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Fri, Oct 4, 2013 @ 11:10 AM / by Michelle Hansen


Both police and career firefighters are in the top 15 occupations for risk of fatal occupational injury, and the traumatic fatality rates are approximately three to four times higher than the average for all occupations, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The fatality rate for emergency medical services responders is about two and one-half times the rates for all occupations. These statistics show the vital importance of protective gear, necessary equipment, and safety tools for first responders. Grants are often needed to fund many of these integral tools. To assist in finding such grants, the Grant Helpers have compiled a list of potential grants for these public safety efforts. 

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

This yearly grant, awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is designed to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. These grants can be used to purchase equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources necessary to help emergency personnel do their jobs. The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is currently under development, and according to FEMA’s website, the application period will likely open sometime in October. There were over 250 grants awarded through this fund in 2012. For example, last year Park Ridge Fire Department in Park Ridge, IL received a $16,470 grant to be used for training, and The New Canaan Fire Department in New Canaan, CT used a $93,808 AFG to purchase equipment.

Illinois Small Equipment Grant

In our home state of Illinois, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal offers small equipment grants up to $26,000. This program provides grants to local units of government in Illinois for the purchase of small equipment by a fire department, fire protection district, or township fire department. Fire protection entities that are not governmental bodies are not eligible to apply for a grant under this program. The grant committee considers the three following criteria: priority, equipment need, and financial need.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grants

Emergency service entities served by the Firehouse Subs chain of restaurants (see locations here are eligible to receive these grants awarded four times a year in March, June, September, and December. Program goals include:

  • Provision of emergency service entities with life-saving equipment

  • Provision of prevention and educational tools to the public about the importance of fire safety, emergency services, and natural disaster preparedness

  • Provision of financial resources to individuals pursuing a career in the public safety sector through scholarship programs

  • Provision of ground assistance during disasters by feeding victims and medical workers on the scene

Applications can be filled out online. Past recipients of the grants have used the funds to purchase a thermal imaging camera, extrication tools, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), radios, and firefighter turnout gear.

FEMA FY2013 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM)

Grants up to $3 million are available to state, county, city, or township governments through this FEMA-sponsored program. The goal of the program is to reduce the overall risk to the population and structures from future hazardous events by helping grantees implement a pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. Over $23 million is available through this program in Fiscal Year 2013. The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 18.

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants

The national insurance company offers fire prevention and disaster preparedness grants to schools, government entities, charitable non-profit organizations, volunteer fire departments, and chambers of commerce. Grants range from $25,000-$100,000 per award. State Farm grant applications for 2014 funded requests will be available from Tuesday, September 3 through Thursday, October 31. The application can be found online.


Our team of Grant Helper experts, including Municipality Specialist Rebecca Motley, can help throughout the entire grant process. We work hand in hand with you to help you find the funds you need. See our complete list of services to see how we can help you.


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