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for Safety Education Programs

Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) and Senior SAFE Grants

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Massachusetts Department of Fire Services

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11/19/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Massachusetts municipal fire departments to plan and implement safety programs for both school children and older adults. Funding is intended to teach the public about fire safety. The program for children teaches students to recognize the dangers of fire through developmentally appropriate lessons integrated with the curriculum subjects of math, science, language arts, and health or physical education. The program for older adults aims to reduce older adult fire deaths through safety education.

School-based S.A.F.E. Programs:

  • Provide fire and life safety education to school-aged children in order for them to recognize the dangers of fire, including the fire hazards that smoking-related materials pose.
  • Create school partnerships working together to reach the goals and objectives of the state’s Health Education Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core of Learning through teaching key fire safety behaviors.

Senior SAFE Programs:

  • Provide fire and life safety education to seniors in order for them to recognize the dangers of fire, poisoning, falls, and other medical emergencies including the fire hazards that smoking-related materials pose.
  • Create community partnerships and collaborate with the purpose of improving fire and life safety in the homes of seniors. 

Applications funded through these grants shall address the following priorities:

  • Activities that address fire and health hazards of smoking-related materials.
  • Activities/programs that address the key fire and life safety behaviors addressed in the Massachusetts Public Fire and Life Safety Education Curriculum Planning Guidebook.
  • Activities/programs that prevent and reduce fire and burns.
  • Have trained fire and life safety educators providing education, training, and programming in their communities.

School-based S.A.F.E. planning grants will be awarded based on available funds. Planning grants can be awarded once, and then fire departments/districts must apply for program grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147025

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant funding is based on a tiered amount. For additional information, see the FY22 Statewide Tier Amounts in Supporting Documents, below.

It is anticipated that $1,500 will be the award for planning grants.

Term of Contract:

The grant award funds shall be expended within 12 months of the date of the award letter and the required reports submitted within 14 months of the award letter.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fire departments are eligible to apply for a Senior SAFE grant, school-based Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) grant, or S.A.F.E. planning grant, and/ or Senior SAFE grant per the following guidelines:
- All municipal fire departments/ fire districts may apply for the Senior SAFE grant.
- Cities or towns whose fire department or fire district had a S.A.F.E. program grant in any of the Fiscal Years 2016-2020 is eligible to apply for the School-based S.A.F.E. program grant. Fire departments with ongoing programs may utilize grant resources to enhance their current efforts by adhering to the S.A.F.E. program’s guidelines.
- Fire departments or fire districts that have not had an active school-based S.A.F.E. program in any of the Fiscal Years 2016-2020 are eligible to apply for a planning grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, November 19, 2021.

You can use a single application to apply for both the S.A.F.E. and the Senior SAFE Grant programs.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email completed applications to and put "2022 S.A.F.E. Grant" in the subject line.

Or mail to:
Matthew Brennan
S.A.F.E. & Senior SAFE Programs
Department of Fire Services
P.O. Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775

For assistance in the conceptualization or formulation of your program or application, please contact Matthew Brennan at the email address above or call 978-567-3381.

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