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Grants for Fire Departments

Federal and state grant programs available to local fire departments.

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Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program

The application period for the FY24 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant is now open. Applications are due on December 1, 2023 at 5:00 PM. Fire departments of every city, town, fire district, and authority of the Commonwealth are eligible to apply for the $5 million of funding that is available through this program.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity, which contains all information required to apply for funding from this program, is available here. The application form is available separately here.

A mandatory webinar on this grant program has been posted to DFS’s Learning Management System (LMS). This program can be accessed by clicking here, logging in, and using course code GFS. Either the Fire Chief or designated Grant Manager for each applicant must complete this webinar prior to the application deadline.

If your application involves communications equipment that requires SIEC review, please fill out the ICIP form by clicking here.

Please contact Tim Moore at 978-567-3721 or ops.dfs-tm-grants@mass.gov with any questions.

Student Awareness of Fire Education Grant Program

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The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) grant program provides resources for fire departments to teach fire safety education in schools.

The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program provides grants to local fire departments to teach fire and life safety to children in schools. The program teaches students to recognize the dangers of fire and the fire hazards of tobacco products through 23 key fire safety behaviors taught in developmentally appropriate ways. Fire and life safety is easy to combine with math, science, language arts and health or physical education lessons, making it easy to collaborate with school teachers. Since the S.A.F.E. program began in 1996, child fire deaths have dropped significantly in Massachusetts. Massachusetts recently went more than two and a half years without losing a child to fire.

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Senior SAFE Grant Program

Senior SAFE is a grant program for fire departments to teach fire safety to seniors. Seniors have a high risk of dying in a fire. Fire and burns risks for seniors include: cooking, smoking, home oxygen use, and electrical and heating dangers.

Senior SAFE also aims to improve safety in senior housing. Programs include:

  • smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installation
  • testing and replacing batteries
  • installation of house numbers
  • heating limiting devices on stoves
  • in-hood stove fire extinguishers
  • nightlights

Education is key to improving the safety of seniors at home. Senior SAFE creates partnerships between agencies that serve seniors and fire departments. Together, these agencies collaborate on local fire and life safety education programs.

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FEMA Fire Safety Grants

FEMA fire safety grants fund critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies and support community resilience.


FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

Since 2001, Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) have helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Click here to view the official application guidance materials. 


FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. Click here to view the official application guidance materials. 


FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants fund fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations directly to help them increase capacity in their communities. Click here to view the official application guidance materials.

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Contact for Grants for Fire Departments




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