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Grants & Funding

The NVFC offers a variety of resources to help you secure funding for your fire/EMS department. Find federal and non-federal grant opportunities below, and use the links at the left to access grant writing resources, learn about NVFC grant opportunities, and utilize the Cost Savings Calculators, which helps you make the case for funding by allowing you to calculate the cost-savings your volunteer department provides your community.
 

Resources for Finding Federal Funding

Grants.gov
Grants.gov is a government-wide system used by federal agencies for posting grant announcements and online grant submissions. It is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Federal Grants Wire
Federal Grants Wire is a free resource to search for information about available federal grants, government grants, and loans. The site offers over 1,800 federal grant and loan opportunities, organized by sponsoring agency, applicant type, and subject area to help you find funding opportunities applicable to your program and/or agency. There is also a searchable grant directory and index. Additionally, Federal Grants Wire has multiple resources which provide information such as the definition and classifications of federal grants, how to write grant proposals, tips on applying for federal grants, application eligibility requirements, and more.

FireGrantsHelp
FireGrantsHelp's mission is to provide firefighters and departments with a comprehensive resource for grant information and assistance. The web site features the most extensive fire grant database ever created, with a library of information not only for federal grant programs, but also state, local and corporate grant opportunities. FireGrantsHelp.com also offers users a multitude of free grant assistance tools such as: research guidance, grant writing tips, grant resources, tools, news, and much more. Note: NVFC members receive a discount on grant-writing services from FireGrantsHelp.

EMSGrantsHelp
EMSGrantsHelp's mission is to provide members of the EMS community with a comprehensive resource for grant information and assistance. The web site features the most extensive EMS grant database ever created, with a library of information not only for federal grant programs, but also state, local, and corporate grant opportunities. Note: NVFC members receive a discount on grant-writing services from EMSGrantsHelp.

DHS/FEMA Grants Program Directorate
The purpose of FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) is to strategically and effectively administer and manage FEMA grants to ensure critical and measurable results for customers and stakeholders. This page provides FEMA's Preparedness (Non-Disaster) Grants, Disaster Grants, and Assistance to Firefighters Grants, as well as grant resources and information on how to apply.

Department of Homeland Security - Grants
The Department of Homeland Security enhances the ability of states, local, and tribal jurisdictions, and other regional authorities in the preparation, prevention, and response to terrorist attacks and other disasters, by distributing grant funds. Localities can use grants for planning, equipment, training, and exercise needs. This web page includes a list of Preparedness Grants, resources for finding and applying for Homeland Security grants, and grant administration resources.

FY 2013 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)
The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) provides a mechanism for building and sustaining national preparedness capabilities. The five grant programs under HSGP fund a range of preparedness activities, including planning, equipment acquisition, training, exercises, management, and administration.

Federal Grant Programs

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) is a competitive program that directly awards one-year grants to fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical services organizations nationwide in an effort to give every department the basic tools needed to respond to all hazards. Departments can apply for federal assistance for training, equipment, emergency vehicles, communications equipment, health and safety programs, and fire prevention and education programs.
 
SAFER Grant Program
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program provides grants to fire departments for hiring personnel and to fire departments and regional and state fire associations to implement volunteer recruitment and retention programs.
 
The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Program
The purpose of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program, formerly known as the Rural Community Fire Protection (RCFP) Program, is to provide federal financial, technical, and other assistance to state foresters to train and equip fire departments in rural areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires. A rural community is defined as having 10,000 or less population.
Administered by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant program provides financial resources to help rural communities respond to hazmat incidents. The program focuses on hazmat training and the establishment of Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs).
 
Federal Excess Property Program
Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) is federal personal property that was originally purchased for use by a federal agency, but is no longer needed. It is then acquired by the USDA Forest Service for loan to one of the 50 states or 6 territories for use in the state's rural or wildland fire protection program.
 
Community Facilities Grants and Loans
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) of the Department of Agriculture offers loans and grants to construct, enlarge, extend, or otherwise improve community facilities providing essential services to rural residents. Priority for funding will be given to those projects that will enhance public safety, such as fire, police, rescue, and ambulance services, and projects for health care facilities. The fire service can use the funding for fire stations, fire trucks, and rescue vehicles.
 
Community Development Block Grants
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) provides eligible communities with annual direct grants that they can use for community projects that benefit low- and moderate-income persons, including fire and life safety protection. 
 
Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program
This program provides a death benefit to the eligible survivors of federal, state, or local public safety officers whose death is the direct and proximate result of a personal (traumatic) injury sustained in the line of duty. The program also provides the same benefit to a public safety officer who has been permanently and totally disabled as the direct result of a catastrophic personal injury sustained in the line of duty.
 
