., self-made evaluation(s) to: SAFE.FireSafetyDivision@mass.gov.
- Handwritten applications are not accepted. Hard copies should not be mailed or faxed to DFS.
Next steps for Apply for the SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education) & Senior SAFE Programs
Six-Month Extension Request for unexpended grant funds.
To close out grant extension after the funds are spent: