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.
The goal of the grant program is to a) 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, and b) 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.
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.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Fire departments of every city, town, fire district, and authority of the Commonwealth are eligible to apply for funds.
• One-half of the budget of the school-based S.A.F.E. grant must be devoted to the core of the school-based program.
• Funds for S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE cannot be mixed.
• Materials or equipment purchased cannot have multi-use and are limited to the S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE programs.
Applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, October 7, 2022.
Awards will be announced (estimated) by November 30, 2022.
You can use a single application to apply for both the S.A.F.E. and the Senior SAFE Grant programs.
Grant funding is based on a tiered amount. For additional information, see the FY23 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. Grant recipients may request a single six-month period extension by December 31, 2023. The end of the grant performance period is January 31, 2024.