Federal Property Reimbursement Agreement
Under Section 11 of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, reimbursement may be made to fire departments for fighting fire on property owned by the Federal government. Only firefighting costs over and above normal operating costs are reimbursable. Claims are submitted to USFA and are reviewed by the Deputy Administrator to ensure they meet the criteria outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations.
 
Federal Surplus Property Programs
Federal surplus property is sold, or otherwise disposed of, primarily by the General Services Administration (GSA) who manages surplus property of civilian Federal departments and agencies. The Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service handles military surplus and excess property, however the donation of excess military property is handled through GSA via state agencies for surplus property. GSA transfers federal surplus personal property to state agencies for surplus property. They in turn can distribute this surplus property for use by eligible recipients, which include public agencies (such as local-level governmental agencies which could include fire departments).

Each state agency responsible for the distribution of federal surplus property can set additional requirements for doing so within the parameters of federal law.
  
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Governments Reimbursement Program
EPA'S Local Governments Reimbursement (LGR) program provides federal funds to local governments for costs related to temporary emergency measures conducted in response to releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances. The program serves as a safety net to provide supplemental funding to local governments that do not have funds available to pay for these response actions.  
 
National Fire Academy Training Assistance
(Student Stipend Reimbursement Program)
Any student who is a member of a fire department or has significant responsibility for fire prevention and control and has been accepted into an eligible course at the National Fire Academy may apply for stipend reimbursement. Reimbursements are not made to federal employees who are attending on behalf of their employer, employees from private industry, or foreign students.
 

Non-Federal Funding

EMSGrantsHelp
EMSGrantsHelp's mission is to provide members of the EMS community with a comprehensive resource for grant information and assistance. The web site features the most extensive EMS grant database ever created, with a library of information not only for federal grant programs, but also state, local, and corporate grant opportunities. Note: NVFC members receive a discount on grant-writing services from EMSGrantsHelp.

FireGrantsHelp
FireGrantsHelp's mission is to provide firefighters and departments with a comprehensive resource for grant information and assistance. The web site features the most extensive fire grant database ever created, with a library of information not only for federal grant programs, but also state, local and corporate grant opportunities. FireGrantsHelp.com also offers users a multitude of free grant assistance tools such as: research guidance, grant writing tips, grant resources, tools, news, and much more. Note: NVFC members receive a discount on grant-writing services from FireGrantsHelp.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grants
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation provides funding, life-saving equipment, disaster assistance, and educational opportunities for first responders and public safety organizations. If your fire department or Fire Corps program is located in a community served by a Firehouse Subs restaurant, consider applying for needed equipment and/or fire prevention resources.

Firemen's Fund Heritage Program
Firemen's Fund Insurance Company's Heritage program awards grants to departments for equipment, training, and community education programs. Since 2004, Firemen's Fund has awarded more than $30 million to fire departments across the U.S.
 
FM Global Fire Prevention Grants
Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, commercial property insurer FM Global awards grants that can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause. Fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local, and community organizations, can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts. Awards have been made throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada and other countries.
 
Funding Alternatives for Fire and Emergency Services
The U.S. Fire Administration developed this manual to provide fire and EMS departments with information on locating and implementing both traditional and nontraditional methods of funding. Download a copy from the USFA Publications Center.

Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade Grants
The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade program provides grants to fire departments located near the company's facilities, as well as the donation of products and safety materials for presentations in local schools. The 2014 application period is now open. Click here to learn more.
   
Globe Gear Giveaway
Globe has teamed up with Dupont and the NVFC to give away 52 sets of gear to volunteer departments in need in 2014. Eligible departments can apply for four sets of gear. Departments must be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, and either the department or the person applying must be a member of the NVFC. The 2014 application period is now closed.

International Fire Relief Mission
The International Fire Relief Mission was founded in 2007. It is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that collects used fire and EMS equipment and delivers it to poorly funded fire departments in developing nations. Its mission is to save firefighter and civilian lives through better equipment and education.

Motorola Solutions Foundation Public Safety Grants
These grants support safety education and training programs for first responders, their families and the general public in the United States and Canada. Information and application for the Public Safety Grants is available in the fall.

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants
State Farm provides grants to help build safer, stronger, and better educated communities across the United States and Canada. The grants focus on three areas: safety, community development, and education. Among those eligible to apply for a grant are 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations and 501(c)(4) volunteer fire companies. Funding for safety grants is directed toward auto and roadway safety; home safety and fire prevention; disaster preparedness; disaster recovery; and personal financial safety/security.