Grants and Loans

Revolving Loan Programs

Applications for the Fire Truck and Ambulance Revolving Loan Programs are now being accepted.  Applications must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2018. It is anticipated that loans will be awarded around April 1, 2019 with disbursement of loan funds around June 1, 2019.

Most Illinois fire departments, fire protection districts and township fire departments are eligible to apply for a Fire Truck Revolving Loan.  Fire departments that are for-profit entities, not-for-profit entities, associations and/or not-for-profit corporations (i.e. not a governmental body) and units of local government that do not operate a fire department (i.e. a municipality that contracts for fire suppression services from another municipality or fire district) are not eligible to apply.

Loans of up to $350,000 are available for Fire Trucks with a loan term not to exceed 20 years.  Applicants may also apply for Brush Trucks up to a maximum loan amount of $100,000 with a loan term not to exceed 10 years.    

Units of local government (city, town, village, township, fire department, fire protection district) that provides ambulance services and not-for profit ambulance service providers are eligible to apply for an Ambulance Revolving Loan.  Fire departments or ambulance service providers that are for-profit entities and units of local government (city, town, village, township, fire department, fire protection district) that do not provide ambulance services (e.g., a municipality that contracts for emergency medical services from another municipality or fire district) are not eligible to apply.   

Loans of up to $200,000 are available for Ambulances with a loan term not to exceed 10 years.

Please refer to the Program Overview for each program for additional information on the loan programs.

Please note that fire department, fire protection district and township fire department applicants must have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System ("NFIRS") for a minimum of two years prior to the application due date to be eligible for a loan, except for fire departments that were issued a Fire Department Identification Number ("FDID") by OSFM less than two years prior to the application are eligible to apply if they have participated in NFIRS since the date their FDID was issued by the OSFM. 
You can check the status of your NFIRS compliance as well as get additional information at our NFIRS Page

​Fire truck and Ambulance revolving loan programs are no longer taking applications.

Information and Eligibility

Eligibility

In order for a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department to be eligible for any grant or revolving loan offered through the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM), the department must be in compliance with the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for a minimum of 24 months prior to the open application period. To check on your NFIRS compliance, click on the following link:

Compliance information is at the bottom of the page.

Federal Grants

For information on federal grant opportunities, click on the following link:

FEMA's Welcome assistance firefighters grant program page

​SFM Grant Table

Name of Grant or LoanDo you Qualify?Amount Available (subject to Legislative appropriation)StatusContact
Small Equipment Grant ProgramThis program provides grants for the purchase of small equipment by a fire department, fire protection district, township fire department, or not-for-profit ambulance service.

For more information, click on Rules
Up to $26,000

This program is not currently accepting applications. The open application period has closed.

Program Information

W-9 Form

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Ambulance Revolving Loan ProgramThis program provides interest-free and low interest loans to local units of government in Illinois for the purchase of ambulances by a fire department, fire protection district, township fire department or non-profit ambulance service.

 More information is above.
$200,000

Repayment period may not exceed 10 years.

The open application period has closed.

FY 2016 Loan Recipients

Fire Truck Revolving Loan ProgramThis program provides interest-free and low interest loans to local units of government in Illinois for the purchase of fire trucks by a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department.

 More information is above.
$350,000

Repayment period may not exceed 20 years.

The open application period has closed.

2015 Loan Recipients

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Fire Station Revolving Loan ProgramThis program provides interest-free and low interest  loans to local units of government in Illinois for the construction, rehabilitation, remodeling, or expansion of a fire station or the acquisition of land for the construction or expansion of a fire station by a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department.$2,000,000
Repayment period may not exceed 25 years.

To date, this program has not been funded.
An open application period has not been determined.

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2018 Small Equipment Grant Recipients

Other Grant/Loan Programs

While not administered by the OSFM these programs are relevant to the Fire Safety Community

Illinois Finance Authority - Rural Development Loan Program

Federal Emergency Management Agency - SAFER Grants