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Does Your Fire Department Need Funding? Check Out These Grants!

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 @ 13:01 PM / by Alisyn Franzen

Budget cuts have many municipal departments scrambling to find funding from more sources than ever. Fire departments and fire safety programs and development are often among those facing major cuts. In this blog article, we feature a few of the grants that are available to help fund fire prevention, fire safety, and fire departments in general. Remember, these are only of the few opportunities for such funding. If you need assistance in finding more funding opportunities, contact one of our grant experts today. The initial consultation is always free.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

These were announced fairly recently, on December 17, which is an unusually small application window. There are actually two different grants that make up FEMA’s AFG:

Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S)

FP&S grants support projects that better public safety and the safety of firefighters from fires and related hazards. The main goal in projects is the reduction of injury and prevention of death among high-risk populations.

Eligible applicants include fire departments, national, regional, state, local, Native American tribal organizations, and community organizations that are known for their expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Federal agencies, for-profit organizations, and individuals are not eligible for this funding.

Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity (R&D)Fire Grant

National, regional, state, and local organizations, including academic (e.g., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions are eligible for R&D funding.  Organizations specializing in firefighter safety, health, wellness research, and development activities are encouraged to apply. Fire departments, for-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are ineligible for funding.


FEMA allows fees for grant writers to be included as a pre-award expenditure, but the fees must be paid prior to award, which means they would be paid whether or not an award is granted. 

For both the FP&S and R&D grants, there is a $1 million maximum request. Application requirements are very specific, so it would be wise to review them carefully when applying for the grant.

Deadline: January 18, 2013, 5:00 p.m. ET


The Heritage Program at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has awarded over $29 million in grant money to over 1,800 fire departments across the United States. Grants can be used for equipment, firefighter training, and community education programs.

There are three ways grants are awarded:

  • Participating independent insurance agencies can direct grants to fire departments based on the growth of their business with Fireman’s Fund.

  • Fireman’s Fund employees can nominate fire departments for grants.

  • Fireman’s Fund can award grants for national programs that aim to improve firefighter safety and reduce firefighter accidents.

For those who do not know how to get noticed for these grants, fire departments or organizations have the option of completing a survey on the Fireman’s Fund website, and one of the Fireman’s Fund employees or agencies can nominate that department or organization for a grant.

There is no specific award range published for this grant, but you can visit the Fireman’s Fund website for more information on how to apply.

Deadline: Ongoing


Remember, these are just a few of the available funding opportunities. For more information on how we can help you find funding and meet your goals, contact a grant expert today. We have municipality experts who are ready to assist you.


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Alisyn Franzen

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