Announcement - School Access for Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Announcement


The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is happy to announce the availability of funds through the School Access For Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program created by the Colorado State Legislature's SB18-158.  The SAFER Program provides funding for interoperable communication hardware, software, equipment maintenance, and training to allow for seamless communications between existing school communications systems and first responder communications systems.  

Application and Review Process
All eligible applications received by the due date of May 11, 2020 will be reviewed by the Grant Selection Committee (GSC).  GSC members will review submitted applications each week throughout the application period to stay on track with the time table put forth in the legislation, so please submit your application as soon as possible.  Please see the application for complete instructions on submitting your application. 

Technical Assistance, Q&A
DHSEM-SER will hold two technical assistance calls to allow applicants to ask questions and get help with their applications.  They will be held on April 16, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. and April 23, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  Attendance is not required.  Please feel free to forward this information and the technical assistance call invitations to whomever in your organization will be responsible for applying. At anytime during the application period, if you need assistance, please call Austin Geddis on 303.239.4198

Supporting Documents
• SAFER Grant Application Handbook The Ultimate Guide to Incident Management for Higher Education (PDF – 653 KB)
• MOU SAFER Community Partner Interoperability Form  (Word 19.7 KB)
• SAFER Application for Schools Round Three  ( xlsx 139 KB)
• SAFER Application for Public Communications Network Owners  ( xlsx 132 KB)